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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - policy, Exposing executioners is not a crime (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:10:04 +0300
Tad and Tro are two students of Armenian origin prosecuted by the French courts for "
voluntary violence with premeditation or ambush ". One for throwing pomegranate juice on
the Turkish ambassador in France in March 2015, the other for having filmed the scene.
Their spectacular action was aimed at denouncing the Turkish state's denial of the
Armenian genocide, as well as the massive violations of human rights by Ankara. They need
our support. ---- 102 years ago, Turkey was guilty of the genocide of the Armenians. These
crimes have so far remained unpunished. Today, two French activists of Armenian descent
claiming justice, are prosecuted by the French justice. ---- What have they done to
deserve this ? ---- The facts of which they are accused are, for one, of having thrown
red-colored water on the ambassador of Turkey in March 2015 and, on the other, of having
broadcast the scene on social networks . After forty-eight hours of police custody, these
activists will be tried on October 17, 2017 for " voluntary violence with premeditation
or ambush ".
If the " violence " represented by this jet of water is only symbolic, the violence of
the Turkish State is quite real. In 1915, the Turkish state planned and implemented the
extermination of 1.5 million people, one third of the Armenian population living on its
territory. The genocide of the Armenians was accompanied by a policy of dispossession of
the property of the victims, followed by the destruction of the places of collective life,
heritage and culture of Armenians in Turkey. These crimes have remained until today
Read: "Armenia 1915: Nationalism as a Fact of a Deadly Identity", Alternative Libertarian,
The "new sultan" Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the bard of an Islamist, imperialist and
persecuting minority state.
We say it today: violence is on the side of the Turkish state.
Yet it is the activists of the Armenian cause who are being prosecuted in France, although
the Turkish state, which sponsored the killings of three Kurdish militants, Sakine Cansiz,
Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez in Paris in 2013, Never been worried. This while the French
Republic continues to maintain strong trade and diplomatic ties with Turkey, without ever
questioning the latter's responsibility in the genocide of the Armenians of 1915 or in its
current criminal policy.
Instead of pursuing activists of the Armenian cause on its soil, France must stop
encouraging the intolerable actions of this criminal state.
A symbolic and necessary gesture
The symbolic gesture of these two students took place in a French university, a place that
can not leave room for the falsifiers of History. This denunciatory approach must break
the wall of silence imposed on the citizens of Turkey and the Armenians of the world.
Indeed, the negationism of the Turkish state is manifest only where the Armenians are, as
if the executioner of a century ago wanted to finish his work by nullifying or
discrediting the voice carried by those who struggle For the truth.
This gesture is a warning signal denouncing the waves of fierce repression affecting all
circles of Turkish society. Students, trade unionists, journalists, lawyers, academics,
humanists and opponents of the regime, and all those who hold the hope of a democratic and
fairer society are now more than ever the targets of the Turkish state.
This gesture reflects the exasperation of a generation in the face of the systematic
refusal of the Turkish state to confront its history and to repair the crimes it has
committed and perpetuated. Indeed, it is carrying out a policy of apartheid against the
Armenian, Kurdish and Alevisian populations.
On March 2, 2015, the Ambassador of Turkey to France was sprayed with pomegranate juice at
a conference on secularism at the Paris-Descartes University.
Cc Hurriyet Daily News
Impunity is mother of crime and new impunity
The city of Diyarbakir has been in a state of siege for more than a year, surrounded by
armored vehicles and the destruction of its historic center, and a large part of the city,
By the Turkish armed forces shall be accompanied by the execution of any person on their
way without distinction. People are caught in the trap of a conflict whose sole initiator
is President Erdogan. As impunity is the mother of crime and new impunity, that of the
Turkish state for its past crimes encourages its present abuses.
In Turkey, today more than 200 writers are in prison and hundreds of students have
suffered the same fate ; We do not forget them. Hrant Dink, a Turkish journalist of
Armenian descent, was murdered 10 years ago, a victim of Turkish nationalism, for having
campaigned for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
Selahattin Demirtas, co-president of the People's Democratic Party (HDP), the third party
in the Turkish National Assembly, has been held in pre-trial detention since November,
representing the voice of the only counter-power with the ability to oppose the President
Erdogan and the threat he poses to the rights of peoples living in Turkey.
