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(en) Greece, Libertarian Initiative of Thessaloniki: Win in the struggle of hunger strikers Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça [Anarchist Federation] (gr) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 5 Oct 2017 15:21:43 +0300

Academician Nuriye Gülmen and teacher Semih Özakça have now surpassed the 200-day hunger strike. As early as 9 and 23 November 2016 respectively, the two teachers began sedentary protests in front of the Human Rights Monument on Ankara's Yüksel Avenue. Their purpose is to rescind them, to remove acts of a legislative nature which provide for the dismissal of civil servants who are not in the Erdogan regime or are suspected of it, and the cessation of the general emergency imposed on Turkey after the failed coup attempt in July 2016. On March 9, 2017, both began a hunger strike, escalating their struggle by upgrading pressure, ---- But in this fight they are not alone. From the very first moment and much more after the start of the hunger strike on their part, solidarity rushed to support them and flank their struggle through protests, gatherings, marches, signatures, concerts and symbolic hunger strikes. Their fair struggle gained international dimensions and, accordingly, solidarity movements took place outside of Turkey.

The Turkish regime, on the other hand, continued its repressive work with a daily barrage of adherents and dissolution of protests, seeking to sow a climate of intimidation. On May 21, the 76th day of the hunger strike, the anti-terrorist invaded the houses of the two strikers, having their arrest warrant. The prosecutor's warrant stated that the resistance of the two strikers, through the hunger strike, may lead to their own death or a rebellion such as that of Geki Square and TEKEL's smokers in 2010, encouraging others to join a terrorist organization, and in promoting propaganda for her. The two teachers continue the hunger strike, now through prison, where they are held in wretched and unhealthy isolation conditions, their health being at a critical stage,
On September 13, 24 hours before the start of the two hunger strikes, the Erdogan regime arrested 63 lawyers defending the two teachers who are members of the People's Rights Bureau (HBB). At the same time, 56 defendants were arrested outside the court. The trial has been postponed twice and has been postponed to October 20th . It is worth mentioning that at least 1,000 lawyers have asked to be the advocates of the two defendants. On September 25, Nuriye, with her consciousness, was violently transferred to the extraordinary incidents of another hospital, away from the other hunger striker, in order to put an end to the hunger strike she has been holding for months and its undermining her struggle.
Following the failed coup attempt in July 2016, Turkey's emergency measures have intensified further, while Erdogan, after the adulterated referendum in April, has gathered - and now - all the powers in his hands. Since July 2016, more than 500,000 people have been arrested and more than 140,000 civil servants have been dismissed or made available through legislative acts because they are accused of being goulenians or dissidents in general. At the same time, Communists and anarchist militants, members and MPs of the pro-Kurdish Social Democratic Party, HDP, journalists, academics, and people in general, who reside in what we could schematically designate as "progressive space," are confronted with repression,
Totalitarian control and domineering internal governance are accompanied by openings of the Turkish state, for the benefit of the corresponding bourgeoisie, abroad. Turkey is trying to redefine its position on the world stage by stepping through its imperialist plans. It seeks to become a self-sufficient, strong and competitive pole that will be able to look into the eyes of big players. This design is passed through parallel contradictory alliances, temporary coincidences and adventures. That is why she is reciprocating between the Euro-Atlantic bloc and the states of the Persian Gulf, trying to rise as an autonomous imperialist force, while also having a security for its possible accession to the EU. and its attachment to the Euro-Atlantic cluster.
As part of the oppressed and the exploited, we express our full solidarity with Nuriye and Semih and those who fight against the totalitarian regime of Erdogan. Creating and strengthening ties of international solidarity, combined with simultaneous social and class organization and counter-attack from the base, are the ones that can liberate us from the tyranny of the state and capital. The proletarians of all countries have nothing to divide between us. We are in the same class camp, in spite of what the bourgeois narratives tell us, who want to perpetuate political freedom and economic exploitation from below, for the sake of sovereigns. We must therefore respond to the state and capitalist barbarism that oppresses our lives and thrashes us daily,
Anarchist Federation
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