Some 15 million Kurds abruptly lost their newly proclaimed faith in blossoming democracy last Friday, when the Turkish Constitutional Court declared their representation in parliament a "danger to the integrity and unity of the state" and banned its two leading men from politics for five years. The party name was promptly taken down from the DTP head office. The word "Democratik" being the first to go.
The citizens of Diyarbakir have now lost all appetite for insincerity. As the 19 DTP members of parliament returned from Ankara to inform their base about their dismissal, they were greeted by a mob chanting only three letters: PKK. The alleged ties between the DTP and this militant separatist movement were the very reason the constitutional court concluded the party was a "danger to the unity of the state" in the first place. Its leaders' claim that they had nothing to do with armed conflict, nor did they want to, fell on deaf ears.