ON 9/26/99 PRISON MASSACRE IN TURKEY - STATEMENT FROM THE MARXIST-LENINIST COMMUNIST PART (MLCP) OF TURKEY

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- Juan

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STATEMENT FROM THE MARXIST-LENINIST COMMUNIST PART (MLCP) OF TURKEY
SEPTEMBER 30TH 1999.

PRISON MASSACRE IN TURKEY

During the early hours of September the 26th, 1999, Turkish gendarme
and the police mounted an armed attack against the revolutionary
captives in Ankara Central Prison (otherwise known as Ulucanlar
Prison), who bravely defended themselves with all the limited means
at their disposal. Eleven inmates were killed and more than forty
injured during the ensuing fight. Some of the attackers were also
wounded. (According to the authorities, five security personnel were
wounded as a result of the gunfire opened from the wards where
revolutionary inmates were confined). The killers tried to justify
themselves on the ground that they were prevented by revolutionary
captives from conducting a general search in the prison and fired
upon. According to them, the police had received intelligence
concerning an escape attempt and as a so-called proof mentioned the
fact that the revolutionary prisoners had not been attending the
regular roll call since September the 2nd. On the part of the
government and the army, this was an extremely foolish pretext to
conceal their aim of premeditated massacre. Anybody would easily
understand that, if the revolutionary captives had had an escape plan
they would not want to draw the attention of the prison
administration and to decline to attend the roll call would be the
last thing they would do. On the other hand, the authorities could
readily avoid a confrontation if they had wanted to, but they
definitely didn’t want to do that. The train of events leading to the
massacre of September the 26th clearly points to the culprits, that
is, the government, the army and the police. First of all, the
earthquake of August the 17th had done much to discredit the image of
the state, which was thrown into utter chaos and proved completely
powerless and disorganized in the face of the disaster and has failed
to meet the most urgent requirements of the people affected. Even
now, about 1.5 months after the disaster, tens of thousands of people
are without sufficient food and shelter, and without proper health
care and sewage disposal. And that despite the great amount of
assistance provided both from inside and outside of Turkey. Secondly,
a couple days before the massacre of September the 26th, seven people
were killed and some wounded when two gangs of criminals brandishing
guns had fought each other inside the Bayrampa a Prison in Istanbul.
This and the following coverage of the event by the media further
discredited the image of the state, which seemed unable to control
the prisons and provide security to even the prison inmates. Those
killed and wounded were members of gangs involved in drug
trafficking, money laundering and extortion, and had also been
collaborating with the Turkish army and the police in their war fight
against Kurdish and Turkish people and revolutionary and anti-fascist
fighters. Turkish bourgeois state, traditionally bent on promoting
its authoritarian image, could not bear this exposure of its real
nature and therefore had to make a show of force and try to restore
its authority in the eyes of the public. And the natural target of
this unholy exercise would be the revolutionary captives, who have
been forced for years on end to defend their most basic rights,
including their right to life. In fact, Prime Minister B. Ecevit
quite frankly announced the intention of the government to exploit
this incident and launch an all-out attack against revolutionary
captives right after the armed clash in Bayrampa Prison. In an effort
to mislead an misinform the public opinion, he told the press that
they would free the prisons from the clutches of terrorists and mafia
gangs.

As a rule, Turkish ruling classes do not primarily aim the physical
destruction of revolutionary captives, although that remains one of
their objectives. Their primary aim is to subordinate them
ideologically, to make them repudiate their political convictions
and? convert them into ordinary and submissive subjects of the
fascist dictatorship. So, long and stubborn hunger strikes of
political prisoners have long become a characteristic feature of
Turkish prisons since the US supported military-fascist coup d’etat
of September the 2th, 1980. Let it be remembered that one of the most
famous and massive instances of these struggles took place in 1996
and lasted 69 days. Twelve revolutionary captives had lost their
lives in this glorious death fast and hunger strike taking place
between May the 20th and July the 28th and which had included more
than 1,500 people in 33 prisons all around the country.

