Cizre, Leyla İmret, & Turkish Democracy

Resistance Is Fertile

The HDP co-mayor of the Cizre district of Turkey’s Şırnak Province, 28-year-old Leyla İmret, was brought into the world of politics very abruptly at an early age, with her father being killed “before her eyes” by Turkish “security forces” when she was just five years old. Having grown up in Germany, she was elected democratically in 2014 with “83% of votes“.

In early August 2015, İmret told VICE News that her district was “a center of resistance against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP)”. She also shared a saying with the outlet: “if there’s peace”, she said, “it will start from Cizre, and if there’s war, it will start from here as well”. And, judging by the current circumstances, she asserted, “we have a civil war in Turkey“.

On September 11, after her city had…

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