Ayse Acinikli and Ramazan Demir, lawyers and defenders of the freedoms, were imprisoned
for practicing their profession, which earned them the qualification of " terrorist ".
Like other magistrates, lawyers, trade unionists, journalists, academicians from Turkey,
victims of an instrumentalization of the justice of their country, they are still pursued
today. Garo Paylan MPP of the HDP, was excluded from Parliament for " daring " to
pronounce the word " genocide " concerning the Armenians.
Read: "Armenian Genocide: A Century of State Negationism", Alternative Libertarian, May 2015.
While these two activists will be tried for defending a just cause, before a man whose
function led him to deny a mass crime committed against the Armenians, and to reaffirm
their solidarity with those fighting for their rights in Turkey, More than ever necessary
to recall that we must not yield to the intimidation of States and that only resistance to
repression will make our strength.
Let us make this trial, the symbol of the struggle of two Frenchmen of Armenian descent,
descendants of the victims of the genocide and who today demand justice in front of a
negationist state. Let us hope that October 17, 2017 is a strong date in the Armenian
cause as well as in that of all oppressed peoples.
For this reason let us be numerous and numerous
on October 17, 2017 at 1 pm,
at the Tribunal of Nanterre
to support them during their trial !
The signatories: Karnig Asfahani, human rights activist in Lebanon ; Maxime Azadi,
journalist Firat News Agency ; Éric Bakerdjian President of the LDH Paris 9 e ; Nacira
Guénif, sociologist, University Paris 8 ; Ayse Gunaysu, human rights activist in Turkey,
former President of the HDI Turkey ; Apo Jabarian, editor and editor of USA Armenian Life
; Bernard Jouanneau, Attorney ; Hayk Konjoryan, political journalist and activist in
Armenia ; Vilma Kouyoumdjian, journalist ; Varteni Mosditchian, artist / painter ; Dogan
Özguden, journalist and founder Info Türk ; Serge Tavitian, lawyer ; Arsène Tchakarian,
former resident of the Manouchian group ; Hilda Tchoboian, President of the Covcas
Center; Pierre Tevanian, teacher, author, co-host of the collective Les mots sont
important ; Sylvie Tissot, sociologist, co-host of the collective Les mots sont important
; Mathieu Zeitindjioglou, director and filmmaker.
Supporters: Acting for equality-SOS racism Rhône ; Libertarian alternative ; Kurdish
friendships of Lyon and Rhône-Alpes ; Association DiasporArt ; Association of Human Rights
of La Sorbonne ; ATIK - YDG France -New democratic youth ; Charjoum- movement ;
CGT-Prestige and Economy Hotels (CGT-HPE) ; Pinar Selek Lyon support group ; Collective
support for Armenian militants tried in Paris ; Collective Words are important ; French
Support Committee to Nor Zartonk ; Commission against Racism and Discrimination of the
Institute of Human Rights in Turkey ; COPEA ; Da - connection ; Together ! ; Federation
Student Solidarity, struggle unions; Jews and revolutionary Jews ; NPA Paris-VIII ; Nor
Zartonk / Europe ; Armenian Renaissance Paris ; Student Solidarity Paris-VIII ; Union of
Communist Students Paris VIII ; Union of Kurdish Students of France, UEKF ; Unión Juventud
Armenia of Sudamerica (AYF South America) ; Local union CGT of Paris 8 th arrondissement.
UEKF; Unión Juventud Armenia of Sudamerica (AYF South America); Local union CGT of Paris 8
th arrondissement. UEKF; Unión Juventud Armenia of Sudamerica (AYF South America); Local
union CGT of Paris 8 th arrondissement.
Gathering on the day of the trial, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 1 pm, before the Nanterre
Criminal Court (179-191, Joliot-Curie Avenue, 92020 Nanterre, RER Nanterre Prefecture.
Provide financial assistance to meet the costs of the trial.
Access the Facebook page of the support committee
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