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Translation of the above picture:
Comrade Ali Kitapçı
The new world you grow in hour hearth will live on with all you said to us, with you standing shoulder to shoulder with us (there is a small reference to funeral here, but won't make sense if translated) Your fire will continue to burn with us!
Report from Germany in regard to the situation in Turkey
As you may know Germany has the largest diaspora of people originating from Turkey, this includes all minorities. This also means that political events in Turkey often result in reactions here.
- Since the start of th civil war there has been a lot of kurdish/leftist demonstrations against the war and against Erdoğan. There have been also anti-kurdish demonstrations by nationalists and islamists but way fewer.
- (12.09.2015) Knifeattack against a kurdish demonstration in Hannover. A kurdish refugee from Rojava, who participated, was badly wounded. The demonstration was a counterdemonstation against a anti-kurdish demo organized by AKP and MHP sympethizers. (Statement of YXK)
- (25-27.09.2015) The first "Ivana Hoffmann Festival" was organized in her hometown of Duisburg. Ivana was the first german and the first foreign female fighter in the YPG that died in the war. She was a member of MLPK linked youth group "Young Struggle". The festival consisted of political panels, a street festival, concerts and a demonstration to her grave. (pictures and report, pictures on facebook)
- (4.10.2015) One day after its opening there was an arson attack against the office of HDP in Berlin. Neighbors stopped the fire before it could do much damage. (Newspaper article with a picture, Stellungnahme der HDP zu den Angriffen auf das HDP - Büro in Berlin)
- Ankara massacre: Demonstrations and vigils were organized in all bigger cities in Germany. From what I saw participation by german left was poorly. Even worse was the participation and reaction by the "antiauthoritarian left" and anarchists, which is a bit strange because there was some sort of "Rojava-hype" which renewed interest in kurdish and turkish movements/issues. I think the main problem is that there are still only very few connections between non-traditional left (read: non marxist-leninist) and the kurdish and turkish left, which is a pitty and needs to change. Of this part of the german left apparently only Free Workers' Union (federation of anarcho-syndicalist unions in Germany) managed to published a statement of solidarity and a report about the funeral of anarcho-syndicalist Ali Kitapçı.
- Political relationship betweens Germany and Turkey: The relationship between Germany/EU and Turkey has been not so good since Turkey started the bombing of Kandil and the attacks against kurdish civilians (I guess this is to some degree a result of the good publicity work the kurdish freedom movement is doing in Europe). But now Erdoğan has come back as a partner to the european stage because of the current so called "refugee crisis". The EU and Germany are sketching plans that make Turkey into some sort of transitstate for the EU. Turkey will get money for refugees camps and to secure its borders to the EU so that there will be no uncontrolled flow of refugees anymore.
- (10.2015) Turkish nationalists started a shitstorm against Germanys biggest drugstore chain dm, because one local store had annonced an event at which they would donate all earnings to the local kurdish community society for one hour. The turkish nationalists claimed that this money would go to the PKK. In fact the money was to be used for german courses for refugees that the kurdish community is organizing. One of the "proves" was the fact that the name of the kurdish community organization shared two words with an PKK group: Community and Kurdistan. For some people anything that is kurdish has to be connected to the PKK. The donation-event was cancalled (in the week after the Ankara massacre) in fear of violent attacks.
- This shows how deeply the turkish community (which is compromised of all people that have some background regarding turkey) in germany is divided. This is only getting stronger since the Ankara massacre and towards the election. More confrontations will happen.
The Turkish society is divided and even its over lass( secularist, Islamist, nationalist ...). However, the Turkish state machinery has managed to hold itself united by the Islamist Ideology under violent domination of the AKP in Turkey. Tragically, the working masses, the proletariat, in Turkey and diaspora is divided along the state-Islamism line. This is fragmentation of society as a whole and the proletarian masses as well: This division of social fabric is the great function in introduction and application of Islamism in the Middle East; the negative empiric results of the process is self evident from Khomenism in Iran to today's Erdoganism in Turkey. When capitalism finds its crisis unmanageable and is terrified by a class line approaches from the masses, the ruling classes ( at least part of the over class) in Islamic periphery resort to Islamism as an ideological arsenal to run the social order.
In this regard, the political agenda is set by the State when the orderliness are required to maintain the capital accumulation process: that is where state/capital finds Islamism (from Khomeinsim to Erdoganism; bullet-box/ballot-box) very functional and useful to make a semi disciplinary socio-political environment, which is necessary to preserve the existing social and world order in place.
However, Turkey is a major player in imperialist situation that is unfolding in the Middle East and Turkey is going to play a central role for the US-NATO operation in the region. What is happening in the Middle East is kind of prelude to future world war. Thus, the US-NATO network and its imperialist rival Russian- Middle East network trying to limit the scope of the war and barbarism to the Middle East. But they are playing a dangerous game against each other that can transcend the Middle East geography. Turkey is important gang member for US-NATO network in this imperialist power play and the Turkish state with Islamist Erdogan in the lead utilizes completely this geopolitical relationship. The Turkish Stat/capital has its own agenda and plan for outcome of the Syrian war; grabbing Syrian land among other thing!
