Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an opening ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkey’s Racism Problem

Turkey’s authorities keep saying that the Turkish “security” forces do what they do — arrest or kill Kurds — only when Kurds carry out “terrorist” activities, or only when the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacks targets in Turkey. Nothing, however, could be farther from the truth. Turkey’s attacks against Kurds have always been intense, even when the PKK declared unilateral ceasefires.

Regarding 2014, when there were no clashes between the Turkish military and the PKK, Faysal Sariyildiz, a Kurdish MP for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), said, “During the last year, regarding the Kurdish issue, 3,490 people have been taken into custody, 880 people have been arrested and 25 people have been killed with police bullets.”