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(en) Turkey, Mehmet is insisting on his guilt of loving Baris.* (tr)

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 21 Apr 2005 07:56:35 +0200 (CEST)

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Mehmet Tarhan known as a gay, anarchist and total objector
is taken into custody at an hotel in Izmir, when he went to
work for TUYAP book fair and then sent to military bureau. At
there he had declared that “You brought me here by force, I
am a conscientious objector, I will not sign any document.”
Mehmet is insisting on not signing anything.
Mehmet continued his resistance at Tokat 48 th
Infantry Training Division where he was sent: he
refused to wear uniform, didn't permit his hair and
beard to be cut, and didn't sign any paper. His
resistance for conscientious objection right has
impacted soldiers: a group of soldiers with some
officers demanded to meet Mehmet Tarhan to get info
about conscientious objection and declared that they
want this right to be legalised and supporters of this
right to work more intensely. Mehmet is insisting on
his conscientious objection right.
In spite of his declaration that he is not and will
not be a soldier, he was forced to receive and accept
orders at Tokat as if he was a soldier and
noncomplience minutes are reported. Then he is
arrested by the excuse of these minutes and transfered
to Sivas for judgment. Mehmet refused to testify for
the trial as it happened before when he was called to
testify against the charge of ‘alienating people from
army.' Mehmet is insisting on not testifying.

Mehmet will be judged of “insisting on noncomplience
to get rid of army service” on 28 th April. It is
clear from his objection declaration dated 27 th
October 2001 that charging him of trying to escape
from army service is nonsense:

"I do not believe in the necessity of the state and I
do not feel any belonging to any state. I never want
to strengthen military forces by actions called as the
duties of citizenship. The state claimng I am a
citizen of it wants to use me for military service, to
turn me into a death machine and to make me a part of
the crime that I explained by comprimising me in
itself. The aim of the state is to reproduce its power
and itself. I will not let it happen and I will
protect my beliefs. I perceive the rotten report that
is provided for me because I am a gay as the sign of
the decadance of the state itself.

As an individual, I will not serve for any kind of
military or other apparatuses of any state. I admit
that to excuse for this is an insult to myself and I
refuse every kind of state permission or deferences of
the state."
Mehmet is insisting on something but, the aim of this
insistance is not to escape from military service but
to encounter with it. Mehmet is insisting on his guilt
of loving Barýs.

We are complices of Mehmet. We agree with his
declaration that "total objection is natural right of
my being, i don't want an authorisation about total
objection and i believe that nobody has ao authority
to give this right.", share the guilt of supporting
peace and insist on this right.

Mehmet is continuing his resistance now at Sivas
Military Prison. We will be at Sivas on 28 th April to
support this resistance. We are inviting you to come
Sivas and those who can't, to support this resistance
at their cities, countries.

* which can be translated into English as follows: 1)
a name given to men. 2) peace

Last minute updates:

Conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan transferred to
military hospital by force

I perceive the ‘rotten’ report given as a ‘right’
because of my homosexuality
as rottenness of militarist system itself.
Mehmet Tarhan

Mehmet Tarhan was undressed and forced to wear uniform
by soldiers when he was sent to Sivas Military Prison
by force and was physically attacked by prisoners who
were provocated by a news that ‘a terrorist came!’.
Mehmet is encountering another torture now.

Mehmet is conveyed to Sivas Military Hospital by the
order of attorney generalship in 20th April 2005. In
spite of his resistance against this order, he was got
into a military automobile by force and sent to
hospital. The visiting demand of his relatives and
lawyers is refused. Mehmet declared that he won’t
accept the ‘rotten’ report given as a right by
military to homosexuals and this report is the
evidence of rotten character of militarist system

Lawyers after meeting with attorney pointed out that
inspection of Mehmet against his will is a form of
torture, they were not allowed to see their client and
demanded these unlawful practices to be stopped. They
recalled to attorney that reason at law is important,
it couldn’t be ignored that the reason of disobedience
of their client is conscientious objection,
‘inspection’ can only be done when two parts do want
it and when it’s done by force, it is a torture. After
these statements, the attorney permitted lawyers to
see Mehmet. But he still insists on inspection. Mehmet
is expected to be inspected by a comission on Tuesday,
just before his trial.

Mehmet Tarhan is refusing to sign any document related
with army and resisting against the orders to make him
sign these papers. He is stil under psychological

Army that has no right on Mehmet has put him into
military hospital by force and still insisting on
inspecting him. Army is avoiding to face with
conscientious/total objection perpetually, and tracing
the same policy at this case as well. Militarist
mentality eager to judge a person who is not a soldier
because of his disobedience, is now trying to give a
‘rotten’ report in order to close this case by
insisting on ‘inspection’ torture.

The one under oppression is not only Mehmet. People
supporting Mehmet’s resistance is also subject to this
oppression. Last night (19th April) one of our friends
from Solidarity with Mehmet Tarhan Iniciative, when
she was going to home, was got out of taxi and taken
into an automobile by some people and brought to an
office. Our friend declares that these guys didn’t
tell her who they were and why they took her to that
office. She was asked some questions about her
relation with Mehmet, the publishment she and Mehmet
were working for and people with whom she talked at
her mobile phone. Then these guys took our friend back
to that place and released.

They make a mistake if they believe that we will give
up supporting Mehmet Tarhan by taking us into custody,
listening phones. All these oppressive act only serve
for testifying to our and Mehmet’s beliefs.

Solidarity Initiative with Mehmet Tarhan

For detailed info:
Av. Abdullah Öztürk: +90 546 252 69 72

Orig: http://www.ainfos.ca/05/apr/ainfos00344.html
(tr) Mehmet Tarhan´la ilgili son geliþmelere dair basýn duyurusu
Worker <a-infos-tr@ainfos.ca>

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