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(en) Turkey, yeryuzu postasi: No Passing to Racism! (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 19 May 2022 09:27:34 +0300

Joint statement issued by anarchists from Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Mugla against a recent racist campaign against immigrants: ---- The aggressive attitude towards immigrants, which has been going on for years, has turned into a racist campaign that has been increasing in intensity lately. While hate speech is gradually spreading in various media, especially on social media, some circles, encouraged by this atmosphere, openly declare that they are racist and call for pogroms and massacres. ---- Racists, who do not listen to the policies of the states that fuel the wars that are the cause of the refugee influx, are not disturbed by the fact that migrant workers are employed under severe exploitation conditions, the enslavement of women, including children, and their rape, say that they cannot bear the immigrants having fun in urban centers. The "invasion" clamor, fueled by propaganda films that spread hate and calls for pogroms, and claims and images of unknown origin, many of which are openly lies and distortions, is also supported by power partners and so-called opposition parties that compete with each other in immigration and xenophobia. The fueled racist hysteria is preparing the ground for racist attacks similar to, perhaps more severe than, the pogrom attempt that took place in Ankara on August 11, 2021. It is understood that those who fear that the anger of the workers struggling with poverty will be directed to power and other establishment parties that are candidates for power, see hostility to immigrants as a lifeline for themselves.

It is not a coincidence that xenophobia is fueled at a time when an unprecedented wave of strikes has been experienced in the history of Turkey, the power and influence of the women's movement has increased visibly, and the student movement is on a recovery trend. Although we cannot predict exactly what was aimed with this shameful campaign, of which all establishment parties from left to right are partly a part, it should be seen that it will not only affect immigrants. It is inevitable that this racist campaign aimed at dividing the working class will also target Kurds, Alevis, minorities, women and LGBTI+s.

We are aware that the refugee issue is a problem that is getting deeper and fueling racism all over the world. However, we know very well that immigrants fleeing wars, torture, rape or poverty are victims, not responsible, of this problem. The responsible for the problem is capitalism, which constantly produces war, poverty and misery, states that serve the interests of the capitalist class, inhuman border policies and all the powers that imprison immigrants in Turkey with the bribery agreement between the EU and Turkey. Therefore, we see no other solution but to direct our anger in the right direction, to fight for the abolition of capitalism.

We; against the poison of racism and the campaign, the Nazi leftovers, whose supporters are unknown; We declare that we are unconditionally, unconditionally, on the side of the refugees who have been displaced and displaced by capitalism and the powers at its service. We reject any attempt to forcefully deport immigrants, policies supported by "Goebbels tactics" against them. We would like to remind you that everyone who is a part of this campaign and remains silent in the face of this trend will be responsible for possible attacks, pogroms and massacres. What needs to be done urgently today is to build a barricade against this growing delusion, to explain that the real enemy is not immigrants, but capitalists who exploit us, politicians and states working for their interests, and to fight fascism with every possible means.

Solidarity against Fascism!

Immigrants welcome, racists out!

No to the borders that divide us!

A limitless, classless, free world!

Anarchists from Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Mugla

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