Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence held in Ham­burg after the G20 meet­ing, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared the fol­low­ing con­cern­ing Sela­hat­tin Demir­taş — the Co-Pres­i­dent of the HDP Par­ty jailed since Novem­ber 4:

This man is a ter­ror­ist. He is such a ter­ror­ist that he sent my Kur­dish broth­ers into the street and had 53 of my Kur­dish broth­ers killed by oth­ers Kurds. This is only one of his crimes. He is cur­rent­ly before jus­tice. We will accept the deci­sion jus­tice will ren­der in this case.”

In an open let­ter from his prison in Edirne, Sela­hat­tin Demir­taş answered Erdoğan (Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic and Pres­i­dent Gen­er­al of the AKP Par­ty). Here is his response, trans­lat­ed into Eng­lish by Renée Lucie Bourges, for Kedistan.

An open call to the President General of the AKP

Before any­thing else, I wish to return to you, as is, the insult you addressed, through me, to the will of mil­lions of peo­ple. More­over, I also want to « thank » you.

You have lift­ed from us the weight of prov­ing that the pro­ce­dure con­duct­ed against us in the name of jus­tice, has noth­ing to do with jus­tice in fact, and that the ver­dict is ren­dered by you, in person.

I make this open call : in the past 8 months, your pros­e­cu­tors and some of the judges at your orders have not found a sin­gle piece of evi­dence con­cern­ing the call to demon­stra­tions and destruc­tion I would have launched dur­ing the events of Octo­ber 6–8 in Kobanê [see con­text]. If you have such proof, I want you to turn it over to your pros­e­cu­tors who are des­per­ate­ly search­ing for evi­dence against me.

By announc­ing such a ver­dict, even before my tri­al begins, that I am a ter­ror­ist and had 54 peo­ple killed, you have ren­dered all fur­ther judg­ments non­sen­si­cal and use­less, and I « thank » you. Soon­er or lat­er, I will face my judges. There, who is tru­ly the ter­ror­ist and the assas­sin will become clear in the eyes of the pub­lic. Pri­or to that, in the eyes of God, this is already known.

More­over, 44 of the 54 cit­i­zens assas­si­nat­ed dur­ing the events in Kobanê were mem­bers and sym­pa­thiz­ers of the HDP. While our com­rades were being mas­sa­cred in the street, while the towns of Cizre and Sur were being destroyed and civil­ians mas­sa­cred, those who attempt­ed the July 15th coup were at their jobs as pre­fects, com­man­ders, police chiefs, pros­e­cu­tors and judges.

Despite the fact you see that these peo­ple were involved in the July 15th attempts, that they killed hun­dreds of cit­i­zens mer­ci­less­ly, you tried to impute the crimes to me, instead of seek­ing to find out if they played any part in the provo­ca­tions and mas­sacres of Octo­ber 6–8, falling into the medi­oc­rity of revenge against a polit­i­cal adver­sary. This is a true sign of weakness.

Since you’ve been the country’s leader for the past 15 years, you hold the pri­ma­ry respon­si­bil­i­ty for all that has hap­pened to the coun­try dur­ing this time. Your efforts to make us for­get this aren’t lost on us.

The fact you attack me in your pan­ic and unjust­ly, while I am locked behind four walls, is an atti­tude far removed from courage. I want you to know I fear no one oth­er than God. I will nev­er fall into plead­ing for mer­cy, as if beg­ging for char­i­ty, nei­ther from you, nor for the exe­cu­tion­ers of the per­se­cu­tions per­formed at your com­mand. Even if I know I will spend the rest of my life in jail, I will nev­er accept dis­hon­or and submission.

The HDP and all of its friends, in jail or out­side, will resist fas­cism, and we shall win in the eyes of his­to­ry, you can be sure of it.

I would like you to know that, even though I’m in a type F jail cell, my con­science is clear, I am with­out fear and hap­py. This is why I ask you please, not to « wor­ry » about me.

Sela­hat­tin Demirtaş
Co-Pres­i­dent of the HDP, Peo­ples’ Demo­c­ra­t­ic Party
Edirne Prison, July 10 2017

You can read all the Kedistan article concerning Selahattin Demirtaş 
by following this link.

Sela­hat­tin Demir­taş is accused of « head­ing a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion », of « pro­pa­gan­da for a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion », of « oppo­si­tion to the law con­cern­ing demon­stra­tions and pub­lic gath­er­ings », of « inci­ta­tion to hatred and rebel­lion », and on sev­er­al of these charges, the pros­e­cu­tion is call­ing for a sen­tence of 43 years, and up to 142 years. He is present­ly incar­cer­at­ed in a type F cell in Edirne Prison.

Trans­la­tion by Renée Lucie Bourges
French ver­sion > Demir­taş à Erdoğan : “T’inquiète pas pour moi”…

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