Voters went to the polls April 16 to vote on a new draft constitution that would officially increase the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The opponents of the bill including the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the main opposition party in Turkey’s parliament, have been trying to fight it in an environment where deviation from the point of view of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is often labeled by the government and its media as “support of terrorism” or “treason.”
However, the CHP party is not and has never been a beacon of democracy either. A few days ago, Hüsnü Bozkurt, an MP of the CHP, which lists “laicism” (secularism) as one of its principles, said: “If the ‘yes’ vote comes out of the ballot box, we will chase you and your extended families and throw all of you into the sea.” He elaborated on the CHP-supporting Halk TV channel:
“Let’s say the result is ‘yes’. Let no one rejoice. We will start with Samsun again [where, according to the official Turkish historiography, the Turkish “war against imperialism” was started in 1919], then go to Amasya, Sivas [where meetings were held by Turkish nationalists as to how they should “save” Asia Minor in 1919] and to Ankara. And we will go to Inonu, Sakarya, and Dumlupinar [where Turks fought against the Greek military during 1920s] and chase you to Izmir and throw you and your entire extended families as well as all imperialists into the sea. If we do not do that, let our mothers’ milk not be halal to us.”
by Uzay Bulut