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(en) 'Militourism Festival' has been held! (tr)

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 18 May 2004 13:37:46 +0200 (CEST)

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'Militourism Festival' has been held! 17-05-2004
This year on '15th of May International Day of
Conscientious Objectors' an initial thing has
been done. Antimilitarists organized a 'tourist'
trip to some of the well-known militarist symbols
in Istanbul, tried to introduce historical and
political features of these symbols to
approximately 120 people traveling in 3 buses
including those from the press and foreign guests.
Meeting at 10 o'clock, at 11, participants sat on
the stairs of Haydar Pasa Train Station which was
the first stop and listened one of the organizators'
Mehmet Tarhan's talk on historical feature of the
station and later about the importance of it in the
meaning of seeing soldiers off to the army.
Afterwards they have watched a street theatre which
was performed by Antimilitarists from Izmir on the
theme of not joining the army. Before moving back
to the buses, one of those who were to declare his
conscientious objection, Ersan was thrown up as it
is done in seeing soldiers off to the army and
people shouted as "the greatest objector,
our objector".
>From here, getting back on the buses, under the
"wide support" of cops, the convoy moved to Gata
Military Hospital. However, in a junction, it was
seen that a traffic vehicle that we were forced to
follow wanted to channel us to another direction.
In the junction we have blocked all the traffic and
told them they don't have any right to do such a
thing and declared that we will go on our way.
As the result of a negotiation with Uskudar District
Police Manager who has come to the bus -as it was
told before by the lawyers that it is forbidden to
make activity in front of military establishments,
for sure we had an alternative against this
situation- we would hardly agree on holding our
activity in a park area between Gata and Selimiye.
After the statement on Gata and Selimiye was read
again by Mehmet, a box of apples including "rottens"
was put there to be picked, this was more useful
for the cops.
Moving from here, the convoy kept on its way, this
time it made its way to Maslak to visit one of the
important capitalists' of the local arm industry
Nurol's Plaza.
Passing by the War Academies with buses, importance
and properties of this symbol for the Militarist
Deep State was explained by the 'guides' to those
traveling in the buses. For sure, among the other
things, exercise of learning music pieces that were
to be sang together during the 'belly-dance' in
Besiktas has been made with amusement in the buses.
After a declaration was read, participants who
has gathered in front of Nurol Plaza got on the
buses again and moved towards Besiktas.
Passing by General Directorate of Oyak and a petrol
station owned by the Mehmetcik Foundation with buses,
properties of these symbols of militarist structure
were also described by the 'guides' to the
participants. People gathered in the park which is
nearby the Military Marine Museum in Besiktas in
which there is a statue of Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa
the greatest Kaptanı Derya [Navy Commander] of the
Ottomans' and historical cannons. In here the cannons
were both nicely "decorated" and exhibited, an
article stating the importance of this panorama we
are forced to live in every moment was read by
Mehmet again. Later, singing some the well-known
cheerful soldier folk songs like "kız ben sene
demedim mi" people did belly-dance.
Participants get really enjoyed it while they were
posing for a photo of "Memory of Militourism" by
putting their heads in a cardboard on which a
soldier breaking rifle was caricaturized.
>From here, getting back on to the buses the group
went to a park field in Tepebasi. In the park field
after the declaration that was read by Mehmet,
5 man and 5 woman new conscientious objectors
took the word. After objection declarations of Savas
from Canada and Mustafa from Germany - that of which
they have sent to www.savaskarsitlari.org - was read,
with the participation of the objectors toy rifles
were broken. In the evening meeting at 18.30,
participants exhibited Conscientious Objectors
with a cocktail in Doga Cafe.

[ From the website of Savaskarsitlari (Warresisters) :
SayfaNo=1 ]

[This activity was organized by anti-militarist,
anti-authoritarian and anarchist groups and
individuals from Istanbul, Ankara & Izmir.]
[translation - b.ö./ainfos]

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