Antigone as Kurdish Politician: Gendered Dwellings in the Limit Between Freedom and Peace

In December 2009, during a tense period in Turkey when the conflict between the state and the Kurds was again accelerating after attempts at peace and reconciliation, the then-Vice Prime Minister of Turkey, Bülent Arınç,  complained to journalists about the woman deputy, Emine Ayna. She was a member of the Kurdish oppositional Democratic Society Party (DTP) and  he blamed her for sabotaging his government’s initiative to solve the “Kurdish problem.” “There is a poor woman among them. I apologize to say this  among ladies, but she broke out in laughter while saying that the initiative is over. She is a very strange, monstrous creature. May God give her some logic and sense.”




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