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(en) Turkey, CONFRONTATION! WE ARE CONFRONTING THE REALITY!

From Confrontation Campaign <yuzlesiyoruz@savaskarsitlari.org>
Date Thu, 9 Dec 2004 12:03:32 +0100 (CET)


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On December 5, 2004, we are starting out a campaign that will continue until
May 15, 2005. This is a campaign against the undeclared war in the Eastern
and Southeastern regions in Turkey, against the bitterly entrenched camps of
this war, against a whole ignorant society and the media, and against the
governments that persistently deny the war.
Even though life seems to go on, the stock market fluctuates, our currency
changes into YTL, Turkish celebrity milk cows, and while football games are
filled with bribe and violence, there is still a war in Turkey!
Each day, HUMAN BEINGS are dying, be it soldiers, guerrillas, or civilians.
Each day, people are forced to abandon their mother tongues.
Each day, people are forced to migrate to escape war conditions.
Each day, people are facing discrimination due to their cultural and
geographic identities.
Each day, people are struggling to continue their lives under the shadow of
the armed forces of "this" or "that" side.


Entire villages are being emptied, forests are being burned down. Millions
of mines are waiting for their victims. Despite the official declarations,
torture and human rights abuses remain, and restrictions against freedom of
speech are still in place.

The sides of the war continue to spill blood and plunge millions of people
into an unrecoverable trauma. This is why, even though resisting war is
itself a truly right stance, we feel obliged to justify this campaign. Maybe
because of our anxieties of self-explanation, we have not done enough for
decrying the war in Turkey with an anti-militarist perspective.

We will be in the most crowded public places during six months to cry out
the injustices of basic rights and freedoms and to stop war. We will
interrupt the daily routine blind to war via direct and non-violent actions
to reveal the hidden and silenced faces of the war.

Antimilitarists

ANSWERS TO POSSIBLE FREQUENT QUESTIONS

WHO ARE YOU?
First of all, there is indeed no need to make a distinction between "you"
and "we". But since you have asked the question so, we are people from
various practices, ideas and cultures uniting under antimilitarism. Under
normal conditions, it is very possible that we would end up quarreling but
we have succeeded coming together for this campaign.

BE MORE OPEN! WHO ARE YOU??
Anarchists, antimilitarists, anti-authoritarians, peace activists, activists
against sexual discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination, human
rights defenders, conscientious objectors, people against war, total
objectors... All the "abnormals" of this system! That is everyone who the
authorities would really like to get rid of. But as mentioned, our common
ground is antimilitarism.

WHY ARE YOU HOLDING SUCH A CAMPAIGN?
Because there is war.
Because there are never-ending human rights violations, families forced to
migrate, and people divested of the right to live their culture and
language.
Because there are people forced to be a side of war without being cared of
their dreams and wishes...
Because there are media organizations taking side in the war, having organic
connections with the authorial powers.
Besides, all those do not happen far away from us, but just the opposite,
next to us, in Turkey. As we are not a side of the war, we are organizing
this campaign because simply we resist neglecting it.

WHO IS BEHIND YOU?
We have no organizational support, neither foreign nor domestic. We
represent and act only for ourselves.

WHY WOULD WE BELIEVE IN YOU?
For years we have been saying that we will not be anybody's soldier and a
side of any war. We will follow our word by acting on the streets on such an
unspoken subject.

WHY DID YOU NAME THIS CAMPAIGN "CONFRONTATION"?
For many years there is a war in Turkey. There are also entrenched camps
within this war. The war is there, despite our daily lives in the big
cities, our blindness, and our negligence. While we are going to our works,
or sleeping in our warm beds, humans are dying "there". We do not look for
whether they are guerillas or soldiers; we regard every dead person as
humanbeing. We want to confront the reality of the Eastern and Southeastern
regions where the war has been rooted from people's lives to the ground, the
life conditions in those regions, which seem distant but indeed very close.

HOW LONG WILL THIS CAMPAIGN LAST?
The campaign starts on Sunday, December 5, 2004 and end on the day of second
"Traditional Militourism Festival" on Sunday, May 15, 2005. The campaign
will last six months.

WHAT KINDS OF PROTESTS WILL TAKE PLACE?
As we are the antimilitarists from different cities, each of us will
determine its own agenda and creative actions and will announce those. As
long as we can, each week on Sunday we will be present in the most crowded
public places of the cities. We do not feel obliged to take anyone's
permission and we have already prepared our alternative nonviolent but
clamorous responses to the possible risks we may face. In addition to the
planned ones, we are thinking on the "surprise" actions. All the actions we
will carry our will be anything nonviolent that disturbs society not to
neglect the war and reveals the social conditions of war, such as street
performances, open air galleries, and any other creative act we can think
of.

WHAT KIND OF A WAY OF PROTEST IT IS?
Chanting slogans in the streets and making press announcements are possible
kinds of action too. In fact we sometimes hold such actions too. But we find
those inadequate to reach people. And sometimes we feel that we make press
announcements just to ourselves and generally the media ignores or
misrepresents our ideas. The government surrounds the activists with
security forces thus isolating them from the society. Since we aim to face
the society with the reality of war, why would not we make this directly?

IS THIS CAMPAIGN CONFINED TO ISTANBUL AND IZMIR?
The campaign has initiated in Istanbul and Izmir but every one against war
can spread the campaign to other cities. We do not see ourselves as the
owners of the campaign and invite everybody to take part in.


HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
First of all, by identifying yourself as "we" instead of using we/use
separation. The rest depends on you. We certainly need financial and
personal support. There are many ways you can contribute other than
financially. For example, let us say you are a lawyer. You can come to
announced action locations and give legal support. Or, you may be a
journalist who wants to promote the campaign but you have such freaky editor
who wants tabloid news only. Then you can publish the news about the
campaign while your editor is sleepy! Or you may be a police officer working
in the riot police force yet wanting the war to end and basic rights granted
to people. You could provide a big contribution by not bashing in the heads
of activists! Indeed, what shall confess our real intention: You can provide
the biggest contribution of all by becoming an activist in order to end this
war!

WILL THIS CAMPAIGN BE SUCCESSFUL?
With every one's support, why would it be?

HOW CAN WE CONTACT YOU?
Istanbul : +90 (536) 895 92 90
Izmir : +90 (232) 388 48 50
E-mail: yuzlesiyoruz@savaskarsitlari.org
www.savaskarsitlari.org

WHY DID YOU ASK SO MANY POSSIBLE QUESTIONS?
We just wanted to express our concerns, wishes and ourselves clearly...


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