In this context, it is essential for the proletarian political environment associated with working masses not to make more mistake to send the masses to minefields that are laid out by Turkish-stat machinery (Secret services in brotherly collaboration with the IS). The Turkish state has already the backup of the EU in managing domestic crisis and war in Syria. Life should not be scarified for confronting this state/capital/Islamist machinery on the street s of Istanbul, Ankara … when the capitalist state is fully prepared to apply any barbaric means to hold its violent dominance over society.
KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Executive Council Co-Presidency has announced that the unilateral position of inaction by their side has ended due to the war policy and ongoing attacks of the AKP. KCK said it is clear and obvious that there will be no change in the war policies that were pursued by the AKP government before the November 1 election.
As the ceasefire ended, the clashes between the kurdish youth and the cops continue. There is at least 2 kurds killed in Silvan. And there appears to be attacks against cops as there are reports about 2 cops were killed by rifle fire. Turkish state again declared "ban to go outside/to street" in Silvan.
Well there is also this "funny" stuff:
In Eskisehir University cops and private security guards under the comment of the rector was not allowing any posters to be hanged onto the walls. University collectives to make fun of it engaged in a new action they went to catch some cops, who were trying to remove the posters from the school , with a fishpond and a poster attached to it.
There is an ongoing war between Turkish State forces (including the military) and Kurdish people in Silvan, a town connected to Diyarbakır/Amed following the declaration of self-rule by the municipality. There is about ten people dead now and many injured. These is currently a ban on entering some neighbourhoods in Silvan. So there is not an exact information. However at least two children aged about 7 is killed. There were artillery and arial strike to the town. Today the crowd who tried to enter the city consisting of locals, NGOs and Parlamento Members (from HDP) were shot at with automatic guns. there is at least 5 injured.
There are solidarity actions in many of the cities in turkey
There is also this call by Peace Bloc in Turkey for international Solidarity to end the war in Silvan.http://www.demokrathaber.net/siyaset/baris-bloku-ndan-silvan-icin-uluslararasi-dayanisma-cagrisi-h57190.html
The ban on going to street has ended in Silvan in its 11th day.
Here is a video of Soldiers going back from the city center. People are shouting against the soldiers (some insults, some kurdish language stuff, some saying you are murderers etc...) Some are kicking tanks or pushing the soldiers. However there is also a some sort of security corridor organised by the Kurdish people to ensure that no major thing happens while soldiers are leaving. Even at the last part of video a kurdish person protecting the soldier from the crowd says: "Do not come here like this, this people can protect you (you see)".
Unfortunately in other neighborhoods some bans continue and civilians were murdered.
Also see this video where you can see Turkish Soldiers in full gear making grafitties on the streets against Kurdish people in Silvan (and taking lovely pictures of themselves with them.)
Here are some more Soldier Grafities:
From start to end
The teeth of the wolf got blood on it, be scared (Wolf is mythological father of Turks, and sign of nationalism)
State is everywhere, girls we have arrived go hide in your caves (Cave as a reference to where guerillas in mountans live)
If you are a Turk be proud, if not obey.
The happy is the one who says I am a Turk
Turkish Republic (TC in short in turkish) is here where are the bastards.
The rest is some variation of symbols and writings of TC state, special forces, where is PKK?, There is state here etc...
Some more updates on the continuing curfews in Kurdish cities in Turkey.
In last moths the ban of going out of homes continues and clashes between Kurdish youth and Turkish State army and police escalate. Now the ban reached a total of more than one month in some districts.
3 Women politicians who were totally unarmed were killed by the state forces.They were trying to go a hospital to identify a body. They called people to help them on the phone. Amblucance servise said they won't go to that area under fire. Although many HDP people (including pm's) tried to reach state authorities (major especially) the authorities did not responded.
Currently in Silopi and Cizre in last 20 days, 55 people were killed.
Also in Silopi and Cizre people can not take and bury their dead. According to reports there are now 50 people in the hands of state whose not given back to their families. 10 of these are children. There is strong suspicion that these people were tortured while alive or after killed ( this also happened; like pulling dead bodies behind police vehicles)
1,000 (mostly academic) signatories of a letter calling for peace are apparently to be charged with treason. Police raids arrested 20+ this morning, while 'student fascist groups' have been marking the doors of those targetted and calling to 'spill their blood'.
Turquie : les travailleurs de Renault Bursa toujours mobilisés
Les ouvriers, par leur refus d’heures supplémentaires, ont provoqué une diminution de la production. Ce qui représente une baisse de 600 véhicules par jour dont une partie présente des défauts de fabrication et par conséquent doivent être revus.
Suite à la grève du printemps 2015, partie de l'usine Renault de Bursa (Turquie) entraînant plusieurs dizaines de milliers de travailleurs de la métallurgie, le gouvernement turc a annoncé récemment une hausse du salaire minimum de plus de 35%. À Renault Bursa, les travailleurs se mobilisent à nouveau pour que cette augmentation soit répercutée sur tous les salaires ouvriers.
