How the West betrayed Turkish democracy amid crackdown on HDP - analysis

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How the West betrayed Turkish democracy amid crackdown on HDP - analysis
The betrayal of Turkey’s democratic activists has been a long, slow process.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
FEBRUARY 21, 2021

Turkey’s authoritarian regime continued its crackdown on the opposition HDP party this week, seeking to prosecute more of its members of parliament. In recent years Turkey has waged a legal war on its opposition parties, trying to make it so that only the AK Party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains in power. Ankara, the largest jailor of journalists, is also moving to be the largest jailor of opposition politicians. However, Western democracies that usually preach about human rights and democracy have largely been silent.

The betrayal of Turkey’s democratic activists has been a long, slow process. Years ago Turkey, a member of NATO, claimed that it was fighting “terrorism” in the form of the Kurdistan Workers Party. Most Western countries, including the United States, supported this “war on terror,” using the argument that every country in the world was not fighting “terrorism.” At the same time, the argument was that members of the Kurdish minority in Turkey, accused of supporting “terrorism,” could choose democratic politics instead of armed struggle. The result was that the many Kurds and others in Turkey voted for the HDP, the People’s Democratic Party, helping it pass the 10% threshold to enter parliament. In June 2015, the HDP made major inroads in Turkey, receiving up to 80 seats in the 550-member parliament. This threatened the AKP's stranglehold on power.

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