Selma Irmak: Sur is the Kurdish people’s identity, language and honor

ISTANBUL – Jailed HDP MP Selma Irmak called on the people to speak out against destruction policies of the government in Sur and Hasankeyf. “Sur is not only Sur. Sur is the Kurdish people’s identity, language and honor,” said Selma.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Hakkari MP Selma Irmak sent a message from Kandır No.2 Prison and reacted to the ongoing demolition in Sur and to detonation of Darphane Fortress in Hasankeyf with dynamite. Selma sent a message to the HDP Headquarters and said;

“We call on all our people to stand against destruction policies in Sur and Hasankeyf

Hasankeyf has faced to be destroyed by Ilisu Dam on Upper Mesopotamia known as cradle of civilizations and Diyarbakır’s heart Sur has faced to be demolished by the AKP’s government’s practices.

I am greeting the action launched by our Batman MP Mehmet Ali Aslan to draw attention to the destruction in Hasankeyf. What will be destroyed is not only the footprints of many civilizations and the evidences of their tangible assets but also the culture, language and historical memory of this geographical region. Hasankeyf is also home of many animals and plants. What do you want from mute animals and plants, even if you do not have respect for humanity and history?

The AKP government, which strengthened its hegemonic power again by using solution process, aimed at carrying the coup mechanism by itself by ending this process. As a result of these practices, dozens of settlements have been burned and demolished and hundreds of thousands of people have become refugees in their own homelands. While our people in Diyarbakır’s Sur district have faced a human tragedy from this respect, they haven’t left their homes despite lack of water and this gives us strength. Sur is not only Sur. Sur is the Kurdish people’s identity, language and honor.

We call on our people to stand against destruction policies of the government in Sur and Hasankeyf and to speak out against these policies.

Selma Irmak
Kandıra Prison
21 August 2017 “