The New Worker

The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain

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Turkey On Fire

TURKEY ON FIRE

A HANDFUL OF TYRANTS ARE GUILTY TOWARDS OUR PEOPLE AND THE WORLD.
LET'S STOP THEM!

The world public opinion should know that the violations of human rights and the laws in Turkey are much more widespread as they appear to be. Now, after the recent events have reached this point, it would be a grave mistake to view the human rights violations and crimes as the acts of just a few criminals because the Turkish state is organised crime itself. What crashed into the lorry in Susurluk, was a criminal organisation. But the horrible facts, becoming public because of this accident, are a mere top of the iceberg... In other words: just a part of the darkness became visible. It shows the part of internal retaliation within the oligarchy which rules the land. But behind this is a sheer never ending darkness which still has to be revealed. Behind this is the darkness, created by the war against the people. Those who watch the evidence, confessions and witness accounts which came forward till now, will see that those who wage a cruel war against the people are the same who simultaneously carry out terror operations abroad, ordered by the state, and deal in drugs. Nowadays members of this gang, the prime-minister, the minister of Foreign Affairs, the minister of Home Affairs, the minister of Justice etc., are on a diplomatic mission in the European Parliament and the European Council.

SINCE 1980, TURKISH FASCISM HAS BEEN EXPORTING TERROR

A single name, Abdullah Catli, is sufficient to show who the activities of the contra-guerrilla were spread to foreign countries. Abdullah Catli is a fascist, wanted for the murder of 7 members of the Turkish Workers Party (TIP) and other terrorist acts, among them the assault against the pope, and officially on the run since 1977. Catli was in prison in France and Switzerland for his proven involvement in drug trafficking. Mehmet Eygur, deputy-chief of the secret service department of the MIT, and chief of the Anti-Terror Department of that same organisation, said about Catli, who was in the unlucky Mercedes together with DYP-delegate and Kurdish clan leader Sedat Bucak and the chief of police Huseyin Kocadag: "The MIT used Catli abroad since 1983. From 1994, he was run by the General Police Directorate." Also Korku Eken, a retired lieutenant-colonel, former MIT-agent and counsellor of the former minister of Home Affairs Mehmet Agar, confirms that Catli "was used in operations." He furthermore stated Catli was not only used after the coup of September 1980, but that he had already been used before that period. With this, he hinted at operations abroad, assaults and bomb attacks against Armenian, Kurdish and Turkish revolutionaries who lived abroad. The minister of Foreign Affairs and vice-prime minister Tansu Ciller, during a statement in parliament about this murderer who got killed in the accident: "These people who shoot and get shot for the Fatherland, are honourable people." It is known that Catli was member of the group which was sent to Azerbaidchan to carry out a coup against Haydar Aliev. After the putsch attempt failed, the group returned to Turkey. And also the dirty acts by the contra-guerrilla in Cyprus are no longer a secret. Last year, Catli was sent to Cyprus with a group of Turkish fascists to organise provocations and attacks at the border, as people got to know them from the media. Besides these armed attacks, also party buildings and houses were bombed, and Kutlu Adali, a journalist of the paper Yeni Duzen (New Order) who wrote critically about the para-military gangs, was murdered. The public learnt that Catli was the one who organised all these events. It became public also that Catli frequently travelled to Cyprus, using a false passport on the name of Mehmet Ozbay, and that his hotel expenses were paid by OYAK, the military-owned conglomerate. Catli was paid 65 billion TL (approx. $600.000) by Tansu Ciller for his activities in Cyprus. As documents revealed, Catli travelled to Cyprus together with the "King of the Casino's" and Mafia-boss Omer Liftu Topal and both spent their time the same hotel. Later, Omer Luftu Topal was killed by Catli and members of the Special Units because of a "difference of opinion" with the contra-guerrilla on orders of Mehmet Agar and Ibrahim Sahin, deputy-chief of the Special Units. It's obvious that these forces only constitute a small part of the criminal network. Abroad, especially in Europe, sabotage, provocations, assaults and attacks against Turkish and Kurdish opposition members are acts which are committed by para-military organisations, of which the Grey Wolves are well-known, covered by diplomacy and economical relations.

