The co-chair of the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has called the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) “stupid,” while commenting on the failed July 15 coup attempt.
“No offence, but this government is the most stupid government in the world … The AKP’s weakest spot is always being fooled,” HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş said in the parliamentary group meeting of his party in Ankara on Oct. 4.
“There is no TV station left that will broadcast this speech. [The AKP] thinks people will support it if they don’t hear the truth. But yet again someone has fooled them again. We are the only ones who haven’t fooled them,” Demirtaş added.
He also criticized the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), accusing them of “kneeling down in front of the Presidential Palace.”
“There is nobody other than us resisting, no hope other than us. They are all as timid as mice in front of the Presidential Palace,” Demirtaş said, adding that there are now “only two parties in parliament.”
“But this is not the time to be afraid. If we have to pay a price for freedom, then we will pay that price. We won’t surrender … Resistance against cruelty is a legitimate right,” he vowed.
The HDP co-chair also harshly slammed the recent shutting down of radio stations and TV channels in state of emergency decrees made after the coup attempt.
“If the outlets that were closed down had sold their honor, it would be ministers visiting them rather than the police,” Demirtaş said.