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.

Doctor arrested for allegedly insulting President Erdoğan

By  TM  ..  A medical doctor in Turkey was arrested by a court on Wednesday and sent to pretrial detention on charges of insulting the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Family practitioner Dr. Çiçek Fidanboy appeared before a judge in Hatay province and admitted that the social media posts she was accused of writing were in fact hers.

Dr. Fidanboy will stand trial at a later date.

According to the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) insulting the president carries a sentence of between one and four years.

In 2016, 3,658 people were charged with insulting the president. Continue reading “Doctor arrested for allegedly insulting President Erdoğan”

‘TheFreeOnline’ blog banned in Turkey with Dozens more pro Rojava and anti Fascist sites

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We have received copies from WordPress.com of Court Orders granted to Turkey to order them to  ban this blog thefreeonline in Turkey and for internet users ”originating on Turkey”and also around 50 more blogs for posts against fascism, racism and patriarchy by the ‘elected dictator’ Erdogan and in favour or Democratic Confederalism. ( see list below, includes Latuff Cartoons, Desert Peace, Uprooted Palestinians, etc).Image result for blogs banned in Turkey by wordpress

thefreeonline is a modest blog which promotes a utopian novel called The Free and posts relevant news, etc, in this case about the inspiring bottom up democratic revolution in Rojava, which has been brutally repressed in Turkey itself and now in Afrin with the Turkish invasion.2013121864316309734_20You can’t read thefreeonline anymore in Turkey (except with a Vpn or Tor) , or if you’re a person ”originating in Turkey” (we’re not sure how that works, but the order seems to aim at blogs translating or sharing news from exiled Turkish people and supporters..

The ban includes the suppression of much more frequented sites, see list below, and probably there are many more, and perhaps Google and other blog hosts have followed wordpress’s example of refusing to appeal the banning orders.

WordPress’s statement says  ”we must comply to keep WordPress.com accessible for everyone in Turkey. We will not be challenging this order in court”. In other words Erdogan is blackmailing again, threatening to ban all WordPress.com blogs from Turkey (as they did before) unless those critical of him are suppressed.


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We could fill pages with a list of documented  blackmail scams by Erdogan over the years, one of his most disgusting being extracting billions of euros in EU tax money in exchange for blocking refugee boats. This while exploiting the same  refugees as illegal semi slave labour and recruiting them as jihadi mercenaries to invade and ”ethnically cleanse” (a euphemism for genocide) Rojava and now parts of Northern Iraq. see.. Erdoğan threatens the world with exporting jihadist terrorists ..Image result for turkey latuff erdogan

Below is a list of posts on thefreeonline which were cited by The Turkish prosecutors as evidence that the site should be banned. see  list of more banned sites further below. Continue reading “‘TheFreeOnline’ blog banned in Turkey with Dozens more pro Rojava and anti Fascist sites”

Afrin and Northern Syria: weekly News Update

Weekly Bulletin about Developments in Afrin and Northern Syria (30.03.2018 – 05.04.2018)
By | April 6, 2018 ..  illustrations added

Introduction

With the defeat of the IS in Syria and especially after the liberation of Raqqa in October 2017, the Turkish state intensified its threats and attacks on the Democratic Confederation of Northern Syria. On this background the Turkish occupation war on Afrin started on the 20th January 2018 violating international law and the sovereignty of its neighbour country.

The Turkish army has launched this war in cooperation with jihadist groups of the FSA ranks. Many of them are former Al-Qaida or IS members. Since the beginning of March, all districts and the city centre of Afrin had been under heavy bombardments, shelling and drone surveillance by the Turkish army targeting especially civilians.

#BreakSilenceOnAfrin One of the hundreds of former ISIS fighters who fled to Turkey, recruited as “FSA” and now is attacking Afrin together with turks. This is turkey’s war on Kurds.

On March 18th more than 200,000 people left the town centre and were evacuated in order to avoid a physical genocide. Since then the majority of refugees are staying in the Shehba region without security guarantees or international support.

In this new phase, the confrontation between the international powers and their interests is increasing all over Syria.

Last week’s Developments inside Afrin

After 78 days of resistance against Turkish occupation war, hundreds of thousands of people from Afrin Canton are still displaced and facing difficult conditions. The Turkish army and its jihadist allies are implementing ethnic cleansing, assimilation and colonisation policies, making preparations to add the region Afrin de-facto to Turkey’s state territory.

