just a short note for anybody anywhere who had hopes about the repuıblican peoples party of ever serving some use in turkey's future:
the supposedly left wing party that did absolutely nothing to liberate any sector of the society, including labor, from the restraints of the military constitution of the 1982 coup d'etat, now reached the point where it prides itself on stopping the debates on the article 301 of the penal code that is universally recognized as a stumbling block before freedom of expression in the country.
rpp' s acting speaker güldal mumcu, who is the widow of the famed left wing journalist - author uğur mumcu, assassinated in 1993, refused to send the akp's motion for amendments to 301 to the parliamentary committee to review it.
by rule, the speaker or acting speaker has no right to deny the trtansfer of any motion to related committees.
the party's whip, kemal anadol publicly voiced official approval of güldal mumcu' s action.
thus, the rpp blocked a move toward more freedom and liberties just and only because it was brought forth by the akp.