THE MAFIA STATE CONTROLS THE DRUG TRADE

Those who really want to act against the drug trade have to fight it. The drug trade in Turkey is organised by the Turkish contra-guerrilla. Mrs. Dilek Ornek, arrested with a suitcase full of money when she entered Turkey, stated she acted on orders of Ayhan Akca, the body-guard of the deputy-chief of the Special Units, Ibrahim Sahin. And the boss of Ibrahim Sahin is Mehmet Agar. Mehmet Agar and Sedat Bucak are part of the same gang. The city of Lice is the centre of the heroin trade in Turkey. Sedat Bucak, whose base of support is Lice, is the number One of the drug market with his army of 10.000 armed village guards. According to the former department chief of the Special Operation Units, Korkot Eken, the drug trade in Turkey annually amounts to $25 billion. Without doubt, this drug market extends to Ciller, also mentioned in connection with the gang chiefs, the generals, who share the war loot among each other, and the other police chiefs. It is no coincidence that the names of policemen and military officers make the headlines in this war about the loot. For example, it became known that the chief of the Yuksekova Gang, which controls the drug trade, kidnappings and murders on contract in the region of Hakkari, is the Gendarmerie commander of Hakkari. These regional gangs constitute the lower level of the gang hierarchy. Because of their internal confrontations, they became known to the public as the Soylemezler Gang, the Kocaeli Gang, the Ankara Gang, the Adana Gang, the Izmir Gang and the Balikesir Gang.

THE TIES GO UP TO THE PRIME MINISTER, THE MINISTERS, THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL (MGK), THE PRESIDENT AND THE GENERALS

Mehmet Agar, whose name is mentioned in connection with all murder cases, drug deals and other kinds of dirty business, chooses the attack as a way of defence: "All these things make me untouchable", and he threats his rivals: "We will have to sit together to talk about it, because we all know what has happened in the past..." The minister of Foreign Affairs and vice-prime minister Tansu Ciller visited the School of the Special Operation Units, the hitting forces of the contra-guerrilla, as an act of demonstration. These units have, according to Mehmet Agar himself, carried out "thousands of operations", that is to say: sabotage, torture, bombardments of villages and murders. Tansu Ciller's words to these units, in presence of the press: "You do not receive your orders form those who attack you, you receive them from the state. This country is in your hands. The nation is very proud of you. (...) I respect your work. Keep your heads up high. All those who are against you will have to fight hard, we can not allow them to win. I will always be behind you." The Special Units of the contra-guerrilla can rest assured that the whole state apparatus and all their rivals are in the same quagmire. The same kind of crimes. and the same kind of filth, already existed during the times of the governments of Mesut Yilmaz, Deniz Baykal and Bulent Ecevit. The junta chief of the September coup in 1980, Kenan Evren covered the filthy affairs of the state and he emphatically rejected the disclosure of the latest events. But the revelations, beginning with Susurluk, continue. Even summit meetings or meetings of the National Security Council will not change this, even if they wanted to. While the circles of those who are involved become larger and larger, the balance of the crimes and the murders, which makes the state "untouchable", becomes clearer and clearer.

THE DARKNESS OF THE "THOUSAND OPERATIONS"; THE MASSACRES, THE DISAPPEARANCES, THE BURNING DOWN OF VILLAGES, AND THE MURDERS BY UNKNOWN PERPETRATORS MUST BE LIFTED

The evidence which became known and the discussions in the media are only covering a small part of these "thousand operations". It is tried to steer attention to the known cases to keep the rest in the dark. Among the gangs who participate in all these crimes, a war is going on to secure and expand territories. The revealed filth stems from these power struggles within the oligarchy. Several circles of big capital, the military, the police, bureaucracy and large landowners are forming an alliance to deal with the complicated circumstances. They try to get rid of their opponents by leaking information and evidence about the deeds of their rivals to the press. But in the end they all still benefit from the war of all forces of the contra-guerrilla against the people. The balance of human rights violations of the first 11 months of 1996 is abundantly clear:

. 2395 people were shot during armed confrontations. . 59 people were executed by unknown perpetrators. . 191 people disappeared while in custody. . According to official figures, 309 people were tortured. The actual number of tortured people is more than 17.600. . 95 bomb attacks, carried out by the state. . 67 villages were forcibly evicted and burned down. . 170 people were arrested because they voiced their opinion. . 12 prisoners lost their lives in the Death Fast. . 5 prisoners set themselves on fire as a protest against the inhuman prison conditions. . As a result of attacks by the police and the Gendarmerie against the prison of Umraniye/Istanbul, 4 prisoners were murdered, and 11 prisoners were murdered in Diyarbakir. Because they were refused medical treatment, K. Kayapinar, U.D. Gonul, M. Kaya and three other prisoners lost their lives in Turkish jails. . 108 buildings of associations and unions were raided by the police. . Journalists were sentenced to 164 years in prison and a fine of 9 billion 401 million TL in total.

