British solidarity with pro-democrats in Turkey

This video says about itself:

1 June 2013

Arround 70 people gathered today in front of the Turkish embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to condemn the police brutality and to show solidarity with insurrections in Turkey. Not Slovenes and Turks but united as one against the system! People united can never be defeated!

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Hundreds back people of Turkey

Monday 31st October 2016

OVER 200 people attended the launch the Solidarity with the People of Turkey (Spot) campaign at a conference hosted jointly with the National Union of Teachers on Saturday.

The conference brought together journalists, trade unionists, activists and human rights campaigners from both Britain and Turkey, holding a series of workshops, debates and discussions on issues including freedom of speech, the Kurdish question and the refugee crisis.

Spot announced the event following the failed coup in Turkey to support the battle for democracy in what it sees as an increasingly dictatorial country.

Speakers included Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German, who condemned the West for creating the refugee crisis through the so-called “war on terror” forcing people to flee their homes.

Morning Star campaigns manager Calvin Tucker denounced the Turkish government for attacking freedom of speech through the closure of opposition and pro-Kurdish newspapers and TV stations.

Conference organiser Oktay Sahbaz, from the Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish community centre in north London, said: “As our conference came to an end, we received the news of the suspension of a further 1,267 academics; another 10 newspapers have been shut down; the broadcasting rights of two more news agencies has been taken away.

“The discussions during the conference and the news that followed show, once again, the urgent need for international solidarity.”

The conference passed a motion demanding the immediate release of the co-mayors of the south-eastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, who were arrested last week, and calling for the release of all Kurdish political prisoners.

Death penalty returning in Turkey? Here.

5 thoughts on “British solidarity with pro-democrats in Turkey

  1. Democratisch gekozen co-burgemeesters Diyarbakir opgepakt!
    Vanavond zijn twee democratisch gekozen co-burgemeesters, Gülten Kisanak en Firat Anli, van de gemeente Diyarbakir opgepakt door antiterreureenheden van de Turkse politie. Kisanak werd opgepakt op het vliegveld nadat zij terugkeerde van een vergadering van een parlementaire commissie in Ankara. Anli is opgepakt in zijn huis. De redenen voor hun arrestaties zijn nog onbekend.

    Deze arrestaties zijn een nieuwe toevoeging aan Erdogan’s dictatoriale politiek, die als doel heeft alle HDP-gemeenten in eigen handen te krijgen. Enkele weken geleden werd in een aantal Koerdische gemeenten diverse politici gearresteerd en vervangen door AKP-gezinde politici en bewindvoerders.

    Het gemeentehuis van Diyarbakir is gedurende deze arrestaties omsingeld door tientallen zwaar bewapende politieagenten. Geen enkele medewerker van de gemeente mag nog naar binnen. Tussen de medewerkers en de politieagenten zijn schermutselingen ontstaan. Of er gewonden zijn gevallen is nog onbekend.

    Ondanks de bewijzen van de toenemende onderdrukking van de Koerden in Koerdistan en Turkije, blijven de Europese lidstaten toekijken en zwijgen. Tot op heden is Turkije niet op de vingers getikt voor deze ondemocratische arrestaties van politici en overnames van gemeenten. De belegering van diverse Koerdische steden, welke vervolgens deels met de grond gelijk zijn gemaakt, heeft ook niet geleid tot sancties van de Europese Unie. Ook het binnenvallen van Irak en Syrië, om ook de Koerden daar te proberen aan te vallen, is zonder gevolgen voor Turkije gebleven.

    De vraag van de Koerdische gemeenschap in Nederland is dan ook wanneer zowel Nederland als de Europese Unie van plan zijn om de democratie ook in Turkije te bewerkstelligen en te beschermen. Wanneer gaan Mark Rutte en zijn Europese collega’s Turkije eens aanspreken en aanpakken op hun anti-Koerdische politiek? Wanneer stopt het systematisch uitmoorden van de Koerden? Wanneer krijgen de Koerden hun rechten?.

    Raad van Gemeenschappen uit Koerdistan 26-10-2016


  2. Police batter the people and HDP deputies in front of Amed Municipality

    Police attacked the people and HDP deputies that have gathered in front of Amed Municipality since last night to protest the detention of co-mayors and raid on the municipality.

