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(en) Czech, AFED: When Turkey is at war -- Interview with Devrimci Anarsist Faaliyet on Invasion of Rojava and Response of People in Turkey [machine translation]

Date Sat, 25 Jan 2020 10:55:44 +0200

What is the situation in Turkish cities, especially in Istanbul and Ankara after the attack on Rojava? Is everything running normally or do people live in the shadow of war? ---- We are still overwhelmed by a huge amount of nationalist propaganda. The war the state has embarked on is a useful instrument of government. They reshaped the political structure of the state of their own accord simply by saying we were at war. As you mentioned, everything is happening in the shadow of war. The shadow is a threat to ordinary people, and those who hold political, economic and social power use it to maintain their position. ---- What was the reaction of people? ---- It is hard to say that there is a reaction. A state leader forbids its war policy in all directions from protesting, demonstrating, criticizing, or even talking about war in the wrong light. If something comes up (even a comment in social media), it is a good opportunity for the government to imprison critically-minded people. Many people went to prison just because they criticized the war in Rojava.

But not many people basically accept this nationalist propaganda. Parties that looked like opposition are now proceeding together with the government's AKP. As for the Kurdish issue, liberals, Kemalists and some socialists are on the same fascist line with the AKP.

Do you have the opportunity to live as usual? If not, how has your life changed?

As anarchists or libertarians, we must say that things are not going well. As I mentioned, they have changed the state structure and laws. And so any law can be changed according to the wishes of the "president". The armed forces of the state act confidently. You are becoming an open target not only of the state but also of civilian fascists. If you write something about these things in the paper, it's easy to send you to jail.

When the state begins a war, the war also begins within the country. Big operations against people with a revolutionary mindset, ban on newspaper publishing and radio and television stations... Even when you are walking down the street, the police can, for no apparent reason, detain you as she pleases.

Is there any resistance to the war in Rojava, some protests and demonstrations? Did any people show solidarity with Rojava?

It is not only the war in Rojava, since 2015 the social opposition can do almost nothing because of the "emergency state". They have said they have put an end to the 'emergency', but it is not. Moreover, some parts of the opposition have Kemalist attitudes to the "Kurdish question".

You may know that there is a campaign to boycott Turkish products, the media and tourism. Have you noticed any implications of this campaign for ordinary people in Turkey?

It is not easy to learn or realize such campaigns because the media is dominated by government policy and does not allow the dissemination of such information. But if you focus on alternative media, it's the only way to learn about it. Thanks to friends from the KAF (Kurdish-speaking Anarchist Forum) who informed us, we learned about it and tried to keep people informed about the campaign.

At the moment, the economy is not looking good because of economic programs, political developments and poor government decisions. It is possible that these campaigns have an impact on the economy, but it might need to be analyzed. So the economy is bad for everyone for a while (of course, we're not talking about rich elites), that's the only thing that everyone agrees on. Although the state ignores this fact.

What is the situation in prisons? Were any friends from your organization or other anarchist groups attacked, arrested by the state as it was in the past?

As I said in one of the previous 'emergency' answers, the conditions of political prisoners have not improved since 2015. They are in an "emergency state of emergency state". Prison administration has the right to act at its own discretion. And sometimes they even think like this against basic human rights. Thanks to a friend in jail, we have information "from inside"... They put 10 to 15 people in cells for 3 to 4 people. The terms here are beyond ethics or law. They do not allow political prisoners to even meet with lawyers, which is a violation of their human rights.

Fortunately, we are usually punished by fines and conditional sentences. But we live in a country where anything can be a good pretext to send you to jail.

Has the anarchist movement become a mass or social movement? Is he involved in everyday folk struggles?

The anarchist movement has a short history in Turkey. In the late 1980s, the modern anarchist movement emerged. Until 2000, the movement was not intended to socialize in any way; it was considered rather an intellectual endeavor. Today, the movement becomes a social movement. Anarchism is now more organized and social. From the national liberation movement to ecology, from the workers' struggles to the struggle for the liberation of women ... there are anarchists everywhere.

In what areas are anarchist groups active? For example: culture in general (theater, literature, art, music), social movements, anti-militarism, children's rights, education and training, trade and cooperatives?

In fact, we strive for experience in all areas. Now as part of Revolutionary Anarchist Action; we have 10 years of collective economic experience with the 26A Cafe project. We extend it further: we hold 26A seminars (with lectures from anarchism to geography or archeology) for four years. We have been participating in the Young Workers Association initiative for four years to organize young workers in different sectors. For more than a decade, our friends have been organizing in the Anarchist Women group to fight the Patriarchate. We have a ten-year activity called High School Anarchist Action. For six years, as anarchist youth, young anarchists have been organizing themselves at universities to fight fascists. Meydan NewspaperIt has already 51 editions and is on 52nd issue, the longest-running anarchist periodical in this geographical area. And for over a decade, we have been involved in the anti-militarist movement within the Consciensious Objection Association, which is the anarchist solution to the Kurdistan war.

Devrimci Anarsist Faaliyet (Revolutionary Anarchist Action) - https://anarsistfaaliyet.org

Published on January 12, 2020 on the Kurdish Speaking Anarchist Forum ( anarkistan.com )


Related links:
https://www.afed.cz/text/6785/staty- cannot-win-in-war-against-people
https://www.afed.cz/text/3595/nas-zal-je- seme-naseho-hnevu

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