Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’
Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
On the 23rd December the militant group TAK – Kurdistan Freedom Falcons carried out a mortar attack against the second biggest international airport in Istanbul. The blast took place where airplanes were parked, wounding two cleaning staff on a nearby budget carrier Pegasus plane. Here is an extract from the claim of responsibility:
“Erdoğan and the AKP dictatorship is leading a war to wipe out people in Kurdistan alongside a coalition with ISIS as they force civilians to leave their cities by turning these places into uninhabitable locations. People are being forced to migrate and are being relocated. The Kurdish people are providing the biggest answer to the fascist attacks through their brave resistance.”
“This action has been done in response to the fascist attacks that have turned Kurdish cities into ruins. As a result of this action, five airplanes have been impacted severely while serious damage has occurred to the airport. AKP’s special media is trying to distort the results of the action consciously in an attempt to show the world that their airspace is safe. The attack which has been carried out with mortar shells is also the start of a new period of action. The Erdogan-AKP fascist dictatorship and their collaborators that has no place within moral norms of war will not live comfortably in their own cities from now.”
“From now onwards, we (TAK) will not be responsible for the safety of international airline companies that are to arrive in Turkey and foreign tourists that are not Turkish citizens. We as TAK will continue to give the necessary response to the immoral attacks against the Kurdish people that is being developed by the fascist Erdoğan-AKP dictatorship.”
Call for international solidarity against the massacre of the Kurdish population by the Turkish state
Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
From the Committee of Diplomacy – Yekitiya Star:
Yekitiya Star, the women`s organization in Rojava (West-Kurdistan, North-Syria) which aims to build a democratic, ecological society which is based on the principle of freedom of gender calls for international solidarity with the Kurdish population who are in a situation of civil war and face a situation of massacre by the Turkish authorities.
The Kurdish people in Rojava built up a democratic, autonomous self-government as an answer to the atrocities of the BAAZ- Regime and faced atrocious attacks of ISIS and the regime, but managed to build up and defend this alternative. The Kurdish population in Turkey (North-Kurdistan) after seeing this experience and after been confronted by a factual state of war by the Turkish state have announced self-rule in response to the AKP government that denies the presence of a Kurdish question and attacks their struggle for freedom, noting that the resolution of democratic autonomy is the answer of Kurdish people against the Turkish state’s lack of solution. It is the answer against the state’s repression and aggravated isolation imposed on Abdullah Ocalan. As a reaction on the calling of democratic autonomy, the Turkish authorities answered with a situation of civil war. It put the cities in the Kurdish region in Turkey under siege and attacks the cities and the civil population everyday with tanks and other heavy weapons. In this past month alone, severe clashes took place in many Kurdish cities such as Silopi, Lice, Nuseybin, Şemdinli, Silvan, Yüksekova, Amed, Kerboran and Cizre, where state forces have targeted the civilian population. Hundreds of civilians especially women, children and young people have been killed. The cities are left in a situation without water, electricity and telephone. Teachers have been put on leave, schools have been closed. More as 200.000 persons out of this region have fled.
The Turkish state now resorts to a displacement policy which forms the basis of attacks in Sur and other Kurdish areas. The policy of evacuation of villages during the 90’s is now being put into practice in cities. This is an emigration assault aiming a cultural genocide, a method executed by perpetrators of massacres throughout history. The Turkish state is conducting an onslaught against the existence of the Kurdish people by forcing them to emigration.
At the same time the Turkish state attacks democratic forces and independent media. It does everything to distort the truth. At the same the European states don`t raise their voices, let Turkey without a complaint and with their support, massacre hundreds of civilians. This is not a war of the Turkish state against the PKK, it is a war against the Kurdish people who strive for democracy, freedom, plurality and the freedom of women and the Turkish state which want to build up a nationalistic, Sunnite, Islamic, patriarchal state. This is a war especially against women.
In this way, we call especially women and women`s organizations and all democrats to support the people in North-Kurdistan in their legitimate struggle. Nobody should look away in the killing of hundreds of civilians. The war in Kurdistan and in Syria has long been an international war. Every force is playing a part, for their own interests.
We call the people, especially women not to look anyway any longer, take stances and support. Only with support of the people and with coming out of the truth, a real peace in Kurdistan is possible. The democratic autonomous administrations in Rojava and North-Kurdistan are a hope for peace, democracy and freedom of women in the Middle-East.
Committee for Diplomacy of Yekitiya Star in Rojava
Friday, December 25th, 2015
As some have said in the West, in fact, the Armenian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Nestorian and Pontian Greek genocides were “Christian genocides”. On the other side were Muslim Turks and Kurds. The basis in society and justification in conscience of these genocides were Islamic rules. Islam gives permission to all Muslims to kill and rape every non-Muslim, and also to grab all their money and properties. The de facto killers in these genocides were the predatory bands of the “Secret Organization” (In Turkish: Teşkilatı Mahsusa).
