26,000 investigated for insulting Turkish president in 2018

By   TM      A total of 26,115 people were investigated on allegations of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan throughout the year of 2018, indicating a 30 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Birgün daily.

A total of 4,480 of these investigations turned into court cases, and 2,462 of the suspects, including 19 under age, have received various punishments.

On Monday a social media user from Turkey’s Van province was given a 12-year prison sentence for insulting Erdoğan.

Canan Kaftancıoğlu, an official from the main opposition party, was also sentenced to over nine years for allegedly insulting the Turkish president.

Hundreds of people in Turkey, even high school students, face charges of insulting President Erdoğan.

The slightest criticism is considered insult, and there has been a significant rise in the number of cases in which people inform on others claiming that they insulted the president, the government or government officials. Continue reading “26,000 investigated for insulting Turkish president in 2018”

Mass Hunger Strikes end in Victory over Fascist Terror.. 8 dead

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After 200 days of incomparable historical resistance, the hunger strikes in Kurdistan, Turkey and Europe have been declared over today

 We send our warmest revolutionary greetings to all comrades who took part in the hunger strike and the many resistance actions and congratulate the free peoples on this victory.

Ocalan in the past has declared long ceasefires with the Turkish State rejecting terrorism and separatism  in favour of ‘municipal anarchist’ communal ideas and feminist emancipation which have swept through the over 15 million Kurdish population.

On November 8, 2018 the Kurdish politician Leyla Güven had started her hunger strike to lift the total isolation against Abdullah Öcalan, the representative of the Kurdish people and philosophical thought leader of the revolution in Northeast Syria. Continue reading “Mass Hunger Strikes end in Victory over Fascist Terror.. 8 dead”

Police clash with women’s day marchers in Turkey (VIDEO)

Police clash with women’s day marchers in Turkey (VIDEO)

Police clash with women's day marchers in Turkey (VIDEO)
Using rubber bullets and tear gas, Turkish police have dispersed a crowd of several thousand marchers who gathered outside Istanbul’s Taksim Square on International Women’s Day, local media reported, with videos from the scene.

The “Feminist Night March” in Istanbul was one of the many demonstrations held on Friday across Turkey, demanding equality and an end to the historic oppression of women.

Continue reading “Police clash with women’s day marchers in Turkey (VIDEO)”

”Suspicious”Tourists to be Arrested at Turkish Airports. says Minister

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[VIDEO] Turkey’s Interior Minister says tourists to be detained at airports if suspected of ‘terror’ ties

information partly from | Mar 5, 2019 | Today in Crackdown

Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has said during a pre-election speech on Monday that tourists in Turkey resorts towns like Antalya, Mugla and Bodrum would be detained at airports if they are suspected of “terror” ties. (which can mean almost anything or nothing as massive purges continue.

Speaking to a Sakarya crowd, Soylu said it is not acceptable for Turkey to allow those who take part in “betrayal against Turkey” abroad spend their holidays in Turkey.

At least 217,971 people have been taken into police custody on ”terror” accusations in Turkey).

Boycott Turkey .. Boycott Turkish Products  .. Cancel Holidays ..  DON’t support this madness!

Don’t risk going to Turkish airports!. Hundreds of prisoners , journalists and elected deputies are now dying on Hunger Strike against the Fascist Regime with 735 more Kurds arrested.

Turkey is known to every day abuse broadened terrorism laws to jail ”opposition” of all backgrounds in the recent years.

Thousands of people, including mothers with babies, are now jailed and fired from their jobs,  just for being overheard criticizing the president, or retweeting on atrocities against Kurdish or Gulenist victims, or being an activist, or objecting to anti women and gay  repression, or genocidal Turkish invasions in Syria, or just having a friend or partner they suspect.  Hundreds of dissenters have even been kidnapped abroad and returned to Turkish jails.…


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— Turkey Purge (@TurkeyPurge) March 5, 2019

British holidaymaker raped by taxi driver in notorious Turkish …Daily Mirror

How Safe ARE Tourist In Turkey? – The Globe Post

https://www.theglobepost  – 5 Austrians, all believed to be critics of President Erdogan, were deported from Turkey after brief detentions. Ece Heper, a Canadian citizen, was held in prison over allegations of insulting President Erdogan Continue reading “”Suspicious”Tourists to be Arrested at Turkish Airports. says Minister”

UPDATE .Leyla Hospitalised Refusing Treatment/ International Action plea for Hunger Strikers

