June 8, 2013

Some Notes From Turkey

(Our photo and video today come from whatishappeninginistanbul.com. Please check out the Tencere Tava video from Kardes Turkuler below or on YouTube.)

In a much-welcomed statemnent Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), has expressed his support of the demonstratons taking place across Turkey.

Parts of Ocalan's statement reads as follows: "I find the resistance meaningful and I salute it. By all means this stance has created a political rupture" and "No one should let himself be used by nationalist, pro-coup circles. The democratic, revolutionary, patriot and progressive circles should not let this movement slide under their surveillance."

In another part of his statement Ocalan commented on the on-going peace process underway between the Kurds and the government. "I am myself well aware of my historical responsibilities. My efforts are for more democracy and freedom. I hope that my counterparts will seize the opportunity and pursue the same efforts as me," Ocalan said.

Meanwhile, police used tear gas and water cannons to attack more than 10,000 protesters who gathered today in Kızılay Square at the center of Ankara.

bricks are happy to be at the barricades

Rumors of a planned coming police attack on demonstrators in Istanbul are circulating. Rumors are also circulating of an early election being called and the government appears to be divided in its response to the rebellion. It has been announced by the ruling party that two“unity and solidarity” rallies will be held on June 15 and 16 in Ankara and Istanbul. These will be the ruling party's opportunities to show its strength and numbers in reaction to the rebellion.

It is clear that the government has no way forward or backward at the moment. This was pointed out in an article in Sol today. An English translation of that article can be found here.

On Friday a contingent of "Anti-Capitalist Mulim Youth" joined protestors for prayers in Istanbul. They are regarded as being opposed to the ruling party, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist and supportive of gay rights and Kurdish rights. Progressive people among the demonstrators protected them as they prayed publicly.

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