The Turks and Kurds who killed their own non-Muslim neighbours, enslaved their women and little girls as sex slaves, and grabbed all their properties, had not had any awareness of “nationalism,” as did their commanders, the leaders of the Union and Progress Organization. So the Turks and Kurds who took part in the Armenian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Nestorian and Pontian Greek genocides massacred innocent humans with pleasure, had not done all this for the benefit of “Turkish nationalism”. They were simple farmers, describing themselves as “Muslim”, but not as “Turkish” or “Kurdish”. (more…)
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
via ANF News:
ŞIRNAK – ANF – Wednesday, December 23, 2015 4:40 PM
A civilian in Silopi told that some persons introducing themselves as DAESH and Esedullah Team tortured and threatened them in a basement for two days.
As the state of siege has left 10 days behind in Şırnak’s Silopi district, state forces have yet not managed to enter the areas of self-rule despite the ongoing and intensified attacks across the town. In other neighborhoods, a gang group called DAESH and Esedullah Team has been mobilized.
Civilian Veysel B. from Nuh neighborhood told that masked teams have demolished walls of their houses with a sledge hammer. The man said these people who introduced themselves as DAESH and Esedullah Team tortured him and his neighborhoods two days long.
‘WE ARE DAESH, ESEDULLAH TEAM’
Veysel B. said these masked people broke into their houses, locked him and his neighborhoods up in a basement and tortured them for hours. “They were chanting pro-ISIS slogans, saying ‘We are DAESH and Esedullah teams, we will eradicate you all’. After the torture, they forced us to go up to the roof and make us a target for snipers. When we insisted on not doing so, they continued torturing us.”
‘GANGS TERRORIZE PEOPLE IN SİLOPİ’
The man told the followings as to the current situation in the town; “These gangs are terrorizing the people in Silopi. They kind of see red. They are doing anything possible to evacuate the houses. They have battered hundreds of people and forcibly taken them to nearby villages. Someone must hear our scream now. We have no security of life at all. Silopi is occupied by gangs and hired murderers. Silopi faces a genocide.”
War against ISIS/Daesh: International call for solidarity by the Women’s Freedom Assembly – KÖM (Turkey, Rojava, Syria)
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
We are women who have come together as the Women’s Freedom Assembly (KÖM)
in order to create a common language regarding all aspects of women’s
struggle for freedom, to intervene and collectively demonstrate presence in
all spheres of life, to be a party and take active role in the peace and
negotiation process in Turkey. At this moment,
The war in Turkey is intensifying; people, all living beings and history
is being destroyed!
As the State becomes more and more ISIS-like, the peoples’ resistance
In the Kurdish towns/provinces of Hakkari, Dargeçit, Sur, Nusaybin, Silopi
and Cizre, the State:
· Has removed all doctors’ leaves and permissions, calling all
medical equipment personnel to be prepared,
· Has emptied out student dormitories, placing security forces
within them instead of students, (more…)
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
Postal address of the imprisoned vegan comrade, info via ABC Istanbul, write here or send a card to the recovering hungerstriker:
Kocaeli 1 Nolu F Tipi Cezaevi
Sunday, December 20th, 2015
Osman Evcan and Hasan Çınar gained the victory from the determined
struggle which they put their lives against the state inside the thick
walls of prison which they are enclosed. Osman and Hasan, got what they
demanded through this hard period. Osman Evcan ended his indefinite
hunger strike which took 39 days against intimidation and extermination
politics against prisoners in prison and again he proved us that how he
is right about his call to raise struggle.
We celebrate Osman Evcan who has proved that the thick walls that are
built in order to revitalize the new “terrorist” wave that the Turkish
state needed and legitimize further operations cannot be an obstacle to
anarchists at all. The “punishment” system and their officials that made
comrade Osman Evcan suffer hunger for 39 days and tortured him are our
enemies. The recognized demands of Osman Evcan and Hasan Çınar are not a
matter of grace, instead that is the end of torturous practices. Torture
is the state policy. We are grateful to everyone who have held
demonstrations, spoken up, and support for Osman Evcan’s cause. Osman
Evcan is now trying to get over the adverse effects of the hunger strike
process, and his present health condition is fine. We will share the
message from Osman Evcan and Hasan Çınar soon.
With anarchist solidarity,
Saturday, December 19th, 2015
A demonstration took place in Taksim (Istanbul) to show solidarity with
vegan anarchist Osman Evcan who is on hunger strike for 37 days, and
with the political prisoner Hasan Çınar who is on hunger strike for 15
days. The demo continued by constant threats by the riot police and
ended by police attack after the public statement.