    Hundreds of people have gathered in front of Amed Municipality since last night to protest the detention of co-mayors and raid on the municipality. As the municipality building remains under a siege, police have attacked the people and HDP deputies on the nearby Lise Street.

    In response to the police attack, HDP MPs Feleknas Uca, Besime Konca and Ayşe Acar Başaran stood in front of water cannons, upon which police attacked the three deputies. Feleknas Uca felt faint after the assault.

    Despite the police attack with water cannons, people remain on the street, chanting “We will resist until victory” and “Pressures cannot intimidate us”.

    More people are joining the crowd in front of the municipality building.

    Source: AMED – ANF 26-10-2016

    Demirtaş: We will enhance the resistance and take no steps back

    HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş announced that they will enhance the struggle on streets against the AKP coup in Amed.

    Masses have gathered in front of the Amed Municipality today as well to demand the release of Amed Metropolitan Municipality Co-mayors Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı.

    Democratic Society Congress (DTK) co-chair Leyla Güven, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, Democratic Regions’ Party (DBP) co-chair Kamuran Yüksek and Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) Co-Spokesperson Ertuğrul Kürkçü have also joined the people in front of the municipality today.

    HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş made a statement to the press here, firstly extending his thanks to the people who remain in front of the municipality in protest at the detention of Co-mayors Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı.

    Highlights from the statement of Demirtaş are as follows:

    “On behalf of my party I thank all of you for supporting the municipality since the first moment this unlawful practice began. There is no internet connection in any city in Northern Kurdistan for two days. The opposition televisions have been seized and confiscated. Press members are covering the news but the centers they are affiliated to will not publish those news for fear from the Palace.

    Still, we will visit every house and every citizen one by one, and tell what is going on. We will take care of each other without accepting these happenings like ordinary incidents. Nobody has the right to commit a crime before justice, whether it is an ordinary citizen or a president. None of us has a freedom to commit a crime but there needs to be fair trial for us to accept to be tried. What we oppose is not trial. There is nothing left as judiciary.

    Why would the AKP’s law commission try us? Do we have to give a statement to such a prosecutor? We are just against the prosecutors that act in line with the perspective of the Palace.

    If our mayors happen to engage in theft, we will be the first to punish them. Let me state this clearly again: Our co-mayors, Kışanak and Anlı in the first place, have always mobilized their means for peace. Nobody can accuse our municipalities of supporting terror and violence.

    If you are in search of people that support terror, look at Ankara and Istanbul first. Look at Topbaş and Gökçek to see who supports terror. Look at those who gave half of Istanbul and Ankara to the Gülen community. If the allegations are true, then they should prove one penny being spent by our municipality for this purpose. This is an utter lie. There is no such a thing.

    We have always faced with early elections so far, but this will not be the case from now on as we will resist until our municipalities are returned to us.

    They shall give us everything they have stolen and confiscated from us. We demand the return of our co-mayors to their positions, and the return of the people’s will. We will not accept any other option. We will not bow down and we will continue standing up. Everyone will take to the streets and take no steps back until we attain a result. Those resorting to violence should know that the people are not sheep to sacrifice. We will bring freedom and we will achieve this by not surrendering but resisting.”

    Source: AMED – ANF 28-10-2016


  3. Tuesday 1st November 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    TURKISH police arrested the editor and a dozen staff at newspaper Cumhuriyet (Republic) yesterday in the ongoing media crackdown.

    Editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, cartoonist Musa Kart, the paper’s lawyer and several columnists were detained, Cumhuriyet reported.

    Police had warrants for the detentions of 16 staff members, the paper said.

    The Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office said they were suspected of committing crimes on behalf of the movement led by US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen — accused by the government of masterminding the failed July military coup — and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

    It claimed the suspects published content that attempted to legitimise the coup.

    Cumhuriyet is allied to the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the party founded by the secular nationalist founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, after the first world war.

    As he was being led away, Mr Kart said: “How will they explain this to the world? I am being taken into custody for drawing cartoons.”

    Cumhuriyet columnist Ayse Yildirim said the detentions could be a prelude to the government taking over the newspaper as it has done to other opposition media.

    The paper’s former editor-in-chief Can Dundar was sentenced to five years in May for publishing photographic evidence of government arms smuggling to extremists in Syria. He has since fled the country.

    On Sunday the government shut down the Kurdish Dicle and Jinha news agencies and the Azadiya Welat newspaper.


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