Harun Yahya

The PKK's Deception about Being Democratic

The communist terror organization known as the PKK frequently employs terms such as “a democratic nation, a democratic transition, freedom and peace” that will please the West in order to deceive world public opinion in its press statements. It is an easy matter for the PKK to lie and say, “We are the only democratic and secular organization you can trust.”

In fact, the PKK is using the same language as all other communists did over the last century. The true face of states founded on such lies as “a democratic nation, building socialism, secularism, protecting the oppressed, a brotherhood of nations and being a party of the workers,” just like the PKK does, can clearly be seen from the following examples.

The Democratic Republic of Vietnam

A single-party communist state was founded in the northern half of Vietnam under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh in 1945, “The Democratic Republic of Vietnam.” Toward the 1960s, the Ho Chi Minh regime decided to support the guerrillas of the communist National Liberation Front, or Viet Cong, in South Vietnam in order to spread its supposed democracy to the south. The Viet Cong wished to unite the country under communist rule by destroying the South Vietnamese regime. The Vietnam War, fought with the participation of the U.S., China and the Soviet Union, led to the loss of some 1.4 million people and to another two million being injured.

The People’s Republic of Bulgaria

In the 1946 elections, Georgi Dimitrov, leader of the “Bulgarian Communist Party” was elected prime minister and Bulgaria was proclaimed a People’s Republic. Later the Social Democrats merged with the Communist Party. Although speaking of “workers’ rights, social democracy, democratization and populism,” Bulgaria in fact moved toward a soulless, oppressive, single-party communist state in which freedoms were heavily restricted and democracy was suspended. The communist regime in the country came to an end with the collapse of the USSR in 1990.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” was set up in the north of the divided Korean Peninsula in 1948. However, there is not the slightest trace of freedoms in the policies of this supposedly democratic country. The country has been ruled by a communist dictatorship, the most closed to the outside world of any country, with the fewest freedoms and the worst repression. This regime’s ruling ideology, known as “Juche” and built upon the principle of self-reliance, claims that the “people enjoy freedom in thoughts and in politics.” The truth, however, is that its people are essentially living in a vast open-air prison.

The Romanian People’s Republic

Someone else who wished to implement a communist, Juche regime in his own country was Nicolae Ceausescu, another communist dictator. Ceausescu became leader of the communist “Romanian People’s Republic,” founded in 1947, in 1965, after which he set about establishing a similarly repressive regime. When Ceausescu became general secretary of the “Romanian Workers’ Party” the first thing he did was to rename it the “Communist Party of Romania.” He also changed the name of the country to the “Socialist Republic of Romania.” This communist dictatorship collapsed with the Romanian revolution in 1989.

The German Democratic Republic

A socialist regime was established in East Germany, under Soviet control, in 1949, after the end of the Second World War. The “Socialist Unity Party of Germany,” the result of a merger of the Communist Party of Germany and the Social Democratic Party of Germany, came to power, and the country was renamed as the “German Democratic Republic.” The supposedly “democratic” East Germany was in fact never a democracy at all. Waves of strikes that began in 1953 were savagely repressed with the help of the Soviet Army. After some three million had fled to West Germany, the Berlin Wall was set up in order to prevent any further migration from East to West on August 13, 1961. This wall of shame was an exact reflection of the policies of that so-called “democratic” regime, and the country was turned into a massive surveillance state. Under totalitarianism, all of East Germany’s links to the West were severed. West Germany grew and prospered in terms of art, quality, economic well-being and esthetics compared to the East, which claimed to be building “ultra-secularism,” and came to resemble a soulless and dead place of shabby infrastructure and art under a gray mentality of stifling uniformity. Although it was right in the middle of Europe, this supposedly democratic country lived deprived of peace, liberty and democracy until the reunification of the two Germanys in 1990. The Stasi, the secret service of the German Democratic Republic, employed 274,000 agents. The Stasi assisted with the establishment of similar secret services in dozens of countries, such as Chile, Ethiopia, Cuba, Angola, Mozambique and Syria. All it taught the secret services of those countries were the communist tactics and techniques of torture.

Democratic Kampuchea

During their brief time in power in Cambodia in 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge developed a regime that they described as “agricultural socialism/rural communism.” Pol Pot claimed to have created a new socialist movement and stated that he wished to build a democratic country. The system of “agricultural socialism” developed by the communists, who delight in such new and fancy descriptions, was in fact rooted in Maoism and Stalinism. Pol Pot's ideas of an agrarian utopia were developed from the ideals of Mao, who implemented rural communism, and Stalin, who first put agricultural collectivization into action. The new regime called the country “Democratic Kampuchea.” The first action of the Khmer Rouge regime, which claimed to be democratic, was to start slaughtering its opposition. According to Cambodian records, 3.3 million of the country’s 7 million people were slaughtered during Pol Pot’s four years in power. This dark era, when almost half the population died from forced labor, torture, mass executions or malnourishment, is known as the “Cambodian genocide.”

The People’s Republic of Albania

Enver Hoxha claimed to be building socialism in Albania. During his 41 years in power, when he imposed his singular rule along Marxist, Leninist, Stalinist and Maoist lines, the “People’s Republic of Albania” became the world’s first atheist state. Hoxha’s party, the delightfully named “Party of Labor of Albania,” remained the country’s only political party for 45 years.

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Maoist guerrillas intent on bringing communism to the country by changing the existing regime in Nepal committed numerous acts of terror from 1996 until 2006; some 13,000 people lost their lives as a result. The Maoist movement improved its organization considerably following peace talks and a general amnesty law. The Maoists won one in four of the seats in Parliament in the 2007 elections and then withdrew from the government complaining of a lack of democratization. The Maoists then went on to win a huge majority in the Constituent Assembly elections of 2008 and founded a communist “Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal” by abolishing the monarchy.


What the PKK wants to do behind its “deception of being democratic” is to found a communist state, as in the aforementioned historical examples.

The PKK terrorist organization has caused the deaths of some 40,000 people in Turkey in the acts of terror it has perpetrated using its Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist ideology. The aim of this terror organization, whose initials stand for the “Kurdistan Workers’ Party,” is to found an independent communist state based on Marxism-Leninism.

Indeed, the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan explicitly states this fact in his books: “The PKK has experienced a development in line with the MARXIST-LENINIST tradition. It is clear that from then on it will take shape on the basis of that legacy, which is inseparable in the way that flesh is joined to bone.” (Kurdistan’da Halk Kahramanligi [Popular Heroism in Kurdistan], p. 78)

The PKK has used violence to obstruct any and all parties opposed to it in both Turkey and Syria (operating in Syria under the name PYD), has assassinated their leaders and expelled most of them from the region. Masoud Barzani, president of the Northern Iraq’s Regional Kurdish Administration, is under constant threat by the PKK. If the PKK gains official status, then this Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist organization will accelerate its slaughter, as during the time of Pol Pot, and will increase the support it provides for various communist movements in numerous countries of the world, as in the examples of Vietnam and East Germany.

Therefore, the U.S. must never allow a policy that will lead to a new Pol Pot or a new North Korea in the Middle East.

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