Vegan anarchist prisoner Osman Evcan- who is resisting against authority
in prisons for 23 years- is demanding total freedom against the
ecological destruction and slaughter, hunger, poverty and war politics
that state, civilization and capitalism created.
Osman’s first hungerstrike was at 2011 to access vegan food in jail
which lasted 42 days. During his hungerstrike the anarchists, animal
liberationists all over the World and in Turkey supported Osman’s fight
to access vegan food in prison. After 42 days of hungerstrike the
government took a step back and made regulations for the vegan and
vegeterian prisoners in prison: ”Vegan or vegetarian prisoners demands
will be accepted as long as its limited by subsistence allowance”.
After his hunger strike for 33 days on June 2015 he took vegan food
supplies one step further and he gained the right to get vegan food from
outside the prisons. (more…)
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
Osman Evcan continues his indefinite hunger strike to protest Kocaeli no.
1 F Type prison and other prisons of oppressive, authoritarian, retributive,
unjust practices. He is on hunger strike since 10th November 2015. Also
Osman Evcan’s cellmate Hasan Çınar started an indefinite hunger strike 10
days ago to support Osman. He is suffering from stomach cancer. Due to
his health condition this hunger strike might be really dangerous for
him in a really short time period.
We got the information that Osman Evcan’s health condition is good for
now and he continues his hunger strike with strength. He also told us in
his letter that the prison administration and prison prosecutor is
putting pressure on him by going into his cell, yelling at him with
threats so that he brings his hunger strike to an end. But he
underlines that he is determined to continue the hunger strike. Besides
that he says that he is thankful to everyone who is supporting him by
sending letters, by protests, by creating a public opinion. He sends
everyone his love and greetings. (more…)
Saturday, December 12th, 2015
MY FIRST EXPERIENCES IN ISTANBUL
THE LIFE OF A SYRIAN REFUGEE IN TURKEY HAS NO VALUE
It happens that the conditions inside the refugee camps in Syria are very very bad. Even the simplest needs of life cannot be satisfied since there is no clean water or good food or cloth to protect us from the winter. There is not enough heat inside the nylon tents where 10 or more people live. The situation is worsening every day.
That’s the reason why they decided to seek shelter elsewhere and leave the refugee camps in Syria. So they decided to enter into Turkish territory as refugees, believing that the living conditions in Turkey where better. But unfortunately it was not for the best but for the worst. Because in Turkey they don’t have the most basic human rights, just because they are refugees and not tourists. Turkish factory owners started to exploit them, taking advantage of their situation of extreme need for a piece of bread. This is how the Syrian worker in Turkey can work up to 16 hours a day and most of the days of the week in exchange for a piece of bread and the house rent.
Their wage is less than that of the Turkish worker. They have no health insurance to be covered from accidents. To make things worst the unions don’t organize them.
The factory owners take advantage of this and use the government and the police. The refugees are arbitrary detained.
Here in Turkey, in Istanbul, we saw with our own eyes what happened with 2 young Syrian refugees who were detained under the bogus charge of committing theft. They spent 40 days in prison suffering beatings, tortures, humiliation and starvation. They lived the brutality of the Turkish police.
This is how Turkey receives the Syrian refugees.
Abu Al Braa, co-author of the book “Syria Under Fire”
Osman Evcan on Hunger Strike: Anarchists and animal liberationists went to Kandıra F type prison (Turkey)
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
From ABC Istanbul:
Anarchists and animal liberationists went to Kandıra F type prison, Osman Evcan is on hunger strike since 10th November with various demands. Also Osman Evcan’s cellmate Hasan Çınar started indefinite hunger strike 3 days ago to support Osman Evcan. On 5th December we went in front of Kandıra F Type Prison with our flags, banners, slogans, drums and torches to show solidarity with Vegan anarchist prisoner Osman Evcan. Our voices passed over the thick walls, and we brought hope to our comrade. Osman is refusing to eat with his own will, using his body, his only weapon to fight. He is resisting and becoming the justice himself. We screamed out loud for the animals, for the World and people,
for the freedom of the prisoners:
Fire to the prisons!
Demolish the prisons, freedom to prisoners!
We made this demo happen to show that we are not scared of the chains of the government capturing people, animals and earth. Our fight will continue against the systems will to include us to its decay.
Everyone who is fighting to abolish oppression is a freedom fighter. We will continue our struggle until the political isolation of Osman Evcan (who is supporting total freedom, and who is fighting against repression and torture for his anarchist ideals) are over. Prison systems are coffins built to control the majority, and to pacify masses for the minorities interest.
Freedom for Osman Evcan!
Until all cages and prisons are destroyed!
