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(en) Greece, Thessaloniki Libertarian Initiative: Solidarity with hunger strikers in Turkey Anarchist Federation [machine translation]

Date Fri, 4 Oct 2019 09:05:52 +0300

Day by day, the tyrants are gone. ---- The day will come when the tyrants will go away ---- Feeling like a piece of paper on the glorious path of the revolution ---- (verse from Grup Yorum's song "1 Mayis") ---- Hunger strike (since 17/5/2019) members of the band Grup Yorum ---- Ibrahim Gokcek, Bahar Kurt, Baris Yuksel, Helin Bolek and Ali Araci, detained members of the revolutionary-folk band Grup Yorum, have been on hunger strike since 17/5/2019. ---- Grup Yorum is a politically militant band from Istanbul, active in the struggles of the working class and youth. Created in 1985 by 4 students at the University of Marmara in Istanbul, it has been on the side of those fighting against injustice, exploitation and oppression ever since. They sing the struggles of the peoples of Turkey through their anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist lyrics, without ever concealing their communist political identity.

Grup Yorum's enormous popular appeal and his musical confrontation with capitalism have upset Turkey's authoritarian regime, which has materially translated into more than 400 arrests and trials by band members. Their concerts have been canceled and their discs confiscated by police. In fact, since the announcement of the Turkish state's implementation of an emergency regime on 21/7/2016, the Idil Social Center in Istanbul, which houses Grup Yorum, has already received eight attacks by police forces, which have destroyed a significant part of it. of the band's musical equipment and seized several of his musical compositions.


In the last two years alone, 11 members of Grup Yorum have been arrested, while 4 of them have been placed on terrorist lists by the Turkish state. In essence, this means that these 4 members of the band have been proclaimed and therefore wanted by the Turkish state's persecuting and repressive authorities. There are now many members of Grup Yorum who are locked up in prisons in the Turkish state. However, despite the extent of state repression, their racing mentality does not bend.

Grup Yorum's five hunger strikers demand the immediate release of the band's imprisoned members, the cessation of police raids on the Idil Community Center and the band's offices, the abolition of concert bans, the abolition of terrorist lists and revocation of all criminal prosecutions brought against the members of the Grup Yorum by the Turkish state. In support of the hunger strikers' struggle, members of Grup Yorum have begun a hunger strike and several members of communist organizations in many European countries.

Hunger strike (from 3/7/2019) by Mustafa Kocak fighter

Mustafa Kocak was arrested by police in July and charged with life imprisonment for supplying weapons in the case of the execution of prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz on 31/5/2015, at the Istanbul Courthouse, by DHKP-C rebels who demanded announcement of 4 cop names directly linked to the murder of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan. Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz declined to disclose the names, concealing the state's ineptitude and its repressive arm. On 31/5/2015 the cops broke the deal with the two DHKP-C guerrillas, Safak Yayla and Bahtiyar Dogruyol, who were killed in the ensuing armed conflict, while prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz bowed a little later to the brawl. .

Mustafa Kocak, a militant, has been sentenced to life in prison following alleged accusations made against him by a nationally known in Turkey rufian and police officer Berk Ercan.


Berk Ercan is a cops minion who makes false statements against militant workers and the popular movement. Despite the fact that many of the false suspects in this room have collapsed in courtrooms, many fighters have been sent to prison cells for the last 3 years, obliged to serve sentences of up to life in prison after being imprisoned by the Turkish state. Berk Ercan. False testimonies and slander by empowered rufians demonstrate the patience of the repressive methods resorted by the Turkish state in this regard, to overwhelm those who fight against the barbarism and impoverishment imposed by society.

In the meantime, Erdogan has recently stated that he intends to rehabilitate the domestic judiciary through his forthcoming reform plan. Apart from the cynical paradox of the Turkish President's statement above, apparently due to the peculiar centralization of the powers that characterize him, it is a fact that no reform of supposed purification of justice can reverse its class physiognomy. We know and see with our own eyes that civil justice works on behalf of bosses, shielding their power and privileges, while attacking the poor and those struggling for a life worth living, those who they are fighting for the overthrow of capitalism.

Mustafa Kocak therefore went on a hunger strike on 3/7/2019, demanding a fair trial of his case. He is now in jail, although he was arrested without any evidence to the detriment. The guards tortured him for 12 days in prison, forcing him to betray his comrades. But he did not succumb to the torture he suffered, nor to the blackmail and threats against members of the immediate family circle. As a movement of solidarity and solidarity in his struggle, his parents and hunger strikers have begun.

No fighter alone in the hands of state repression

Following a failed coup attempt in July 2016, emergency measures in Turkey have been stepped up, while Erdogan, after the fraudulent referendum held in April 2017, has gained - and with the seal now - all powers. in his hands. More than 500,000 people have been arrested since July 2016, and more than 140,000 civil servants have been fired or made available through legislative acts because they are accused of being Gulenists or dissidents in general. At the same time communists and anarchist fighters, members and members of the pro-Kurdish leftist HDP party, journalists, academics and people in general, lay in what we could formally define as a "progressive space",

The creation and further strengthening of the bonds of class and transnational solidarity, coupled with the simultaneous social and class organization and base counterattack, are what can free us from the tyranny of state and capital. The proletarians of all countries have nothing to divide between us. We are in the same class camp, despite the dominant narrative that seeks to legitimize and perpetuate the political freedom and economic exploitation of the below for the benefit of the state and capital. Together, then, the oppressed and exploited in any part of the map, we must fight in concert against our common enemies, the state and the capital that oppress us.

We call on the world of our class, the social base, to support local solidarity initiatives and actions organized by Turkish political refugees in Greece. To act locally, thinking internationally.




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