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Sinn Fein leader calls on Turkey to end war on Kurds

SINN FEIN leader Mary Lou McDonald has written to Turkey’s ambassador to Ireland voicing her alarm after a criminal complaint was filed against exiled Kurdish politician Osman Baydemir ​​​​​​.

Authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was angered over the former People’s Democratic Party (HDP) MP for speaking out against Turkey’s invasion of Syria at a 20,000-strong London rally on Sunday.

Mr Baydemir — who already faces 117-years in jail in Turkey — referred to Mr Erdogan, asking the crowds: “Who is a terrorist, who is a dictator? Who kills the Kurds? Who kills children and women?”

He continued: “Now we all have to crush fascism together. Now we all have to stop the massacre in Rojava. If we don’t do this now, history will repeat itself, like the Armenian genocide in 1915.”

The exiled MP exposed the Turkish state’s links to Isis, which are now coming to the world’s intention due to the war on Kurds in northern Syria.

Ms McDonald condemned Mr Erdogan’s criminal complaint against Mr Baydemir for “insulting the Turkish state.”

The Dublin TD outlined Sinn Fein’s concern at the Turkish government’s human rights record and lack of commitment to democratic norms 

Ms McDonald said: “Sinn Fein has repeatedly spoken out against the violation of the human rights of Kurdish citizens in the south-east of Turkey and the political repression which has seen MPs, mayors and political activists imprisoned.

“[We] have joined the international outrage at the Turkish military’s invasion of northern Syria and we completely oppose this invasion and occupation.

“We call on Turkey to immediately end its military attacks on the [Syrian Democratic Forces], remove its army from Syria, end the oppression of Kurdish citizens, and commit to human rights and democratic norms.”


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