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Selahattin Demirtaş (born 10 April 1973) is a Turkish politician, member of the parliament of Turkey since 2007. He was co-leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), serving alongside Figen Yüksekdağ from 2014 to 2018.
I Am Running for President in Turkey. From My Prison Cell. (2018)
- I Am Running for President in Turkey. From My Prison Cell. (June 20, 2018), The New York Times.
- The right to free expression and assembly has been cast aside, and the number of ordinary people incarcerated is growing by the day. The Turkish government led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, known as the A.K.P., has turned its back on universal democratic values and pushed the country to the brink of political and economic crisis.
- Only the democratic struggle of the people for their own freedom will free Turkey from authoritarianism and fear and free its institutions — the judiciary and the press — from tutelary control by the government.
- It was quite revelatory about the indescribable fear that engulfs authoritarian leaders when confronted with opponents who persevere despite persecution. How acute must Mr. Erdogan’s fear be?
- Turkey now understands that the collective punishment of the Kurds on the southeastern periphery affects freedoms and democratic culture across the country. What was limited to the Kurds has become the norm for Mr. Erdogan’s opponents elsewhere too. The only hope for a liberal, democratic future lies in our coming together to defeat the authoritarian regime.