Gold hammer and sickle

New Communist Party of Britain

Joint statement of communist and workers' parties - Solidarity with the communists and the working class in Turkey

We, the undersigned communist and workers parties, vehemently condemn the police attacks against the tens of thousands workers demonstrating on the 30th anniversary of the May Day 1977 in Taksim Square in Istanbul.

We express our full solidarity with the communists, the trade unionists, the patriotic and progressive forces and demand the immediate release from custody of all arrested and the punishment of the responsible for the police riots. We support the demand by trade unions and political organizations that ask the resignation of the governor of Istanbul.

Once again the terror deployed in Istanbul demonstrated the hypocrisy governing the European Union, apart of course of the relevance of the NATO “human rights values” governing the allies.

We declare our full support with this “other Turkey”, the Turkey of the struggle for social and democratic rights for the working people, far away from the division between “ secular” and “Islamic” forces both serving the interests of big capital , US and EU.

The aim of the reactionary forces is to destroy the memory of the heroically struggle of the working class of Turkey and the sacrifices of the 36 workers killed on May Day 1977 on Taksim Square.

The brutal attacks against the workers and trade unionists in Turkey are attacks against the working class in all countries.

We appeal to the working people and youth, to the trade union movement, all progressive minded people in our countries to strengthen the protest movement against the brutal attack by the Turkish government and to reinforce the internationalist solidarity with the workers and youth in Turkey.

The Parties

  1. Communist Party of Belarus
  2. Workers’ Party, Belgium
  3. Communist Party of Bulgaria
  4. Party of Bulgarian Communists
  5. New Communist Party of Britain
  6. Socialist Workers’ Party of Croatia
  7. AKEL, Cyprus
  8. Communist Party of Denmark
  9. Communist Party in Denmark
  10. Communist Party of Estonia
  11. Communist Party of finland
  12. Unified Communist Party of Georgia
  13. Communist Party of Greece
  14. Communist Party of Ireland
  15. Party of the Italian Communists
  16. Socialist Party of Latvia
  17. Socialist Party of Lithuania
  18. Communist Party of Luxemburg, KPL
  19. New Communist Party of Netherlands
  20. Communist Party of Norway
  21. Communist Party of Poland
  22. Portuguese Communist Party
  23. Socialist Alliance Party, Romania
  24. Communist Party of the Russian Federation
  25. Communist Workers Party of Russia-Party of Communists of Russia
  26. New Communist Party of Yugoslavia, Serbia
  27. Communist Party of Slovakia
  28. Communist Party of Peoples of Spain
  29. Communist Party of Sweden
  30. Communist Party, Turkey
  31. Communist Party of Ukraine
  32. Union of Communists of Ukraine

9th May 2007