February 16, 2009
The PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) leader Abdullah
Ocalan attacked the ideas of the Socialist Party of
Kurdistan (PSK) leader Kemal Burkay and called him
and his supporters ‘fake Kurds’ on 6th of February
in a statement to his lawyers. Both the PKK and PSK
are on the Turkish terrorist list. According to
Burkay, Ocalan works for the Turkish deep state [Ergenekon].
Recently Burkay was interviewed by the Turkish Zaman
newspaper and said that the PKK is a ‘provocative’
organization which was founded to attack Kurdish
socialists and democrats.
He also claimed that the PKK was controlled by the
Turkish intelligence services, but later Syria took
over control when the PKK established their camps in
Syria. After Ocalan’s capture in 1999; Ocalan was
controlled again by the Turkish ‘deep state’.
In 1993 PSK-leader decided worked together for a
short time with the PKK when then the PKK declared
their first ceasefire. But it soon broke down when
the PKK resorted to violence.
Kemal Burkay thinks this
also shows why the PKK is against the TRT 6 station.
“It was one of their demands before [PKK] . Now
their requirement has been met.
And now for what reason they oppose the channel?
It’s a pity that the PKK is not a democratic
organization. The PKK is controlled from Imrali [by
the deep state].” Burkay also thinks that if the PKK
claims to work for the Kurds, they should drop their
weapons. “Some steps have been taken [On the Kurdish
issue]. More steps are needed.” But according to
Burkay these steps should be reached with dialogue
and democratic politics.
But the PKK doesn’t agree with this and argues that
through violence changes can be reached in Turkey.
The PKK uses both violence and diplomacy through the
Democratic Society Party (DTP). It can be partially
compared to the policies of the IRA and their
political branch Sinn Fein or the political branch
of the ETA,www.ekurd.netBatsuna,
which was banned by the Spanish authorities after a
failure of negotiations.
PKK-leader Ocalan didn’t deny that he speaks about
recent political events, but he doesn’t agree that
he gives direct orders to the PKK. He regards
himself as a sort of philosopher that gives
recommendations, but not orders. “This criticism is
cheap,” Ocalan said and claimed he heard this
criticism before. Abdullah Ocalan stated that it’s
impossible in his conditions to give daily
instructions to lead the PKK. “They don’t know in
what circumstances I live. I have lived in severe
conditions for ten years.”
Abdullah Ocalan thinks that Burkay was against the
PKK for many years and is supported/financed by
Germany and the Socialist Party of Germany. He also
proclaimed that Burkay’s party members are part of
the new TRT 6 tv-station. “They are fake Kurds. We
are proud to support the Kurds that are Kurds. We
support the Kurds,www.ekurd.netthat
want a democratic republic.”
Burkay has been active in Turkish politics since
1965. In 1974, he established the forbidden
Kurdistan Socialist Party (PSK). The PSK won the
mayoral office in Diyarbakir and in Ağrı in 1977
with their independent candidates. The role of the
PSK was severly diminished, after many PSK activists
fled to Europe and the PKK started their armed
insurgency against Turkey with Syrian support.
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Over 40,000 Turkish soldiers and Kurdish PKK
guerrillas have been killed since 1984 when the Turkey's
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) (Partiya Karkeren
Kurdistan) took up arms for self-rule in the mainly
Kurdish southeast of Turkey (Turkey-Kurdistan). A large Turkey's
Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.
Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population
as a distinct minority.
The PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds'
identity in its constitution and of their language
as a native language along with Turkish in the
country's Kurdish areas, the party also demanded
an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and
constitution against Kurds, ranting them full
Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population
as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural
rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish
language and private Kurdish language courses with
the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians
say the measures fall short of their expectations.
The PKK is considered a 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara and U.S., the PKK continues to be on the
blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which
overturned a decision
to place the Kurdish rebel
group PKK and its political wing on
the European Union's terror list.
** Kurds are not recognized as an official minority
in Turkey and are denied rights granted to other
minority groups. Under EU pressure, Turkey recently
granted Kurds limited rights for broadcasts and
education in the Kurdish language, but critics say
the measures do not go far enough.
The use of the term "Kurdistan" is vigorously
rejected due to its alleged political implications
by the Republic of Turkey, which does not recognize
the existence of a "Turkish Kurdistan" Southeast
Others estimate over 40 million Kurds live in Big
Kurdistan (Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Armenia),
which covers an area as big as France, about half of
all Kurds which estimate to 20 million live in
Turkey is home to 25 million ethnic Kurds, a large
Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with
the Kurdish PKK for a Kurdish homeland in the
country's mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey.
Before August 2002, the Turkish government placed
severe restrictions on the use of Kurdish language,
prohibiting the language in education and broadcast
media. The Kurdish alphabet is still not recognized
in Turkey, and use of the Kurdish letters X, W, Q
which do not exist in the Turkish alphabet has led
to judicial persecution in 2000 and 2003
The Kurdish flag flown officially in Iraqi Kurdistan
but unofficially flown by Kurds in Armenia. The flag
is banned in Iran, Syria, and Turkey where flying it
is a criminal offence"
North Kurdistan (