In response to arrests of the chairman, officials and members of parliament of the pro-Kurdish opposition party HDP in Turkey, the provincial council members of the FNP wish to make the following statement:
"The arrests of many leaders of the opposition party HDP, which obtained more than 10 percent of the votes after the previous parliamentary elections and hence represents millions of voters in Turkey, is democratically and constitutionally not acceptable.
Especially HDP has always been committed to finding a peaceful solution with the Turkish leaders. The European party EFA (European Free Alliance), which the FNP is also affiliated with, has close contacts with HDP. EFA is very concerned about the developments in Turkey, which could eventually end in civil war. Already at this moment many Kurdish cities have been destroyed and a continuous state of emergency is in place. A state of emergency which is being exploited by the Turkish government to arrest even more journalist, politicians and critics of the regime.
Without HDP, which has a broad support in the Kurdish part of the population and which also has attracted many votes from left-liberal Turks, the democratic process with the Turks and the peace process with the Kurds will be permanently compromised. The current escalation indicates that Erdogan's regime not only suppresses the Turkish opposition and independent press, but is also violating minority rights.
The negotiations with Turkey about joining the EU must be suspended immediately and should only be resumed when Turkish democracy is restored."