UPDATE  UPDATE  UPDATE …..Leyla Guven is transferred to hospital, refuses treatment  ANHA
The health situation of parliamentarian Leyla Guven deteriorated and she was transferred to the hospital as she is continuing hunger strike on the 98th day. Leyla Guven refused any medical intervention to treat her.
13 Feb 2019, Wed – 15:45

Right now over 300 people, mostly Kurdish prisoners in Turkey , are on indefinite hunger strike, and many of them are reaching the stage of permanent health damage and death.
They are striking not to protest their obvious innocence or the shocking conditions, but for the right of their leader, Ocalan, to have contact with the outside world.
Ocalan in the past has declared long ceasefires with the Turkish State rejecting terrorism and separatism  in favour of ‘municipal anarchist’ communal ideas and feminist emancipation which have swept through the 15 million Kurdish population.
That seems a strange thing to die for, but Ocalan in the past has declared ceasefires with the Turkish State which have lasted years
see also 300 on Hunger Strike – How Ocalan Transformed the PKK into Anti-Terrorists
So when the hunger strikers demand Ocalan be allowed to speak they are demanding the first step in a new peace process, and the end of the ongoing anti Kurdish pogrom in Turkey and the north of Syria.
But because the PKK is branded as terrorist by the US they get little international support.
Turkey is the real terrorist, with documented massacres or mass killings of Kurds in 1930, 1978, 1987, 2009, 2011, and 2016
The Turkish state has impunity though it is the real terrorist, with documented mass killings of Kurds in 1930, 1978, 1987, 2009, 2011, and 2016……
Letters from Leyla Güven to the women of the world
Dear women,

Even though our geographies are divided by thousands of kilometers, I’m glad you heard my voice. Even though we are from very different corners of the world, as women, we always feel. As Hypatia says, “none of us resemble each other, but the things that unite us are greater than those that separate us.” We are all sisters. What unites us the most is our struggle for freedom, our resistance against all kinds of fascism, against the dictatorship and the patriarchal mentality. Continue reading “UPDATE .Leyla Hospitalised Refusing Treatment/ International Action plea for Hunger Strikers”

Dictator Erdogan decrees $20 billion Tank Factory gift to Cronies

How nice to have total power! Here’s yet another little scandal to add to the 1001-crimes-of-adolf-erdogan. Not this time locking up tens of thousands or  massacring the Kurds, but adding up to a fine sum of $20,000,000,000 nonetheless.

How Erdoğan rushed to gift Turkey’s multibillion dollar tank factory to his cronies and Qatar

by Abdullah Bozkurt  at Nordic Monitor

The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rushed a financial agreement between Turkey and Qatar through Parliament for approval ahead of his decision to turn over a $20 billion tank and pallet factory to a company run jointly by his associates and the Qatari army.
The tank and pallet factory at 1st Main Maintenance Command headquarters in Turkey’s Sakarya province.

The deal, the avoidance of double taxation agreement, came just in the nick of time before the Erdoğan government presented a multibillion-dollar national tank factory on a silver platter to Turkish-Qatari armored vehicle manufacturer BMC, a company run by Ethem Sancak, a member of the MKYK executive body of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The rushed agreement on double taxation between Turkey and Qatar replaced one that had been in effect since 2009.
The taxation agreement was approved in Parliament.
Erdoğan issued an executive decree on Dec. 20, 2018 that turned over the rights to operate Turkey’s national tank factory for a 25-year period to BMC without any competitive bidding or transparent process.

On paper, 49.9 percent of BMC’s shares belong to the Qatari Armed Forces, while Sancak owns 25 percent and the Öztürk family (Ahmet Öztürk, Talip Öztürk and Taha Yasin Öztürk) owns 25.1 percent.

Rumor in Ankara circles has it that Erdoğan is the real owner of BMC and Sancak is merely a caretaker looking after the Turkish president’s business interests. The Öztürk family, known to have mafia links to Galip Öztürk, a convicted murderer and head of an organized crime network, is seen close to the Turkish president.

Continue reading “Dictator Erdogan decrees $20 billion Tank Factory gift to Cronies”

FREE Leyla Güven.. dying on Hunger Strike ..jailed for opposing Afrin Genocide

 

#LeylayaSesOl 69 days now.

Dying Kurdish parliamentarian’s last wishes

By KANI XULAM  

Somewhere in the bowels of a miserable Turkish prison, a duly elected Kurdish member of the Turkish parliament lies dying.

