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Statement of the Solidarity Committee with the People of Afghanistan

 

 

Statement of the Solidarity Committee with the People of Afghanistan

 

Support the Popular Mass Movement of Protest in Turkey

 

Towards the end of May 2013, a protest action began by local people and environmentalist activists in Istanbul against the threatened demolition of the Gezi Park. This protest was however met with an unbelievably brutal police attack against peaceful protesters. And this apparently served as the spark that ignited the powder-keg that is Turkey these days.

 

What followed was a groundswell of support for the protesters in tens of cities and towns across the country, involving hundreds of thousands of people denouncing police brutality and state violence under the Erdogan government.

 

The state unleashed a series of measures to crackdown on peoples protest: arrests of dissidents, ban on strikes and other actions by independent workers unions such as DISK and KESK as well as extremely vicious street attacks on civilians, not only bloodying human faces and bludgeoning heads with batons but also liberally utilizing tear-gas and water-cannons, causing people to suffer grievous injury.

 

The backdrop to these events, the tinderbox of indignation, however has been the consequences of Turkeys application of neo-liberal capitalist economic development, characterized by trade liberalism, increasing restrictions on the very limited workers rights and shrinking state welfare for the disadvantaged sections of the society.

 

Alongside these developments there has been growing Islamization of the state and society in Turkey and the trampling underfoot of the Kurdish peoples right to national self-determination. Resentment and anger around these issues too has been simmering for quite sometime now.

 

Outrage and Protest Extends to Different Strata of Society

 

Not only has the police reaction at Gezi Park and Taksim Square enraged environmental activists, it has also inflamed the minds of the youth and women across different social backgrounds and classes, as well as students, labourers, city officials, journalists and the intellectual community. They are united today as rarely seen in Turkey.

 

Repression by Erdogans Islamist AK-Party (Peace and Justice Party), carried out mainly through police terror, is the answer of the state when people want to exercise their rights and freedoms supposedly enshrined in the national constitution.

 

People throughout the world witnessed riot and plain clothed policemen savagely beating up people as though possessed by the demon, pepper-spaying and tear gassing all and sundry as well as baton-charging and directing high-powered water jets into sidewalks as people tried to scramble to safety.

 

And all these in the heart of a darling of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATOَ), the so-called defender of the free-world! Indeed, this free-world country has more journalists locked up in prisons than in most countries of the world.

 

Resistance is Continues

 

Resistance to state violence and repression is still continuing and reaching various parts of the country. Taksim is everywhere! has now become a popular rallying cry among broad sections of the people.

 

People and peoples organizations from Europe and North America to Africa and Asia to Latin America have expressed support and sympathy to the people of Turkey. Such solidarity has come as a breath of fresh air

for all oppressed peoples and nations as for Turkeys citizens.

 

For the people of Afghanistan, the message, Where there is oppression there is resistance rings ever true today.

 

30 June 2013