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    If someone tried to assimilate you for years, if your language was forbidden, if the names of your hometown were changed, what would do you but revolt.
    — Osman Baydemir
    tags: language  forbidden  year 
     
    In Turkey, we have lived almost everything that could be lived; war and torture... The war concept was consumed to its limits. But there is only one way we have not tried: negotiations, peace, and talking.
    — Osman Baydemir
    tags: peace  war 
     
    I am at a crossroads; I have always been against armed opposition... I have chosen civil disobedience. But I will apologize to my people if there are funerals coming out of prisons. I will criticize myself and I won't be the mayor of Diyarbakir.
    — Osman Baydemir
    tags: people  prison 
     
    All of my life I have stayed away from violence and the instruments of violence, and have seen a legal, democratic struggle as the only means to achieve change.
    — Osman Baydemir
    In primary school, every day and especially on Fridays, I was supposed to say, 'I am Turkish, and I am righteous and hardworking,' But all those things did not actually turn us into Turks. This system is somehow creating fake personalities.
    — Osman Baydemir
    I have had it up to here with the prosecutions, the government's attitude, the judiciary, the media's stance and the majority of Turks who view the Kurdish people's justified cause through a nationalist lens.
    — Osman Baydemir
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