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She has been on a hunger strike for more than two months now in Amed, Kurdistan, Turkey.

Güven was accused of terror activities following her statements and social media posts on Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch” invasion , massacre and ethnic cleansing against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region of northwestern Syria.

Turkey’s southeast governorate bans protests for Kurdish deputy on hunger strike

Leyla Guven may be the next Kurdish martyr joining the ranks of Kemal Pir, Mehmet Hayri Durmuş, Akif Yılmaz and Ali Çiçek who undertook their own death fasts in the same city on Bastille Day in 1982.

Arrested after criticizing Turkey’s military onslaughts against Kurdish militia in Afrin, she began her somber fasting on November 7, 2018, while addressing a Turkish judge from a jail cell via video link.

She declared she was “starting an indefinite hunger strike” to protest the isolation of Abdullah Ocalan, a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Hunger strikes for the end of isolation extend to almost all prisons.

Thousands of prisoners have participated alternately in hunger strikes, while the number of prisoners on indefinite hunger strike (without alternating groups) has reached 156. There are many prisons that can not be contacted for what is estimated that the real number is much higher.
According to an article published by the Mesopotamia Agency, the indefinite non-stop hunger strike launched by 35 prisoners in 9 prisons on December 16 is still underway.
13 more prisoners began an indefinite hunger strike without alternations in 4 prisons on December 17, 5 prisoners from the same prison joined on December 24, 65 prisoners from 15 prisons on December 26, 1 prisoner on December 28 and 23 prisoners from 7 prisons on January 5.
The hunger strike of Leyla Güven has been the trigger for all these protests.

Mr. Ocalan is arbitrarily denied access to his lawyers and loved ones, even though Turkish law guarantees that right to all its prisoners.

No one has heard from him since September 11, 2016. Before that, he was visited regularly by Turkish officials and Kurdish politicians, even hailed as a potential Nelson Mandela of Kurds.

Those days are gone, melted into a hot war between Turks and Kurds.

The fasting Kurdish parliamentarian, Leyla Guven, thinks her death-fast might jumpstart the peace process.


 

Jailed Kurdish opposition politician Leyla Güven has reached a critical condition and has been unable to see her lawyer for four days due to health problems caused by her long-running hunger strike, Turkish news site Diken reported.

Güven, who is both the co-chair of the Democratic Society Congress, an umbrella organisation for Kurdish groups, and a deputy for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), is imprisoned pending trial in Diyarbakır, south-east Turkey after being arrested in January 2018 for criticising Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish militias in northwest Syria.

The Kurdish deputy is one of nine from the HDP who are currently held behind bars in Turkey, including the party’s former co-chair, Selahattin Demirtaş. The party is particularly vulnerable to prosecution due to perceived links tying it to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an outlawed group that has fought Turkish security forces for Kurdish self-rule since the 1980s.


Day 65 of Leyla Güven’s Hunger Strike in Turkish prison. Her health has rapidly deteriorated & is now at life threatening stage. Silence is no longer viable, in fact, it is complicity at this stage. #LeylaGuven<  Morning Star‏@M_Star


It was the Turkish state’s treatment of Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the PKK, that drove Güven to begin a hunger strike last November. Öcalan was captured by Turkey in 1999, and after the breakdown of peace negotiations between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and PKK in 2015, has been subject to severe restrictions on meetings.

Mr. Ocalan is arbitrarily denied access to his lawyers and loved ones, even though Turkish law guarantees that right to all its prisoners.
No one has heard from him since September 11, 2016. Before that, he was visited regularly by Turkish officials and Kurdish politicians, even hailed as a potential Nelson Mandela of Kurds.

While Leyla Guven is slowly losing her eyesight and hearing (due to hunger strike) to give peace a chance, the stomach-churning Turkish prosecutor is accusing her of fomenting “terrorism” in Turkey.

The country’s most recent parliamentary elections were held on June 24, 2018. Two jailbirds, Leyla Guven and Enis Berberoglu, put their names on the ballots.

Both got elected. Turkish law stipulates that elected officials enjoy immunity from prosecution while serving the public good.

Mr. Berberoglu, a Turk, was released. Ms. Guven, a Kurd, was not.
The Kurdish parliamentarian is barely surviving on a daily diet of three tablespoons of sugar, two teaspoons of salt, water and one 500 mg vitamin B1.  She may soon be nothing but a pile of dead bones and dry skin.

