CHP member asks MPs to be disciplined for Dink rally
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJan 22, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jan 22, 2015 12:00 am
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Beyoğlu district organization Vice Chair Barış Tınay demanded that CHP Vice Chair Şafak Pavey, Sezgin Tanrıkulu and CHP Istanbul Deputy Umut Oran be referred to the disciplinary committee for attending the ceremony held to mark the eighth year of the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.
The crisis erupted when deputies walked behind posters saying: "Face Hrant, Face Genocide!" Pointing out that Turkey does not recognize the Armenian incidents in 1915 as genocide. Tınay who demanded disciplinary action for these CHP deputies said: "CHP will continue its firm stance against the alleged Armenian genocide," and remarked that CHP members violated party rules and did not behave in accordance with the duties and responsibilities they undertook in the party.
"Those related persons should be referred to the disciplinary committee since they are members of Turkish Parliament," he added. Relations between Turkey and Armenia have historically been poor since the incidents that took place during World War I. The Armenian diaspora and government describe the 1915 events as genocide and have asked for compensation.
Turkey officially objects to this definition, saying that although Armenians died during relocations, many Turks also lost their lives in attacks carried out by Armenian gangs in Anatolia.
Ankara has also long been calling for Armenia and its historians to research and study the archives of both countries.
In April 2014, then prime minister, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, offered condolences for the Armenian deaths that occurred in 1915 – a first for a Turkish statesman.
This is not the first time that someone has asked to refer some members for discipline in the party. Süheyl Batum, who spoke out against CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and party administration policies, was dismissed from the party following his referral to its disciplinary committee in December.
The storm started when former CHP Ankara deputy and a renowned figure in the party, Emine Ülker Tarhan, announced her resignation due to what she called weak and wrong policies and double standards of the CHP. Backing up Tarhan's statement, in November Batum said Tarhan's resignation would not be the first and there are many dissidents who are suffering from the CHP's wrong policies and are considering resignation.
"We are trying to recover the party by shaking it up," Batum said, urging the party administration to change its policies a day after Tarhan's resignation.
These remarks led Batum to be referred to the disciplinary committee and later be dismissed from the party.
Another CHP member, Birgül Ayman Güler, who is the party's İzmir deputy, referred to the party's disciplinary committee for her remarks over an alleged alliance between the Gülen Movement and the CHP. Güler accused the party of forming an alliance with the Gülen Movement during the March 30 local elections when they cooperated with different components of the movement in provinces and districts.
She said that the alliance with the Gülen Movement must be questioned. "Despite the party administration's denials, the CHP cooperated with the Gülen Movement during the March 30 local elections," Güler asserted.