WHAT DO WE WANT?

The source of the terror, which the Turkish and Kurdish people are subjected to, is the system of the guilty and the criminals, called the "state". Nowadays more and more concrete evidence is becoming public. One has to monitor the crimes which are coming to light, the violations of international and national law, and the human rights violations. The Turkish oligarchy maintains power with an apparatus that openly breaks its own national law. Against governments which ignore their own laws and refuse to honour human rights, international law and international treaties have to be applied. Otherwise, when the Turkish state is allowed to act in the international arena officially and undisturbed, the balance of the human rights violations in Turkey, and the tendencies of the past years will deteriorate accordingly. The true face of the state, the face of the Mafia, torture, trading drugs and women, the massacres, in short: the contra-guerrilla, became visible for all. Susurluk has shown that the oppressors of our people are the Special Units, the village guards, the traitors and the traitors of the homeland. Everybody can see who governs our people and how they are governed. The Turkish contra-guerrilla state is sinking into the swamp which it has created itself with the war it wages against the people with all its institutions and all it means. In this swamp, human life, future, health and the possessions of those who are at the side of the people, those who love their land, are no longer secure. Our people can no longer sleep quietly in their homes. It has even become impossible to determine whether behind the uniform of a policemen hides a gangster, a drug dealer, a trafficker in women or a certified murderer. The handful of collaborators and exploiters who identify themselves with massacres, torture, immorality, intrigues and extortion, the ruling parties, can not remove the filth of this system. It's obvious that they are the representatives of the Mafia state, the gang state. Now a broad opposition of large segments of the people is rising up. It demands democracy and freedom. We as the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party and Front (DHKP-C) have the same demands. We support them, and we fight for them.

THIS LAND DOES NOT BELONG TO THE GANGS, IT BELONGS TO US!
WE WANT AN INDEPENDENT AND DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY IN WHICH:

we do not have to be afraid to go out on the streets, . we do not have to go through torture, executions, disappearances and murders by unknown perpetrators, . people, looking for their rights, are no longer beaten, arbitrarily arrested, imprisoned and registered, . all people and all nations can live together in fraternity, using its language and culture in freedom, and where they can exercise their religion, . the Kurdish people can exercise its right of self-determination, . there is no state of emergency, no martial law, no village guards and no traitors, . there is no forced migration, there are no burning of villages, no food embargoes, . workers are not sacked and civil servants are not transferred, . there are no large landowners, who keep the peasants as slaves, no master classes and exploiting merchants, . the producers receive a fair reward, . the roofs are not torn away above the heads of the poor inhabitants of the slums, and where the people are not forced to live in slums, . where there is no prostitution, no drugs, . the Mafia can not roam around freely, . nature is not destroyed and where people do not become the victim of "natural disasters", . thoughts are not punished, . democratic associations and parties are not banned, . people are not kept hostage in hospitals, . our pupils are not beaten, . the people receive a scientific training at school, . the national honour is not trampled upon, . the natural resources are not given away to the imperialists, a country which is not ruled by the IMF and the Worldbank!

We demand that all traitors, kidnappers and murderers are held responsible! We demand justice for our poverty and the demolition of our houses! We demand justice for the burned down villages and the people who were forced to move! We demand justice for the blood that has been spilt for decades! We the demand the rights of the nations! We want freedom for all religions! We demand freedom of ideas! We want freedom for the prisoners who fought against oppression and exploitation and were incarcerated for that reason!

WE WANT FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND EQUAL RIGHTS! WE DEMAND INDEPENDENCE AND DEMOCRACY!

WE'LL HAVE TO KNOW THAT NOBODY IS GOING TO GIVE US THESE RIGHTS JUST LIKE THAT, AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THESE GANGS WILL DO ANYTHING TO PREVENT THIS.

Those who have oppressed our people, tortured and massacred them, made them "disappear", who burned down villages and abandoned the people in poverty and diseases,

should be sentenced by a court which is established and confirmed by all patriots, people, institutions and forces which are on the side of the people and this court should be open to all of them.

THE ONES THAT RULE ARE THE ONES THAT GUILTY!
WE WANT THE GUILTY TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!

Revolutionary People's Liberation Front
Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Cephesi
DHKC European Representative