Surely the anti-Kurdish campaign will intensify. The alliance of the AKP with the nationalist party MHP, by nature contrary to the Kurdish democratic demands, will strengthen it. Everything will end up in the hands of one man, every institutional power. We fear there will be an escalation of the war against the Kurds. That has never ended, by the way: In Turkey and northern Syria, the Cizre, Kobane and Jazira cantons suffer other forms of repression.
Can the vote be held normally in the Turkish Southeast? The military campaign and the curfews are still standing.
This is the situation: Whole communities are still under curfew, neighborhoods are inaccessible because of army blockades and more than half a million have been displaced. It is obvious that the vote will suffer the consequences of the ongoing military operation, but we are also aware of the Kurdish consciousness. The Kurds know how critical this referendum is for their fight and they will go to vote anyway.
In the past months, the Turkish government presented reconstruction plans, but the Kurdish community has expressed a strong fear of another wave of displacement and gentrification.
The government promises to rebuild but still has not done so. We want to rebuild on our own to prevent the process from becoming another tool for the displacement and expulsion of our community from the Kurdish centers. To date, despite our efforts, the government prevents us from rebuilding houses. In Diyarbakir and Sur, the goal is clear: Ankara wants to make it a tourist center to be entrusted to the management of people within Erdogan’s circle, to take it away from the Kurdish community and exploit its potential. They want to transform Sur into their tourist site through a militarized reconstruction.