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kurekmurek
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Aug 18 2015 09:58

http://www.sendika1.org/2015/08/mus-valiligi-kevser-elturke-yapilan-iskenceye-degil-iskencenin-ifsasina-karsi/
Photo of a killed tortured and stripped naked woman guerilla's photo started to circulate in facebook a few days ago. Mus state authorities agreed that it was in fact a real photo belonging to the corpse of YJA Star guerilla "Kevser Eltürk". The point is then Mus authorities banned the circulation of photo and opened a case to find the person who took the photo. So basically turkish state thinks it is very ok to torture and shame the killed kurdish guerillas but it is not ok to show this to wider public to inform about the horrors of the state.

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Aug 18 2015 10:05

http://www.imctv.com.tr/semdinlide-evlerinizi-bosaltin-anonslari-yapiliyor/
In Semdinli another city under the state of emergency, there are reports of state forces with armed veichles announce "if you do not leave your homes, we won't be responsible for what happened". So basically Turkish state trying to force a Kurdish city to migrate and terrorize its population.

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Sep 9 2015 12:59

There have been attacks on HDP offices and kurdish people since last weekend. Attackers are Nationalists and/or Islamists, partly organized, partly spontaneous. Mostly in western Turkey. The HDP office in Ankara was almost torched. Also the building of Hurriyet newspaper in Istanbul was attacked two times. AKP- and MHP-youth (grey wolves) are said to be behind the attacks . There have also been reports of attacks on kurdish workers and busses going to kurdish areas.

http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article146176146/Wir-wollen-keine-Operationen-wir-wollen-Massaker.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34193733?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_breaking&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=news_central

Demonstrations today at 18:00 everywhere in Germany.

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Sep 10 2015 00:54

New Mouvement Communiste article about the strike wave in Turkey earlier this year:

http://mouvement-communiste.com/documents/MC/Leaflets/BLT1509ENVF.pdf

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Oct 7 2015 12:19

Inspired by revitalization of reporting of developments in kurdish regions, here is my overview report on the latest developments in Turkey.

The General Political Situation: In 7th of June the elections resulted in AKP losing majority in parlament thanks to HDP's decision to enter the elections as a party and risking losing the elections entirely by not going over the electoral threshold (which is 10 percent -still- in Turkey). This is even agreed by main Turkish nationalist (and anti-kurdish party) party ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dT2iKqHD-o and see the usage in this news also: http://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/140-communes-formed-in-cizre-as-part-of-building-of-self-rule ). Anyway luckily HDP passed the threshold with 13.7 percent of the votes. AKP did not wished to make a colation (though it made some conversations with other parties) so there is still no coalition government in Turkey) Therefore Turkey is going for re-elections in 1st of November. And apparently to lower the votes of HDP (and destroy Rojava – there are good articles connecting this re-starting of war to the emergence of Rojava as a new legitimate force in Syria for kurds but also internationally), AKP went back to war against Kurds especially following the Suruc massare.

The Civil War: In the past mst of the fighting between Kurdish forces and Guerillas were happening in mountains. However Kurdish freedom movement new reconfigured its fight according to itsnew ideology – democratic autonomy. Now the idea is to defend people's cities, villages and neighbourhood by “revolutionary people's war” and declare self-rule. Terminologically kurdish forces emphasize that they declare not autonomies, but self-rule (Turkish: Ozyonetim). ( http://diclenews.org/tr/news/content/view/476708?from=1815887918 Or Ayna saying: autonomy and self-rule are the same thing it is people deciding for themselves - abit contradictory but same idea neverthelesss- : http://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler/2015/09/150911_ozyonetim_ilan_analiz_cagil_kasapoglu )This is according to Kurdish sources show that the emphasis is not on the establishment of just a canton or an autonomous place with its legal-beuracratic structre (like let's say Catalonia) But establishing the people's rule in the place where people live. So it implies something more than autonomy (in political terms) but people's direct democracy, participation, development of local sturctures for benefit of people etc (more on this below). The Turkish State saw this experiments as attacks to its own soverignity and responded harshly. Killing many civilians and closing down entire cities for more than a week in Silvan, Cizre and many others...

