Friday, April 7, 2017

BANNED IN TURKEY – Bêjin Na (Say No)

The Ankara-appointed governor of the city of Sirnak banned this week a Kurdish song prepared by the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) for its ‘no’ campaign to extending Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers in an upcoming referendum on April 16.

A written request made by the chief of the police in the province to the Governor Ali Ihsan Su said that the song “Bêjin Na” or “Say No” was against the first three articles of the Turkish Constitution and was “creating enmity among people.”

HDP, Turkey's second largest opposition party whose co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas, Figen Yuksekdag as well as ten other lawmakers remain in prison, is a leading force behind the ‘no’ campaign to consolidate Erdogan's rule along the Republican People's Party (CHP).

Among the lyrics in the song are slogans “No to one flag, no to one nation and no to one language,” references to phrases often used by President Erdogan.

The police claimed the song could cause public unrest as well as a “clear and near threat” within Sirnak provincial borders.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Turkish governor's office in the city of Van followed suit and declared a ban on HDP's song….

I can see why the Turkish regime is afraid of it. It’s catchy, and I can’t even understand the lyrics. (See also here.)

Here’s more about Turkey’s looming democide (although I disagree with the author in the sense that what pertains in Turkey currently is far from true democracy and would point out that other democracies have stronger institutional barriers against democide by referendum).