Why is the Turkish Kurdish party HDP praising Hezbollah?

Published June 15th, 2015 - 12:56 GMT
Weird things could be brewing in Kurdistan, why is the HDP on TV praising Hezbollah? (AFP/File)
Weird things could be brewing in Kurdistan, why is the HDP on TV praising Hezbollah? (AFP/File)

Last week Turkey saw the Kurdish leftist party HDP's first-ever entrance into parliament, and ever since, plenty of analysts have postulated about the progression of the country and the Kurds within it.

But although it’s best known for its excellent representation of women, minorities and of course, Kurds, this tweet from Sunday surprised us a little. It’s a quote apparently taken from an HDP interview on the pro-Hezbollah channel Al Manar, in which they pledge support for the Lebanese Shiite militia. 






We understand the political complexity behind Hezbollah (before Syria, it was considered a champion of the Palestinian cause for many Arabs). Still, the group's current political position has been described at best as Assad-sympathetic, and at worse, accused of essentially running the show in Syria's eastern and southern battlefields, which means it's a little bit more complicated for a group like the HDP to support it.

Kurdish groups have intermittently supported and disdained the Assad regime since the Syrian revolution began in 2011. And we’re not saying all Kurds want the same thing, but the fact that Syrian Kurds are partnered with Free Syrian Army brigades taking on Daesh in Tal Abyad right now, HDP support for one of the Syrian opposition's main dissenters seems pretty problematic.


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