Daily Archives: 09/12/2018

Northern Ireland/UK: Sister challenges Sinn Fein ‘hypocrites’ as murdered politician is remembered

December 8, 2018

Anne Graham (centre) is joined by Lord Trimble and UUP leader Robin Swann for the act of remembrance on the 35th anniversary of her brother Edgar’s murder yesterday

The sister of murdered unionist politician Edgar Graham challenged the hypocrisy of Sinn Fein as she addressed a poignant ceremony to mark the 35th anniversary of his death.

Anne Graham spoke at a memorial service outside the university yesterday for her brother, who was shot dead by the IRA in 1983.

Mr Graham was a barrister and law lecturer as well as a promising politician, tipped as a future leader of the Ulster Unionist party.

Wreaths were laid at the spot where he died, across from the Queen’s Film Theatre, during a service organised by students.

Unionist politicians attending the event included former First Minister Lord Trimble, UUP leader Robin Swann and DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly.

A lone piper played a lament after a minute’s silence.

Speaking to the crowd, Ms Graham said the memorial was occurring on a bright day but that it was a dark day when she lost her brother.

“I heard on the 11am news headlines that a politician had been shot at Queen’s,” she said.

“I knew instantly it was Edgar.

“Minutes later, as I tried desperately to find out what hospital he was being taken to, it was announced that Edgar Graham had been shot dead at Queen’s. The world pretty much stopped and changed for me then.”

No one has ever been convicted of Mr Graham’s murder.

His sister has been a vocal critic of Sinn Fein, saying that it had never condemned the killing of the barrister.






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Turkey: Demirtas asks Kurdish nation to support him before court appearance

December 8, 2018

Selahattin Demirtas, the former co-leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, poses during an interview in Brussels on August 6, 2015. File photo: John Thys | AFP

In a letter addressed to fellow Kurds, former co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas said he is being persecuted and imprisoned because of his ethnic identity and is appealing for support

“I am writing this letter in a confinement cell at the heavy penalties prison where I have been jailed for more than two years,” read his letter.

Nearly 5,000 HDP members have been imprisoned by the Turkish state.

“Nine HDP MPs and 58 mayors are still in prison. We are being flagrantly persecuted and we have been put in jail because of our Kurdish ethnic identity, involvement in politics, and call for our peoples’ lives and properties to be protected – which is our right,” Demirtas said in a statement.

He communicates through his lawyer.

“I am calling on you for support and coordination. I call on you to help us in our endeavors for freedom and democracy. I have confidence you will you will work to convey our message and communicate our voices to the international community. The question is as important as life and death.

Demirtas will face another round of judicial proceedings on Wednesday.

“Therefore I am calling on you to be present in the trial, if possible. I am grateful for your support and coordination in convey our message,” Demirtas wrote.

He is facing 142 years on multiple charges stemming from allegations of ties with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). But his Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which he led before his arrest and detention, says the case against him is political.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in November that Turkey should end its pre-trial detention of Demirtas pending his appeal and found several instances of human rights violations by the courts in the handling of his case.






https://www.evrensel.net/haber/367880/selahattin-demirtastan-le-mondea-mektup (TURKCE)

https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2018/12/06/selahattin-demirtas-aujourd-hui-c-est-mon-tour-de-vous-demander-soutien-et-solidarite_5393662_3232.html (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selahattin_Demirta%C5%9F (FRANCAIS)