Lawmakers should not attend funerals of terrorists, said the leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), referring to some parliamentarians from within the ranks of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) who in the past had attended the ceremony. ceremonies organized for PKK terrorists.
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“I do not support the participation of executives, deputies and heads of provincial organizations of any political party at the funeral of a terrorist. This is not true. My understanding of nationalism is patriotism. I love my country and my flag, ”CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu told mukhtars (chiefs) at a meeting in the central Anatolian town of Kayseri on December 2.
Kılıçdaroğlu referred to some of the HDP lawmakers whose participation in the funerals of PKK terrorists sparked controversy in Turkey. The HDP is often criticized for failing to distance the party from the PKK and for failing to condemn the terrorist acts of the PKK.
The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
The CHP leader made the statement after some participants claimed that CHP MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu attended the funeral of a terrorist. Denying these allegations, Kılıçdaroğlu informed that the funeral Tanrıkulu attended was the funeral of human rights activist and lawyer Tahir Elçi in Diyarbakır.
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A circulating photograph of Tanrıkulu attending a terrorist’s funeral is fake, Kılıçdaroğlu said, recalling that the CHP had always condemned terrorism even when he was head of the Diyarbakır bar before joining politics.
The CHP leader called on leaders to question the government’s economic performance, especially the cost the country is paying to international creditors due to high interest rates.
“Have you ever wondered why the government paid $ 192 billion to loan sharks in London or why the government sold one of our biggest military factories to a foreign army? True nationalism requires this kind of questioning, ”he said.
“Someone has to defend our army, and that’s what I am doing,” he said, referring to the ongoing feud between the CHP and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). on the sale of the Turkish military plant in Qatar.