A stand opened in İzmir with the name “maneuver against speciesism”. Also in İzmir flyers were distributed to inform people about Osman Evcan’s hunger strike. And a banner was hanged saying “Vegan food for Osman Evcan”. 1 & 2
Saturday, December 5th, 2015
I am an atheist, so I don’t think that there is a Satan and God, but if I am wrong, if there is a Satan, Islam must be the words of Satan, not from a “holy” God. None of the “God” conceptions of other religions in the world are as cruel as the so-called religion of Islam. In fact, Islam is not a religion, but a barbaric death cult full of violence, savageness, mass murder, rape, sexual slavery, pedophilia, necrophilia, plunder, occupation, forcing to convert by sword, cutting the throat of the “infidels” or burning them alive. Today there is not a “religion” in the world as cruel as that barbaric death cult Islam, but shamelessly Muslims represent Islam as a “religion of peace”.
How can these verses of Quran can be considered from a “religion of peace”, coming from a “holy” God:
[Remember] when your Lord inspired to the angels, “I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip.”
Call for International Solidarity : Simultaneous local / global call for action on December 5th for Osman on hunger strike… (Turkey)
Monday, November 30th, 2015
We are going in front of Kandıra No.1 F Type Prison to support Osman Evcan…
Osman Evcan is resisting authority as an anarchist against speciecism for uninterrupted 23 years in state prisons. Osman Evcan supports the struggle for animal liberation as an anarchist since 2003. He has been a name for us, who voices the demand for total freedom against ecological destruction, hunger, poverty, carnage and war policies created by the state and capitalism.
Osman Evcan is recently located in Kandıra Kocaeli F-Type Prison No. 1 after being exiled to almost all the prisons in Turkey for resisting and never bending his head against systematically and continuously imposed intimidation. Osman Evcan’s and all political prisoners most basic and vital right to a healthy diet according to their preference and will is blocked by the prison management with the knowledge and instructions of the Ministry of Justice. (more…)
Friday, November 27th, 2015
From ABC Istanbul:
We visited vegan anarchist prisoner Osman Evcan at Kocaeli no:1 high security prison on his 16. Day of hunger strike. It is obvious that in parallel with the elections on November, the state fascism and oppression techniques have a reflection on the prisons. Because of the anarchist, vegan, libertarian ideas that Osman Evcan was fighting for, for many years; the pressure on him increases. Osman Evcan is now faced with F Type Prisons intimidation policies. His access to vegan food is blocked. And he is facing the imposition : “obey or die”. Osman Evcan continues his resistance under worsening conditions of imprisonment. And he made it clear that he is determined to continue his indefinite hunger strike with the will of total freedom. During our visit he was full of hope and told us to not to leave the arenas that organized violence is terrorizing. And he underlined that, the only way is resistance and struggle. And Osman Evcan also builds this hunger strike with a perception of psychological resistance that is against the fear and witch-hunt politics that is wanted to be created and calls us for action and to motivate ourselves for our rights arising from our existence. We shouldn’t let Osman Evcan and ourselves to be destroyed by the wheels of obedience mechanisms based on destroying all kinds of denial and objection. Let’s listen to the call of Osman Evcan who built his life on ideas based on solidarity, struggle and not harming any living being, and these ideas are bringing him to death. We want to share Osman Evcan’s letter on his reasons to start the hunger strike. Until all cages and prisons are destroyed!
About informing public opinion about my indefinite hunger strike:
I am a prisoner in Kocaeli no:1 F type prison. Because I am vegan I don’t eat meat or any kind of animal products and I avoid using any kind of products made out of animal bodies. I chose to live this way because it’s related to animal liberation and animal rights. (more…)
ABC Istanbul: Solidarity with imprisoned vegan anarchist Osman Evcan on hunger strike since Nov 10 (Turkey)
Saturday, November 21st, 2015
UPDATED: Spanish translation – CNA Mexico.
Who is Osman Evcan?
Osman Evcan who was born on 1959 in Samsun is an anarchist prisoner who spent his last 23 years in prison. İn 1992 he was sentenced to 30 years in prison with the charges of being a member of a leftist terrorist group and robbery. He was also imprisoned for 9 years between 1980-1989. Since Osman adopted anarchist ideas in 2003, he also became vegan and supports animal liberation struggles.
Osman Evcan was imprisoned in many different prisons all over the country during his conviction, he built his life fighting against authoritarian violence and especially the violence and oppression which is a systemic part of the prison’s hierarchical structure, and he still continues his fight against prison’s oppressive mentality, without giving an inch, aspiring to the right standards for anarchist, vegan, libertarian individuals.
Osman’s first barnburner act was his hunger strike in 2011 for vegan food to be available in prison which lasted 42 days. During his hunger strike the anarchists, animal liberationists from all over the World and in Turkey supported Osman’s fight to access vegan food in prison. (more…)