Ils font la grève des heures supplémentaires et manifestent régulièrement en fin d'équipe. Dans une vidéo datant de vendredi 15 janvier, on voit les travailleurs de l'équipe du matin se regrouper en arrivant, s'organiser selon les différents secteurs de l'usine, pour revendiquer la hausse de tous les salaires.
Ils crient à l'adresse de la direction "tu dois payer !", ou encore "tous ensemble !" et "Vive l'unité des travailleurs de Renault !
Cette vidéo est visible sur le lien suivant :
and another strike at Renault Bursa, still the demand to increase the minimum wage by 35%, according to Labournet Germany, no union involvement
from a mainstream union source: http://www.industriall-union.org/turkey-renault-dismisses-workers-using-police-violence-instead-of-upholding-commitments
Thanks to this news an article on the Renault Bursa strike could be made.
For the moment in Dutch only.
Translation into English:
Which group are these articles from, Fredo?
Which group are these articles from, Fredo?
Not a group but a blog, neither an "anti-group" group.
See the blog for some articles translated from English into Dutch, URL at the bottom of the article.
Mail if you want translations of limited parts.
Pkk (kurdish resistance group) and leftist groups in turkey mainly defending armed struggle against the turkish state has just taken the decision to unite under the name of “United Revolution Movement of the Peoples/URMP”. http://www.diken.com.tr/pkk-ve-mlkp-dahil-10-orgut-halklarin-birlesik-devrim-hareketini-kurdu/
They declared that the united organization will fight against rising fascism backed mainly by ruling Islamic party (Justice and Development Party/AKP) in turkey.
They also highlighted that the situation is getting worse for the oppressed in turkey and if the jihadist, fascist AKP gangs will not be defeated, peoples in turkey will face a more bloody dictatorship. The only way to get out of this situation is getting organized and armament of the peoples (with the leadership of united movement).
This development is both crucial and remarkable as there has been an ongoing war between turkish army and ydgh (militant wing of youth organization of pkk in kurdish towns) since december 2015 in Kurdish towns of turkey (north Kurdistan) including cizre, silopi, diyarbekir, idil and etc. Tens of thousands has just forced to leave their homes and many civilians have died including children during the war.
This war which is spreading toward hakkari nowadays (a city near border of turkey with Iran and Iraq where pkk time to time controls the area and get most of the peoples support) may have the potential of evolving into a generalized civil war in turkey. The experts claim that the weather conditions are going to become more available in the coming days and provide Kurdish guerillas with the ability to move and camouflage easier. After the declaration, we may assume that there would be zone defending wars in the cities with the opening of new barricades and ditches even in the western Turkish cities. The other parties of the URMP get support from the suburbs of big cities mainly in the west of Turkey like İstanbul, Ankara, Mersin or Adana where police suppression is a daily routine killing young sympathizer continuously.
With the declaration, we may also assume that the ruling party is going to use the probable rising violence as an excuse for suppressing the leftist, unionists and democratic mass movements which has been in a paralyzed condition since the gezi movement in 2013.
Ankara explosion: At least 32 killed and 75 wounded after large blast in Turkish capital
3 Turkish academics arrested over ‘terror propaganda’ charges
ISTANBUL | A local court in Istanbul has charged three academics with making terrorist propaganda and ordered them arrested pending the outcome of a trial.
Their arrests late on Tuesday came a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey should “redefine” terrorism and terrorists so that legal action can be expanded against anyone supporting terrorism — including legislators, academics and journalists.
The three Istanbul-based academics were among a group of more than 1,000 scholars who in January signed a declaration denouncing military operations against the PKK. The declaration angered Erdogan and led to legal proceedings against some. Erdogan lashed out at the signatories and said human rights violations in the southeast were being committed by terrorists, not by the state:
“Despite all of these facts, this crowd, which calls itself academics, accuses the state through a statement. Not only this, they also invite foreigners to monitor developments. This is the mentality of colonialism,” he said. Likening today’s situation with the Turkish War of Independence, Erdogan said the country was again facing “treason” from “so-called intellectuals.”
“Hey, you so-called intellectuals! You piece of academic garbage! You are not enlightened persons, you are dark. You are nothing like intellectuals. You are ignorant and dark, not even knowing about the east or the southeast. We know these places just like we know our home addresses,” he said, reiterating his position that Turkey’s problem is “not a Kurdish one, but one of terror.”
The three were detained for questioning earlier on Tuesday for holding a news conference last week during which they stood by the declaration.
"A police raid was carried out on the houses of eight lawyers from Libertarian Jurists Association who were taken into custody after the search towards this morning. The lawyers were not given any justification, there is a confidentiality order on the case. "
"In the police operation conducted this morning (March 16) in İstanbul, a police raid has been carried out on the houses of eight lawyers from Libertarian Jurists Association (ÖHD)."
Erdogan is having the HDP arrested.
I posted a couple of items at the end of this thread, http://libcom.org/news/miliary-coup-turkey-15072016 that might have been better here.
I've added a further item to the linked thread mentioned in my post 86 above regarding the recent Turkish military bombing of the Syrian Kurdish regime despite USA opposition.
This thread could do with more updating by other comrades.