For Peace & Democracy, Solidarity with HDP!
Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag were arrested in November 2016 during a series of night time raids across Turkey where democratically elected MPs were taken from their homes in a pre-planned operation.

Many of them have been held in prison for more than a year on trumped-up charges of terrorism as President Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule shuts down democracy in the country.

On December 6 and 7 democracy goes on trial in Turkey. Opposition politicians Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ will appear in court on unsubstantiated charges of terrorism, with prosecutors seeking lengthy jail sentences.

Their party, the People's Democratic Party (HDP) is the third largest political party in Turkey. In 2015 they won parliamentary seats for the first time, representing a breakthrough for progressive forces and democracy in the country.

However the state of emergency which has been in place since the July 2016 coup attempt has been used to clamp down on all forms of opposition in Turkey. In November 2016 HDP MPs across the country were taken from their homes and detained in jail. Currently there are 9 MPs from the HDP in Turkish prisons along with 85 mayors and an estimated 10,000 activists. Journalists, academics and public sector workers have been jailed and purged from their posts. One million people are displaced in Turkey's largely Kurdish south-east with cities including Cizre and Nusaybin flattened.

The prosecutions of Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ are nothing more than show trials.

We the undersigned condemn the imprisonment of democratically elected MP's by the Turkish state. We demand an immediate end to the State of Emergency which has been used as a tool to attack many sections of society.

Furthermore we send a message of solidarity to Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş and demand their immediate and unconditional release from prison.

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