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(en) Turkey, KARSLA: Not the Earthquake, the State Killed! (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 22 Mar 2023 07:27:05 +0200

On February 6, a major earthquake occurred in the lands we live in, affecting 11 cities. Not only the cities within the borders of the Turkish Republic, but also many regions of Syria, especially Aleppo, Mare, Idlib and Cinderes, were affected by the earthquake. In the first earthquake and the earthquakes that followed, we witnessed that the state, not the earthquake, dragged people into despair and killed people. ---- After the first moment of the earthquake, the connection between the cities where the earthquake took place and other cities was broken. While millions of people trying to reach their relatives have no real knowledge of the destruction in cities and what is going on; earthquake survivors, on the other hand, were searching for their relatives under the rubble for hours in the cold without any knowledge of the outside, while hundreds of thousands of people were waiting for them to be reached under the rubble. With the news of the earthquake, many unions, parties, organizations gathered solidarity; Volunteers, construction workers, miners began to go to the region. Meanwhile, the question "Where is the State?" was answered within 24 hours. The state was bombing the Tel Rifat region of Rojava, which was affected by the earthquake.

The policy of the state after the earthquake carried the fact that it was a state again. While people were waiting under the rubble for days, there was no trace of the state, its institutions, AFAD, and Kizilay. Against the state officials who appeared on the television screens and said that they are everywhere, people were calling for help by saying that help did not come through social media. The state's response to this was to try to hide their lies by blocking Twitter, which was an important source of communication for people at that time. By declaring a state of emergency in 10 provinces right after, he prepared the ground for his attacks against solidarity.

While trying to build solidarities in a great chaos, the fascist wings of the state started attacks against immigrants and tried to draw attention to the immigrants by drawing attention from the state responsible for this wreckage. While the wounds inflicted on the people were waiting to be healed, actual attacks against other peoples who already had wounds started. While fascist groups attacked immigrants in earthquake areas, the state law enforcement officers tortured immigrants they claimed to be looters and killed many people.

From the first day, the people tried to heal their wounds with their own solidarity. Miners worked to save people from the wreckage at the cost of their lives, while AFAD used the people that miners pulled out from under the rubble to serve its own media after they came out. The people, who were struggling with the economic crisis before the earthquake, mobilized to send supplies to the earthquake area with the last money in their pockets. Days later, the donation show of the bosses was shown on the state media channels. The state, on the other hand, came up with investment supports for the bosses who made a show with the wealth they stole from the public. While people were trying to make their voices heard, the media organs of the system blocked the voice of the people who demanded accountability at every opportunity. While the people living on the street in the cold needed tents, Kizilay sold tents to the public in exchange for the money collected from the people in pursuit of profit. While there were still people under the rubble, they entered the wreckage with construction equipment and killed the living, and did not even allow us to reach our dead. In order for the survivors not to die of hunger and cold, they confiscated some of the solidarity trucks that were intended to be sent, and they let others go by hanging their own posters.

Among all this organized evil, the people's concern was to live and let live. Everyone said that we will keep the people killed and left to die by the state, with solidarity. After the disasters, solidarity coordinations were established in many regions to share the pain experienced by people beyond just physical solidarity. The state, which made its presence felt with its attacks against the people, revolutionaries, immigrants and the oppressed since the beginning of the earthquake, emerged once again by appointing trustees to the solidarity zones established during the first month of the earthquake and trying to evacuate them by force by the soldiers.

We know that the earthquake is a fact of these lands, but this fact that killed tens of thousands of people was not. It is the system that kills people, builds buildings that leave them under the rubble for days, approves the construction of those buildings, and prevents the solidarity that will reach the people who are under the rubble after the buildings are demolished.

Let's list the undeniable facts that were revealed with the earthquake.

As mentioned, the state is not an organization that exists to meet the needs of the people and organize life. All its institutions and organizations are organized to exploit the oppressed and to feed on their labor, existence and life.

To fall on a few contractors, a few bureaucratic persons or institutions; All these murderers who have a share in this massacre, which is tried to be forgotten with the election debates, will sooner or later give an account.

As we have done since the first day of the earthquake, to mobilize all our organizational activities to organize the needs and lives of the people of the region who were affected by the state, not the earthquake; and we will continue to sharpen our anger in order to hold accountable one by one from those who made us experience this massacre.

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