latest news I’m in prison because Erdoğan is afraid of me: Selahattin Demirtaş SonDakika-Haberleri.Net
Sondakika-haberleri.Net Jailed Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş, who considers himself a political hostage of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has voiced his support for a democratic block to be established in opposition to the government. “I'm not a prisoner, I'm a political hostage. I clearly know that Erdoğan fears me, that is why he keeps me here," Demirtaş said.
Former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, who has been jailed for nearly four years, says that his imprisonment is the result of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s fear of himself and his party’s political power.
“I’m not a prisoner, I’m a political hostage. I clearly know that Erdoğan fears me, that is why he keeps me here,” Demirtaş told news portal T24.
“But I and others like me can’t be confined by four walls, that’s what they don’t understand, because we are not anyone’s man, we are the children of the people,” he added.
Demirtaş has been jailed on a litany of terror charges which critics say are baseless and rooted in an attempt to annihilate the pro-Kurdish political movement. While arrests of prominent HDP officials have risen, including a recent operation in which a number of the party’s politicians were arrested, 20,000 party members have been arrested since 2009, according to Demirtaş.
“Therefore, the timing of the last political operation is not meaningful. It is only the latest of the AKP’s relentless attacks geared toward liquidating the HDP. Of course, it features more prominently on the agenda when those who are arrested are publicly known. Otherwise, dozens of HDP members are jailed illegally nearly every week,” Demirtaş said.