The alarm sounded as usual at 7:30. I woke the children up and ran to the kitchen to prepare breakfast. Normally, while I prepare breakfast, I watch the news on TV. That was before the closure of the Kurdish TV channel and other alternative media channels. There are no credible television channels reporting about the region. So today, my birds and turtles keep me company, instead of the TV. When children start breakfast, I check my Iphone. I find a lot of messages from Western friends. They write to me: “How are you? Are you OK?” I feel from the messages that something has happened in my town or my country.
I turn the TV on right away, and I try the CNN Turkish channel. I try to understand what happened. There is a lot of publicity on Turkish CNN. I was sure that something had happened but I could not find what it was on the Turkish media. A man on the Turkish CNN shouted, “Aaauuu …. Tttttooo … ..shooooooooowww “. It was a TV spot.
With these yells in the background, I read at the bottom of the screen, written in lower case, that the co-chairs of HDP (People’s Democratic Party) Demirtas, Figen Yüksekdag, and HDP congressmen Ferhat Encü, Selma Irmak, Aycan Irmez, Leyla Birlik, Abdullah Zeydan, Idris Baluken, Sirri Süreyya Onder, Ziya Pir, Nursel Aydogan, Gülser Yildirim were arrested overnight. I yelled “Ohh no!” My son asked me, “Mom, what happened?” “The police arrested them,” I replied. Then my little son asked: “Even Uncle Osman, uncle Ahmet and aunt Meral were arrested?” They are other HDP congressmen and family friends. I answered to my son: “no … for now.” The co-chairs representatives of Turkey’s third party were arrested, but advertising continues to occupy TV time. A new ad says: “Gold means investing in the future. Invest in gold, invest in your future.”