Organised by Unity of Democratic Forces – Meet at BBC for rally and March to Downing Street 15th January at 2pm.
Unite Against Fascism In Turkey!
Erdogan and Justice and Development Party (AKP) government have launched an aggressive assault against the Kurds, democrats and revolutionaries by declaring a state of emergency following the failed coup attempt.
The state has arrested dozens of Kurdish MP’s including Co-leaders Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas, closed down media outlets (TV channels, radio stations, newspapers), political organisations, arrested progressive journalists,sacked academics, lawyers and many more.
Recently government officials announced that the State of Emergency will be extended until April 2017.The progressive Kurdish and Turkish forces living in UK have organised a national demo against the Turkish state’s assault on Kurds, Democrats and Revolutionaries and calls for your support and solidarity.
Date: 15 January 2017
Time and Venue: 2pm starting from BBC headquarters on Portland Place, nearest station is Oxford Circus.
Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester, West Sussex, died on 21 December during an offensive by anti-Islamic State forces to recapture the city of Raqqa, the extremist group’s de facto capital.
Lock’s father, Jon, said in a statement: “Ryan was a very caring and loving boy who would do any thing to help anyone. He had a heart of gold. We ask for privacy to allow our family to grieve.
”Ryan Lock, from Chichester, who has been killed in northern Syria. Photograph: family handout
Lock, who had no previous military experience and had worked as a chef before travelling and training in Syria, was one of many foreign volunteers who have joined the People’s Defence Units (YPG), the Kurdish military force fighting in northern Syria.
Canadian Man Killed Fighting Daesh Alongside Syrian Kurds in Raqqa
One of the most controversial dams in history has been inaugurated. The Gibe III dam has put an end to the natural flooding of Ethiopia’s Omo River, on which 100,000 indigenous people depend and a further 100,000 rely indirectly.
Greedy western powers, led by the USA, took advantage of the ‘Arab Spring’ to try and seize Libya’s oil and assets and cynically bombed the benevolent dictator Gaddafi out of power as a ‘humanitarian intervention’ in the name of ‘Parliamentary Democracy’ (which has never worked in a tribal moslem society). 5 years later the horror and suffering goes on and on, amid a search for a new dictator able to channel Libya-s wealth to western corporations.
The wave of repression unleashed by the Turkish state against the left and the Kurdish freedom movement that has seen tens of thousands fired from their jobs and thousands jailed, including many HDP MPs,has also hit the anarchist movement there. We heard last night that Hüseyin Civan has been sentenced to 15 months for editing the anarchist paper Meydan Gazetesi.
They have reported the sentencing as below;
Turkey: Editor of Meydan Gazetesi anarchist newspaper Hüseyin Civan sentenced to 1 year, 3 months imprisonment
“An investigation was started by Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s office about our newspaper related to articles “Both Arrival and Departure of State is From Fear”, “Banned Until Further Order”, and “Recreating Life” in issue 30 of our newspaper published on December 2015 with the caption “Banning Everything”. The lawsuit following the investigation ended after almost a year of trials. Continue reading Editor of anarchist paper in Turkey jailed for 15 months→
Franco’s 40 year long catholic fascist regime buried at least 150,000 victims in over 2000 unmarked mass graves. Up to 80 years later over 1700 remain unexcavated with their families awaiting closure..
President Erdogan can at least claim credit for bringing back the terms PURGES and POGROMS into daily use.
Purges because he has fired, exiled, murdered, imprisoned or tortured literally hundreds of thousands of his own citizens with little evidence beyond his own stalinist paranoia… see Erdogan vows to punish thought crimes.