What do the PKK and HDP want?

Elections will be held in two weeks. There are ongoing provocations to ensure that the Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) will not pass the 10 percent election threshold. If the HDP passes the threshold, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will lose seats in eastern Anatolia and the Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) in the west.
The Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) established field control in eastern and southeastern Anatolia, particularly where the HDP is the dominant political party. A few years ago, 34 people were killed in an air strike by Turkish warplanes upon notice that PKK militants were crossing the border near the village of Roboski (Ortasu), in the Uludere district of iirnak province. This was the turning point in the emergence of field control for the PKK in certain areas. Since this incident, Ankaraand’s control has faded away in these regions. Kobani also confirmed this. The PKKand’s Turkish militants fought in the Syrian border town of Kobani, where they were sent to have field practice and experience. The bodies of those who died in this fight were sent to different parts of Turkey in an attempt to keep Kurdish nationalism intact. It was the PKK that started and ended the Oct. 6-7, 2014 protests. It was the PKKand’s militias who took to the streets on Oct. 6-7 the trained militants were not involved in this process.
Ankara lost field control in the meantime, the PKK established its parallel state, which includes security forces, courts and courts of appeal. In the areas where field control was lost, the economy is based on border smuggling (oil, arms, gold, electronic devices, meat, etc. are being transported illegally) and the marketing of illicit drugs. The PKK promotes the production and marketing of illicit drugs. Turkey had been a transit country where drugs were transported from the east to the west. After the PKK gained field control, Turkey became a country where drugs are now made and marketed. The growing drug-related revenues also corrupted the Turkish political structure and bureaucracy. The drug money may do lasting damage to the Turkish political structure and bureaucracy because it is hard to eradicate drugs and drug-related activities in countries where it takes root (Colombia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.).
In its strongholds, the HDP no longer answers to the governors or military officials. They do not invite state officials to traditional ceremonies. The military servicemen, governors and other state officials in the region are concerned. They do not know what to do. They are unable to do their job. They are waiting for a new policy for the region to be drafted after the parliamentary election to be held on June 7. A growing number of people now want house arrest for the currently imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah andOcalan to ensure that the PKK leadership at their base in the Kandil Mountains in northern Iraq will not be influential. They hope that andOcalan would bring lasting peace and conciliation.
What does the pro-Kurdish political movement represented by the PKK and the HDP want? The PKK is similar to the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP) and to the CHP of the single-party era. It is the Kurdish version of the Baath Party. Those who have different ethnic identities and different views in the East and Southeast are forced to move to western Anatolia. The PKK wants full political and economic authority in predominantly Kurdish areas. In other areas, it wants joint Turkish-Kurdish rule. In other words, they want a federal model that is more flexible than the Iraqi federal structure.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman