With most of the judiciary firmly under AKP’s thumb, Turkey is rapidly becoming the country in Kafka’s nightmarish novels. CHP is the only party that is putting up a principled resistance against the politicization of the judiciary and its increasing propensity to become a tool for totalitarian control.
CHP Secretary General Mrs. Bihlun Tamayligil defended 17 year old Ms Leyla Yalcinkaya, currently charged with nine years in a sham trial for protesting against the construction of a HEPP that would destroy her village and her way of life. “With each passing day, Turkey is distancing itself from the rule of law. The latest and most tragic evidence for that are the charges against 17 year old Leyla Çetinkaya for protesting against the HEPP in Tortum, Erzurum. She is charged with 9 years.”
She is not the only one, for the grand crime of protesting peacefully, many women from the village including 86 year old “Grandma Nafiye” have been dragged on the ground, detained and mistreated. Ms Leyla Çetinkaya was slapped a gag order forbidding her to speak with her grandma and the rest of her family.