HDP politician Leyla Guven began her hunger strike on November 6, 2018. Photo: HDP

The Turkish media treat her as an alien from outer space. The Kurds have written about her case, sparking scores of solidarity fasts in Kurdistan, Turkey, Europe and even Canada

Güven’s health has deteriorated after two months of the hunger fast to the point that she was unable to attend her mother’s funeral last week. The politician has complained of stomach cramps, weakness, low blood pressure and other problems.

Güven won her seat representing the south-east Turkish town of Hakkari in the June 2018 elections. The appointment as deputy conferred on her parliamentary immunity, which should have spared her from serving time in jail. However, prosecutors appealed against the release warrant issued after her victory, and succeeded in having it overturned.

Hunger strikes for the end of isolation extend to almost all prisons.

Thousands of prisoners have participated alternately in hunger strikes, while the number of prisoners on indefinite hunger strike (without alternating groups) has reached 156. There are many prisons that can not be contacted for what is estimated that the real number is much higher.

According to an article published by the Mesopotamia Agency, the indefinite non-stop hunger strike launched by 35 prisoners in 9 prisons on December 16 is still underway. 13 more prisoners began an indefinite hunger strike without alternations in 4 prisons on December 17, 5 prisoners from the same prison joined on December 24, 65 prisoners from 15 prisons on December 26, 1 prisoner on December 28 and 23 prisoners from 7 prisons on January 5. The hunger strike of Leyla Güven has been the trigger for all these protests.

Hunger strikes for the end of isolation extend to almost all prisons.

Thousands of prisoners have participated alternately in hunger strikes, while the number of prisoners on indefinite hunger strike (without alternating groups) has reached 156. There are many prisons that can not be contacted for what is estimated that the real number is much higher.

According to an article published by the Mesopotamia Agency, the indefinite non-stop hunger strike launched by 35 prisoners in 9 prisons on December 16 is still underway.

13 more prisoners began an indefinite hunger strike without alternations in 4 prisons on December 17, 5 prisoners from the same prison joined on December 24, 65 prisoners from 15 prisons on December 26, 1 prisoner on December 28 and 23 prisoners from 7 prisons on January 5.

The hunger strike of Leyla Güven has been the trigger for all these protests.

 

Leyla Güven: 2019 será un año de resistencia y libertad

“A partir de 2019, nuestro objetivo será mayor que nuestras expectativas. Les deseo a todos, especialmente a los revolucionaros un nuevo año, y que no sea un año de hambre, miseria, desempleo, abuso infantil, agresiones a mujeres, arrestos, y muertes”.

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Leyenda Güven, la parlamentaria de Hakkari por el HDP, ha enviado un mensaje de Año Nuevo desde la cárcel de Amed, donde está detenida como presa política.

La parlamentaria del HDP ha estado en huelga de hambre durante 55 días para exigir el fin del régimen de aislamiento impuesto al líder popular kurdo Abdullah Öcalan.

Llamando la atención sobre las presiones sobre los kurdos en 2018, Güven dijo que 2019 será el año de la resistencia.

Al menos 156 presos en huelga de hambre indefinida

Debido a que algunas prisiones han cortado las comunicaciones se estima que el número real de presos en huelga de hambre indefinida y sin grupos alternantes sea mucho mayor.

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Cuando la huelga de hambre comenzada por la copresidenta del DTK y diputada del HDP, Leyla Güven entra en su 61º día, las huelgas de hambre por el fin del aislamiento se extienden a casi todas las prisiones.

Miles de presos han participado de forma alterna en las huelgas de hambre, mientras que el número de presos en huelga de hambre indefinida (sin grupos alternantes) ha alcanzado los 156. Existen muchas prisiones con las que no se puede contactar por lo que se estima que el número real sea mucho más alto.

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Según un artículo publicado por la Agencia de Mesopotamia, la huelga de hambre indefinida sin alternancias lanzada por 35 presos en 9 prisiones el 16 de diciembre sigue en marcha. 13 presos más comenzaron una huelga de hambre indefinida sin alternancias  en 4 prisiones el 17 de diciembre,  5 presos de la misma prisión se unieron el día 24 de diciembre, 65 presos de 15 prisiones el 26 de diciembre, 1 preso el día 28 de diciembre y 23 presos de 7 prisiones el 5 de enero. La huelga de hambre de Leyla Güven ha sido el detonante de todas estas protestas.