June 19, 2013

Is The Turkish Resistance Over?

We share the article of Kemal Okuyan, the member of the Central Ccommittee of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and editor of the daily soL, published on June 18:

Is it over?

... I couldn’t believe them. I couldn’t believe how the ones who enjoyed “over-self-esteem” on Saturday (June 15) arrived at the conclusion of “Alas, it’s over” on Sunday…

It has nothing to do with it!

I am repeating it: The dictator has lost, the people have won.

Yes, the movement was tremendous, the rage had hit the ceiling, but it had limits. The dictator would resist, he would prolong his political career, the dictator would keep on attacking as a politician who knows that his political life ends up when he steps back.

Without doubt, the resign of the government was possible…

But how?

It was not possible to expect a more pertinacious resistance from the people. What else could have been expected from them? In the last 20 days the fabric of the society changed, now all of us live in a completely different country, this has to be underlined and recorded.

There were other reasons behind the fact that the government has not resigned until now. For instance, there is no mature alternative, yet… In politics, it is, to some extent, the alternative that frazzles the existing political power. What comforts the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is that it has no alternative yet.

It was also possible that the government would resign if the powers that controlled the AKP had been ready to sacrifice Erdogan. The US, the Gulenists and the bourgeoisie… It didn’t get to that point. Fortunately, it didn’t.

The alternative has to be created by the people; it is the people that must change the political equilibrium.

All those mentioned above do not mean that the slogan of “Resign, government” is nullified or Erdogan’s resignation is not probable any more.

The reality is the following: The way of expressing reactions and demands of different segments of the society that have brought themselves into existence no more as masses but as a people since May 31 will change. The voice of the street is the reality of Turkey from now on. The government, facing this reality, might order hundreds of new anti-riot vehicles, might hire tens of thousands of new cops, might even install fountains that sprays tear gas into the squares and avenues (It would not be surprising that Melih Gökçek (the mayor of Ankara), who always puts his two cents in and takes every word seriously, says “Why haven’t I thought of that before, I will even take the burden on the shoulders on pour policemen”. I apologize, in advance, from our readers from Ankara. )

However, it can’t change the voice of the street.

The people who learn the language of the street will learn the language of politics fast as well.

Henceforth, it is baseless to worry for the fact that “the rate of participation in the legitimate meetings decrease”. The participation might fall one day and the next day it might astonishingly step up! However, such a pace, in any case, can’t be perpetual!

Expecting the latter would not only be unfairness but would also spoil and wound the voice of the street.

Think about it, is there any other example that such a high participation was kept that long?

This movement might have store away its “success” at a safe and improve the manner of its self-expression at the moment (last Friday, June 14) when the dictator stepped back as a maneuver not to lose everything. It was a mistake to ignore that “success”. Although the events of last Sunday did not mean a “loss”, it cast a shadow over the “success”.

No worries about it…

The success is clear. No one should compare last Sunday with the rest of the demonstrations; today can only be compared with the period before the uprising.

Now we have to use the language of politics smartly. We’ll struggle with lies…With the lies backed by the reactionary forces, imperialism, ignorance.

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