At the same time thousands of jihadists have been transferred from Goutha to Afrin to create demographic changes and install an Islamic-Turkish order.

The resistance of YPG-YPJ forces in the all districts of Canton Afrin carries on, as well as the resistance of the displaced people from Afrin in Sherawa and Shehba region.

Civilians run for cover from explosions in the city of Afrin in northern Syria on March 18, 2018, after Turkish forces and their rebel allies took control of the Kurdish-majority city.

Turkey has extended it threats now towards Til Rifat/Shehba region, Minbij and Shingal. Moreover, the tension between the two blocks Russia-Turkey-Iran and the US lead International Coalition are growing.

War and Humanitarian Situation

The conditions of Afrin’s people displaced in Shehba region are still very precarious and insecure. However, works to build camps and to organised delivery of supplies and humanitarian aid are organised by the Democratic Self-administrations of Northern Syria and the Kurdish Red Crescent. Continue reading “Afrin and Northern Syria: weekly News Update”

JOURNALIST: I AM FREED BUT THERE ARE 6 CHILDREN IN MY OLD TURKISH PRISON CELL

Journalist Naciye Nur Ener Kılınç, who was released from jail on Tuesday and put under house arrest, said there are six children in the prison cell to which she was confined for 357 days.

“I am free, but there is a 30-day-old infant behind those doors. There are six children in my prison cell. I pray they will be freed soon,” Kılınç said after her release.

see also> Erdogan Jails and Tortures 195,000 People who Might not Like Him.

In the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, more than 17,000 women from all walks of life including teachers, doctors and housewives have been jailed in Turkey on coup charges in government-led operations. There are currently about 700 children accompanying their mothers in Turkish jails.

Corrupt terrorist Erdoğan has systematically been imprisoning and torturing innocent women on false coup charges either when they are pregnant or shortly after giving birth!  Newborns are also imprisoned

The İstanbul 26th High Criminal Court on Tuesday released journalist Kılınç, who was jailed on March 5, 2017 over alleged links to the Gülen movement, on condition of house arrest. Continue reading “JOURNALIST: I AM FREED BUT THERE ARE 6 CHILDREN IN MY OLD TURKISH PRISON CELL”

Forty Women killed in Oct ’17 in Turkey: Anti Femicide Report

At least forty women were killed while thirty-two children were subjected to sexual abuse in October 2017, a report by We Will Stop Femicide Platform says.

Twenty-eight women were killed at their homes, mostly by their male partners or family members. Three women were from Syria and one was German.

Istanbul is leading the gender-related violence tables in all categories while Antalya, Aydın, Adana, Antep, Tekirdag, Manisa and Yozgat follows.

Continue reading “Forty Women killed in Oct ’17 in Turkey: Anti Femicide Report”

Spanish State arrests Writer Akhanli on Request of Genocidal Erdogan

The German government has asked Spain not to extradite the Turkish-German writer Dogan Akhanli, who was arrested on Saturday in Grenada under a search and arrest warrant for his subsequent extradition by Interpol, at the request of Turkey, for “membership of an armed band and terrorist “.Image may contain: text

The Spanish police have yet to reveal any reason for the arrest.

A German citizen, Akhanli is committed to memorializing the genocides of the twentieth century, including the Armenian Genocide, and to promoting cross-cultural dialogue with a view to reconciliation.

Akhanli wrote two novels on the mass killings of Armenians in 1915, ‘The Judges of the last Judgment’ and ‘The Last Dream of the Madonna’.

After the 1980 coup d’etat, Akhanli went into hiding and was a political prisoner in a Turkish military jail between 1985 and 1987. He fled Turkey in 1991 and settled in Germany.Image result for Dogan Akhanli, arrested ERdogan dictator

In August 2010, he returned to Turkey to visit his dying father, but was arrested at the airport and thrown into prison for four months. Thanks to a campaign in his defense, organized by civil rights activists and Turkish and German intellectuals, he managed to leave Turkey and return to Germany  http://panarmenian.net/m/eng/news/245724

”Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is under threat of prosecution for genocide

A prosecutor in Sweden is currently examining whether Erdoğan, as well as Turkey’s prime minister Binali Yildirim, should be charged with various crimes..” Continue reading “Spanish State arrests Writer Akhanli on Request of Genocidal Erdogan”

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