The message of our former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüsekdağ, who have been imprisoned since November 2016, was shared with the public today at the our party congress.
A summary of imprisoned former HDP co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ's message:
The council of our 4th Grand Ordinary Congress, our fellow delegates, our dear domestic and overseas guests who accompany us in solidarity, dear representatives of embassies and media, and our dear peoples, we cordially greet you! And we wish all a successful congress.
We know that our odyssey has been rough, our ship has taken some heavy hits. Our captains have been arrested, alongside our senior crew. But what they don't know is that the passengers of this ship are of tremendous resilience, and each is stronger than the next. Neither the wheelhouse was abandoned, nor the engine room. Nimrod's party failed to stop the march of millions, and now they have split up into three; but NOAH'S ARK stands tall, sailing, unwavering, towards its destination, driven by an unbreakable bond!
We adore those who have built the ship, and we adore those who are sailing on it. We salute those who have fallen in this odyssey and those who have been captured. We have made a promise to harbour this ship; thus we shall keep our promise. Now, the mission is to establish peoples' rule, and godspeed to all of us.
We may be imprisoned right now, but we know that we are burning in flames of sorrow. It's you, the younger ones among us, who have taught us resistance. It's you, women, mothers, who have taught us to stand tall. We have seen the hope in your eyes, in city squares where chants of rebellion echoed. We love you, against all odds, and we have missed you dearly.
May our hearts and our souls be with you. May our word, our pens, and our prayers be with you. We send forth our love and regards to each of you. We congratulate our co-chairs and the party organization, with them we stand in solidarity.
Godspeed Peoples' Democratic Party! May you sail towards your destination!
Selahattin Demirtaş (Edirne Prison) & Figen Yüksekdağ (Kandıra Prison)
23 February 2020