Kurdish singer slams attack on colleague who criticised HDP

Well-known Kurdish musician Sivan Perwer strongly condemns attack on his colleague in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province following his criticism of HDP's politics

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Kurdish musician Sivan Perwer speaks to the press at his home in Erbil, northern Iraq on Feb. 02, 2016.

Updated Feb 4, 2016

Kurdish musician Sivan Perwer has strongly condemned an attack against his colleague Mehmet Karakus, better known as "Ciyager,"  who was severely beaten by unknown assailants in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir last weekend.

Karakus had criticised the politics of the Peoples’ Democratic Party's (HDP) shortly before the attack.

"I strongly condemn the assault against Ciyager because of his criticism [of the HDP]. I have gone through the similar circumstances to him [before]. During my concerts in Europe, I have always feared that I will be attacked or heckled," he said.

Perwer said, "If an artist supports a particular political party or performs his/her art for a specific party, he or she might not be very successful and embraced by everybody," speaking in an interview with Turkey’s Anadolu Agency in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government, on Tuesday.

"[However,] I have never submitted in the face of these kinds of attacks and threats and have fought back. Beating an artist on the grounds that he or she is not supporting your own [political views] is a shame," he stressed.

Karakus recently shared his changing views ON his Facebook page regarding the HDP and PKK which he supported in the past according to his own testimony.

He stated on his Facebook page that after long and hard consideration, he decided to state his thoughts that the HDP and PKK have been doing wrong and corrupting Kurdish society.  

The Kurdish singer "Ciyager" has also criticised the PKK’s trench politics, saying that they have damaged Kurdish people and the historical heritage of the region.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, and the US.

In addition, Perwer made a similar criticism to Karakus, stating that the PKK has not achieved any gain by waging an armed struggle in Turkey’s east.

"Do they think they have something to gain by [currently] digging trenches? I have been thinking about that such a long time and could not understand it completely," Perwer disclosed.

"There is no way we could reach peace this way," he declared.

PKK terror attacks have killed more than 300 security officials in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and a half year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 last year and threatened Turkey with attacks.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan and his supporters in Ankara. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years and claimed more than 40,000 lives.

TRTWorld and agencies