The Decisions of Cizre Self-Rule: The Cizre was one of the cities where human rights violations were too much. The city endured 9 days of closing down and lost many people. However after huge funerals for the lost ones and many still in jail (including the municipal co-leaders who were the people who declared self-rule publically). The Self-rule is not dissolved at all after the attacks:

This news is from 24.09.2015 on the plans of self-rule in english: http://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/140-communes-formed-in-cizre-as-part-of-building-of-self-rule

Here is the decisions of the self-rule declared in 28.09.2015, (http://www.demokrathaber.net/siyaset/cizre-halk-meclisi-nden-ozguce-dayali-kararlar-komun-tandirlari-saglik-ocaklari-h55223.html ) summarized and translated:

* A commisison will be formed to determine the losses of each person and the losses will be covered by the self-rule based on the self-power of people
*The case for rights violations will be made collectively.
*People decided that a documentary to be made for Cizre resistance.
*According to principles of eco-industry “the sand owen industries” near the Dicle River should be closed. We will start a campaign for this.
*The city will plant tries and in each neighbourhood children's play parks will be made.
*In each neihbourhood Commune Owens will be built to increase collectivity.
*The polygomy, money for women and similar degaratory practices against women will be abolished and considered unlawful.
*Gambling is prohibited.
*A small health office will be opened in each neighbourhood for people to get free helathcare in their native languages.
*We call all young and families not to go to army.

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Oct 9 2015 20:53

In last 3 months 113 civilians were killed by cops and army in Turkey. http://www.evrensel.net/haber/262388/ihd-yasam-hakki-ihlallerini-acikladi-3-ayda-113-kisi-yasamini-yitirdi

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Oct 10 2015 08:12

A peace demonstartion organised by leftist unions -and which Hdp was attending -was bombed in Ankara. There are more than 20 dead. It is suspected that it was a suicide bombing ahain

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Oct 10 2015 08:35

Liveticker about the Ankara Bombing: http://www.diken.com.tr/ankarada-baris-mitingi-oncesi-patlama/

Yesterday there where talks about a PKK ceasefire which would be a good thing, espcially for the civil movements, but may not happen now after this.

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Oct 10 2015 08:43

The dead number is now 35 there are more than 50 injured. However I dont know about stopping of ceasefire declaration. I think it can still happen. However it would be wise if HDP stops making demonstrations or peace protests. And just hope to get a better position after the election to stop the war and prevent state terror. I Will report on developments

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Oct 10 2015 09:25

It is confirmed before ambulances cops attacked the crowd who were trying to help the injured in Ankara

kurekmurek
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Oct 10 2015 11:36

As I suspect KCK declared that their guerillas are temporarily on the position of "inactivity" .

kurekmurek
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Oct 10 2015 11:43

New number: Now 70 people are dead

kurekmurek
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Oct 10 2015 13:12

Number of dead 86 injured about 280

Flint
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Oct 10 2015 13:20

Terrible.

Keep us informed.

nokta
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Oct 10 2015 13:44

General strike on monday and tuesday declared (by unions that organized the peace demonstration)

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Oct 10 2015 14:21

Yhere is ban on making news of the bombing. Twitter is also banned and can not be reached at the moment. Facebook is extremely slow I can not see more than 6 posts or so in my timeline. There are local demos against bombing throughout Turkey

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Oct 10 2015 18:44

Still Islamofascits/Islamists have not taken the honour of mass murder in Ankara today. However, we know well, this level of barbarism has its roots and branches in the corridors of power/state machinery and capital requirement of crisis/war management related to the process total destructionism in the middle East: In the framework of USA-Nato imperialism against the rival imperialist network of Russia –Syrian-Iran-Hezbollah, Turkish state/capital focused on moving its geopolitical position forward by replacing the Assad regime. The Islamist AKP with lunatic Erdogan in lead suffers heavily from a fundamental split within Turkish ruling class in dealing with internal and external issues, including the war in Syria.

However, AKP uses the ballot box mechanism to enforce its mini-imperialist and Islamist project in the country and the region. Of course it depends on its ally’s Saudi Arabian and Qatari state. Thus, Turkish state/capital uses the mass murder Islamist to accentuate its military and political ambitions: After all the IS in the Middle East is to certain degree the creation of Turkish, Saudi and Qatari state’s geopolitical planning. The Turkish state with AKP/Erdogan allows itself to apply IS/Isalmist or nationalist mass murdering mechanism against Kurds and Kurdish question in a self sustaining reaction to open current crisis of capitalism in (Islamic) periphery: Barbarisms we witness in the Middle East (to day in Ankara) portray power and true contribution of capitalism and its attributes Imperialism and Islamism for humanity.

