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(en) Turkey, yeryuzu postasi: Campaign from anarchists as we enter the election process: Our problems are not solved at the ballot box (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]
Fri, 3 Feb 2023 10:21:49 +0200
While entering the election process, anarchists from different cities started a
campaign around the slogan "Can't be solved at the ballot box". In the text
shared from its social media accounts, it was emphasized that while the AKP is
doing its best to prevent social reaction with its policies of repression and
violence, the so-called opposition is feeding a climate of fear with the fallacy
of "beneficial to the government". In the text, in which it was stated that the
candidates who entered the elections would ask people to vote with threats, not
with promises, it was said, "Our problems will not be solved by voting for one of
the candidates who are basically no different from each other." ---- "We, as
those who are getting poorer, unable to make a living, unable to shelter, and who
feel the consequences of the climate crisis, wars and other problems created by
capitalism, say that we do not even have a day to waste to form
self-organizations in our workplaces, schools or neighborhoods and start
struggling. " The text called "We have to fight for a free and equal world
against this order and we have no time to lose. We must not allow those who offer
us no choice as an option to feed our despair. Today is the time to stand up to
organize and fight our problems instead of procrastinating." ended with the call.
As anarchists living in different cities, we say; Our problems cannot be solved
at the ballot box, let's create self-organizations wherever we are and increase
Here is the entire text:
Cannot be dissolved in the chest!
Again, we have entered a period where everyone is waiting for the elections and
all calculations are made according to the result of the ballot box. Negotiations
are over, alliances are formed... A river is flowing and everyone is immersed in
the current. While the AKP, like all previous governments, is doing its best to
prevent social reaction with its policies of repression and violence, the
so-called opposition is feeding a climate of fear with the nonsense that "it
benefits the government". With this discourse, which only hinders the struggle of
women, LGBTI+s, Kurds and workers, they tell us the tale that all our problems
will be solved at the ballot box. The vast majority are reluctantly dragged
behind this tale. However, we know that the solution to our problems will not
come out of the ballot box. That's why we invite you to row against the current.
It's not a choice it's a threat
As in every election period, we will hear many promises these days. The words we
know will be heard on billboards, on television and on the radio every day.
However, they will ask people to vote with threats, not with promises.
While the AKP is trying to maintain its power with the climate of fear it has
created, the opposition will tell millions of people who want to get rid of the
AKP that they have no choice but to vote for the alliance made up of former power
veterans and registered fascists.
On the other hand, although the sovereigns show every time that they will not
allow internal opposition by appointing trustees to municipalities and arresting
politicians, some actors of the social opposition still point to parliamentary
politics for the solution of problems, creating an illusion that people can solve
their problems in this way, and reducing the direct organization of the society
and its direct participation in politics. It brings the chest, which is the
mechanism, to the fore more and more.
Each of them will impose the lie that there is nothing they can do but to go to
the polls and vote for one of the options presented to them, who are driven to
despair by the increasing pressure and violence.
However, there is no choice. This is a threat. Our problems will not be solved by
voting for one of the candidates who are basically no different from each other,
the problems of livelihood, housing problems, work murders, male violence,
femicides, climate crisis, hatred against LGBTI+s, cruelty towards animals, wars,
occupation policies, incited by hostility to immigrants. Racism and oppressive
government policies will not end no matter who wins the election.
No Hope From This Order
We know that these problems are inherent in this order and will continue to exist
as long as this order exists. Capitalism has always meant crisis for us. This
order, built on exploitation, has always meant for workers to die in work-related
murders, to barely make ends meet, and to live in fear of being unemployed and
starving. In the patriarchal order, which means the exploitation of women's labor
and body, women have always been killed by men, subjected to violence, sexual
assault and abuse. Discrimination, hatred and violence against LGBTI+s have
always been provoked by the state itself. The state's monist policies and attacks
based on denial towards oppressed peoples remained the same even though the
governments changed. States have not stopped anywhere and at any time to shelve
the so-called democratic principles and increase violence and oppression in order
to maintain order.
The increasing authoritarianism of the current government and the climate of fear
it creates is not a deviation from this order, but a part of it. Those who come
across as an alternative to power today do not hesitate to serve this order even
when they are in opposition. What happens when those who support the government's
war policies, especially the attacks against Rojava, those who support the
anti-refugee policies, those who compete with the government to undermine the
struggle of women and LGBTI+s, those who continue the rent projects they have
taken over in the municipalities they own, and those who try to break the strikes
of the workers when they come to power? It's not hard to predict what they can do.
So What Do We Recommend?
We know that in these circumstances, people will feel helplessly compelled to
take sides in the fight between the ruling cliques, each worse than the other. On
the other hand, we know very well that nothing can change within the wheels of
this order. In this completely rotten order, we do not trust any of the political
parties that come up with various promises.
parliamentarism; We see this system, which is based on the exploitation and
domination of us by the ruling classes, as a mask used to hide its true face and
as a game that divides us according to the interests of the sovereigns.
We know that both the simplest improvements and radical social transformations in
our daily lives are possible with people's organization and struggle. If we are
going to change something again today, it will be by organizing and struggling.
As those who are getting poorer every day, unable to make a living, unable to
shelter, and feel the consequences of the climate crisis, wars and other problems
created by capitalism, we say that we do not even have a day to waste to form
self-organizations in our workplaces, schools or neighborhoods and start struggling.
This order will not disappear in an instant, but with our struggles for our daily
problems and when we form social organizations based on mutual aid and direct
democracy in all areas of life.
We have to fight for a free and equal world against this order and we have no
time to lose. We must not allow those who offer us no choice as an option to feed
our despair. Today is the time to stand up to organize and fight our problems
instead of procrastinating.
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