CHP’s call to Turkey in connection with the events of Gezi Park / Taksim Square:
1. The demands of the young (digital) generation and of important segments of the general population who also share their views concerning the protection and deepening of democracy, respect of their fundamental rights and freedoms have been reciprocated and found just by the public. These demands are clearly reasonable and legitimate.
2. The notion of governance that deliberately puts the police in confrontation with the people and that instructs them to resort to the disproportionate use of force against the people, thus inciting and escalating violence is wrong and anachronistic.
3. Those who have given the instructions to use disproportionate force against the demonstrators and members of police who have actually done so must immediately be held accountable for their actions.
4. Under the prevailing social conditions in the country, political parties should refrain from holding public meetings and take constructive and conciliatory steps to reduce tension.
5. Our citizens are deeply concerned and anxious. They want an end to the current crisis before it gets any worse and without resisting the legitimate demands of the people. Political parties must act responsibly and with moderation to preserve social peace and stability.
6. Because of the ongoing events, the economy is losing strength. This negative environment must rapidly be left behind.
7. The perception of Turkey in the international community has suffered a serious blow, reflected in mounting criticism from across the globe. To restore the respect our country deserves, democracy and fundamental rights and freedoms must be reestablished on a stronger basis.
8. CHP, with these considerations in mind, is calling on the President of Turkey to invite at the earliest occasion the leaders of political parties to a summit meeting. The goal is to restore stability of Turkey. Moreover, in accordance with Article 104(b) of the Constitution, it is the duty of the President to convene the Council of Ministers with a view of leading the process of to overcome the current crisis.
Please also see: CHP Vice-President Faruk Loğoğlu: The European Parliament should be questioning not Turkey’s EU membership, but AKP’s policies and practices found unacceptable: http://bit.ly/175DwUu