CHP’s call to Turkey in connection with the events of Gezi Park / Taksim Square 11 June 2013

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:

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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