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Oct 10 2015 19:26

here's what I gots:

Call for a General Strike from progressive labor confederations and organizations
http://sendika3.org/2015/10/call-for-a-general-strike-from-progressive-labor-confederations-and-organizations/

I don't know the Turkish comrade, but here's what an American comrade has shared on FB

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Morgan Presta reports ---"Anarcho-syndicalist Ali Kitapçı, who was injured in today's bomb attack in Ankara":
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153673877979634&set=a.10151613271804634.1073741826.712259633&type=3&theater

EDIT: Morgan now reports that the comrade is dead.
https://www.facebook.com/tacankaAKK/photos/a.1559093467698092.1073741830.1552810614993044/1620998794840892/?type=3&hc_location=ufi

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Oct 10 2015 19:31

This is just so fucking grim.

Flint
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Oct 10 2015 19:46

HDP organized vigil for Sunday 6PM at the White House in Washington, DC

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Oct 10 2015 20:18

Ali was a great guy and a very dedicated class militant. He was himself responsible for actual realisation of strike calls in his sector (railroad workers) in ankara. He was not supportive of actions of kurdish movement. I think he went to the demonstration for antimilitarist class action to end the civil war and bring peace. He was active in his union which is connected to Disk. He was in constant struggle to change it to an anarcho syndicalist union at leas in practice. He even had ideas in last years to form another syndicalist union with international unions in its sector to further the cause of the workers. I am going to his funeral now.

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Oct 10 2015 20:51

thanks for your posts kurremkarmerruk.

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Oct 10 2015 21:03

This is awful. Al jazeera is saying at least 95 dead now.

kurekmurek
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Oct 10 2015 21:13

There are at least 30 or so heavly injured and there are some speculations that say much higher numbers (around 110)

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Oct 10 2015 21:25
Serge Forward wrote:
This is awful. Al jazeera is saying at least 95 dead now.

"Number of killed in #AnkaraAttack reaches 128 & number of wounded 516 according to HDP crisis desk." (ANF)

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Oct 10 2015 21:53

Btw how does Tuekish state replied back to bombing and declaration of ceasefire? It declared ban on going out in some districts in kurdish cities (there is already one young boy killed) plus it is bombing pkk camps in the mountains http://anfturkce.net/kurdistan/turk-savas-ucaklari-zap-i-bombaliyor

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Oct 10 2015 22:34

i don't know the turkish press at all, but found this in english:

http://www.todayszaman.com/national_95-killed-246-wounded-in-deadliest-act-of-terrorism-in-turkeys-history_401143.html

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Oct 11 2015 10:54

http://www.bts.org.tr/index.php/haberler/k2-pages/genel-merkez/item/1418-bari%C5%9F-demokrasi-ve-%C3%B6zg%C3%BCrl%C3%BCk-m%C3%BCcadelemizde-kaybettiklerimiz.html

This is the website of BTS independent transport workers union which Ali was member. He is the one at the very start (upper left corner) this is the news of union about their losses in the fight for democracy and peace.

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Oct 11 2015 21:57

Solidarity statement of FAU (Free Workers' Union, german anarcho-syndicalist union).
http://www.fau.org/artikel/art_151011-225853 (Turkish/English/German)

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Solidarity Statement – Ankara attack
A peace demonstration under the motto "Work, Peace and Democracy" organized by unions on 10 October 2015 in Ankara, Turkey, was attacked killing at least 128 people and injuring over 200, many seriously. The union federation FAU (Free Workers' Union) is appalled by this cowardly attack on the labor and peace movement.

The demonstration was in reaction to the impending civil war and the increased repression against the left and Kurdish opposition by the Erdoğan-AKP regime. It was organized by the independent unions and trade associations DİSK (Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey), KESK (Confederation of Public Employees' Trade Unions), TMMOB (Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects) and TTB (Turkish Medical Association). The left, democratic and Kurdish opposition also called for participation in the demonstration.
This murderous attack fits in with the pattern of the attacks in Diyarbakir/Amed and Suruç/Pirsus as well as those against the left social-democratic HDP (People's Democratic Party) and Kurdish people in northern Kurdistan and eastern Turkey. For years, Turkey has been governed in an authoritarian manner by the religious-nationalist AKP.

As a reaction, the DİSK, KESK, TMMOB and TTB have called for a general strike on 12 and 13 October.

The FAU, as an internationalist, anarcho-syndicalist union, stands by the workers in Turkey in this difficult hour and declare our solidarity.
We also speak out our condolences to the victims and their families.
The FAU calls upon its members and friends to show their solidarity.

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Oct 12 2015 12:04

http://postimg.org/image/rs4d80sy9/

From funeral. I missed the heading banner and nearly all of the flags to show the crowd and the funeral more in picture.