Mithat Sancar, co-chair of Turkey’s pro-minorities Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has spoken about the successes of left-wing parties in Latin America and has vowed to create a centre to carry the progressive wind from Latin America to Europe and the Middle-East, reported Mezopotamya News Agency.
Mithat Sancar spoke to members of the HDP’s parliamentary group and shared his party’s view on recent repressive policies by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), including the violent arrests of Kurdish women journalists.
Sancar said that the AKP had built a politics based on lies, blood and looting, creating a catastrophe for society in Turkey.
The HDP co-chair said the “wind blowing from Latin America” had proved that the only method to reverse the collapse in the social, political and economic fields was through inclusive democratic alliances representing large sectors of the population.
“We will create a centre here that will carry the wind blowing from Latin America to Europe and the Middle East,” he said.
Sancar added that authoritarian regimes which have plagued countries and societies for years would collapse one by one when broad democratic associations focused on pluralist common principles and goals.
The renowned left-wing leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known popularly as Lula, won the presidential election in Brazil on 30 October, toppling the right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro by a small margin of 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent.
Lula’s victory gave Brazil the latest in a series of leftist governments that have taken power in Latin America. Leftists won their countries’ elections in Mexico in 2018, in Argentina in 2019, in Bolivia in 2020, in Chile at the end of 2021 and in Colombia this year, the BBC reported.