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Selahattin Demirtaş is the co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Part (HDP) in Turkey. He was born to a Zaza speaking Kurdish family in 1973 and is a lawyer. He was elected as chairman for BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) in 2010 which was converted to HDP in 2012.

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We have not seen any positive signals from either side ... that this will be an opportunity for resolution, we could have used the coup as an opportunity for the peace process ...but Erdogan does not see this crisis as a way to democratise.

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We could have used the coup as an opportunity for the peace process ...but Erdogan does not see this crisis as a way to democratise.

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The lifting of immunity needs to be examined after we faced the threat of a coup and parliament was bombed.

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Erdogan...consistently provided political support to the generals who fueled this war.

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We will wage a powerful struggle in both the political and legal arena, we will never abandon parliament completely to the AKP. Our seats (in parliament) were obtained by legal means, they were obtained with people's votes.

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We will not comply with the prosecutor's invitation to give a statement in court. If they want to take us by force, that's their call.

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Our party accepts tension and rivalry in the political arena but I want to once more express that we do not accept any form of violence as a means.

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Our stance against any arrests carried out on Erdogan's orders, political orders, will be to sit tight and fight. We'll continue to defend our principles wherever we are.

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Kicking us all out of the parliament will only invite more violence across the country, there is already too much violence in the country. Blocking the parliament and ousting the HDP may get things out of hand, that's what we're concerned about.

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Erdogan is the biggest obstacle for the peace process to continue. But he will not rule this country forever. I am absolutely sure the process will be revived.

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In the democratic countries of the world, when a bomb goes off, everyone would be side by side, shoulder to shoulder ... That is what we are missing, they don't give account. They don't apologize. They don't say we made a mistake ... They just keep polarizing.

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Erdogan is personally angry with us, especially me and a few other friends. He is...driven by feelings of revenge.

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Turkey's domestic peace is not an issue for Turkey alone. It is directly related to the resolution of the Syrian conflict and to the migration problem in Europe.

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We stand by our people who resist the tanks and shelling.

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The world, including Turkey, has not undertaken an effective, coordinated effort against ISIL. Just the opposite, everyone used ISIL, or elements within it, for their own interests.

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We would have to lose our minds to agree to this, erdogan's plan for the executive presidential system is not a model for an executive presidency but one-man rule, a constitutional dictatorship that merges all authority into a single hand.

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In order to keep the HDP under the threshold, the Palace decided on a war campaign that put attacks against our party in the center, the AK Party and the Palace saw it was possible to increase their support by frightening people. They are going to use it more often now, as they saw that it actually worked.

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It's not we who created the atmosphere of fear, but the PKK and the groups linked to it. The HDP is the one who benefits from such an atmosphere, the AK Party could not run an election campaign in the southeast due to this atmosphere.

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The negotiations between Turkey and the PKK will eventually restart, you can't keep fighting forever, i can't name the exact date but I think parties will return to the peace process in the medium term.

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We are of the opinion that it'd be wiser not to hold large rallies in open spaces, we cannot continue our election campaigns as if nothing happened, it wouldn't be right politically or ethically.

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Take a good look at this photo. It was taken the day before yesterday (Friday) in Sirnak. No one should forget, because we will not forget.

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It is becoming impossible to hold an election given the security situation.

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It is becoming impossible to hold an election given the security situation in the region, we want an election to be held and we are not saying an election can't be held, but we want the conditions in the region to be improved for an election.

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We will have no hesitation in exercising our constitutional right and participating in the government, we should not be surprised if they breach the constitution and try to form a government without HDP. But such an attempt would be rejected by the Constitutional Court.

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Today we call to both sides: the PKK must immediately remove its finger from the trigger and declare it will observe the ceasefire.

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A coalition may be formed or not but peace is urgent. Mr Davutoglu, we are not requesting this from you. You are obliged to do it.

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Turkey carried out a couple of air strikes against Islamic State just for show, without causing serious damage to it, nor is Islamic State feeling serious pressure from Turkey, turkey's operations do not aim at taking measures against Islamic State. The main objective is to prevent the formation of a Kurdish entity in northern Syria.

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The AK Party is dragging the country into a period of conflict, seeking revenge for the loss of its majority in the June election, hDP passing the threshold and the AK Party losing its parliamentary majority are being used as a pretext for war.

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Erdogan stressed in the past that they would never allow the unification of Kurdish cantons in northern Syria. Jarablus is the only obstacle for this unity.

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Turkey doesn’t intend to target ISIS with this safe zone, the Turkish government was seriously disturbed by Kurds trying to create an autonomous state in Syria.

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No matter how much they attack, without fuelling hatred and anger against each other, we will cultivate brotherhood and live in peace in this country.

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The prime minister and president are nowhere to be seen. You would think they are waiting to allow the country to slip into civil war so that they can say, 'Look at how valuable the AKP is,'.

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If the AKP is unable to form a government on its own, we do not look warmly on the likelihood of a HDP-AKP coalition, we are instead planning to be a good opposition in the coming period.

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If we are unable to enter parliament, it just means there won’t be a parliamentary group, but we will continue ... to be Turkey’s fourth-biggest party, to engage in politics and to continue our struggle on all of our issues.

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We are instead planning to be a good opposition in the coming period.

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A lack of representation in the legislature ... would create a crisis of legitimacy, it would weaken the belief that Turkey’s parliament represents all of Turkey.

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But we will continue ... to be Turkey’s fourth-biggest party, to engage in politics and to continue our struggle on all of our issues.

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It's apparent now that it only views the resolution process as an electoral tactic.

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The package destroys not just the peace process but all the peace dynamics in society. This is a bid to crush opposition.

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