It must also be noted that refusal of members of PKK (Workers Party
of Kurdistan) for some time to participate in resistance actions in
the dungeons of fascist dictatorship, has emboldened the killers and
encouraged them to act with impunity. This attitude of PKK inmates is
a direct result of the general capitulation of Kurdish national
liberation movement in the face of Turkish state, especially after
the capture of its leader Abdullah Ocalan on February the 15th, 1999.

Revolutionary captives all over the country have responded to the
massacre of 26 September by expanding their protest actions against
the massacre. They have put up barricades and seized about 60 prison
guards and two wardens. The relatives and supporters of revolutionary
captives have also been active during the last couple of days and
organized protest actions in front of various prisons and clashed
with the police. Peaceful protest actions have also been carried out
in a series of cities in Germany, France, the United Kingdom,
Switzerland, Austria and Holland.

Prime Minister B. Ecevit had begun his visit to the US on the day of
the latest massacre of Turkish fascism. In a press interview at the
airport before his departure, he repeated his government’s
determination to take control of prisons. During the same interview,
he pledged greater Turkish contribution to the US imperialists in
their efforts to overthrow the fascist Iraqi regime and to further
destabilize the region on behalf of imperialism, in return for which
he openly voiced the expectation of Turkish ruling classes to receive
greater amount of monetary reward. It was fitting for this servant of
imperialism getting ready to spill more blood of Kurdish, Turkish and
Arabic peoples to have gone to his master Mr. Clinton with the fresh
blood of revolutionary captives on his hand. He and his kind,
systematically supported and occasionally praised as a democratic
regime in Washington, Berlin, London, Paris, Brussels etc. however,
won’t get away with their murders and massacres. Neither will their
imperialist masters. Immigrant Workers Federation of Germany 29
September 1999

The list of the massacred revolutionaries in Ankara Central Prison
included Aziz Diner, Ahmet Sallan, Nevzat i, Habib GGl,
Abgzerat, Mahir Emsalsiz, Zafer Krbyk, ?nder Genaslan,
Smet Kavaklolu, Halil TGrker and Fmit Altnta. Here are
some examples of the level of the atrocity perpetrated by the Turkish
fascist regime in prisons. On September the 22nd, 1995, three
revolutionary prisoners (ur Saraslan, Turan K and Yusuf Ba) were
killed and more than 80 of them heavily injured in Buca Prison (zmir)
following an attack on wards Number 6 and 7 by the police and
soldiers. The murderers had attacked the captives brandishing chains,
iron clubs and guns and with the intention to kill. Active resistance
of the political captives prevented a higher death toll. The injured,
as always were refused a proper medical treatment after the incident.
On January the 4th, 1996, prison guards, soldiers and Special Teams
attacked political prisoners in Fimraniye Prison (Istanbul). Three
political captives (Ilmecid Se'kin, Orhan Izen and Iza Boyba) were
killed and more than 30 wounded in the attack. Another injured
prisoner was martyred in hospital on 8 January due to the heavy
wounds inflicted by the murderers on 4 January, bringing the death
toll to four. On September the 24th, 1996, ten political captives of
PKK (Workers Party of Kurdistan) were massacred in Diyarbak E-Type
Prison as a result of a planned attack of the thugs of the
colonialist- fascist regime armed with iron bars, wooden clubs and
firearms. Kurdish national liberation fighters Edip Dnek'?i, Nimet
?akmak, Erkan Perian, M. Sabri Gm, R?dvan Bulut, Hakk Tekin, Ahmet
?elik, Kadir Demir, Mehmet Batuge and Cemal am were martyred in the
attack and a great many of their comrades were wounded. Almost all of
martyrs and the wounded had received heavy blows on their heads; a
fact which definitely proves the homicidal intent of the despicable
servants of the generals, police chiefs and politicians who try to
govern Turkey under a reign of white terror.

The list of the martyrs of 1996 death fast and hunger strike struggle
included Aygn ?ur, Altan Berdan Kerimgiller, lgin ?zkeskin, Aseyin
Demirciolu, Ali Ayata, MGjdat Yanat, Tahsin Y?lmaz, Aye ?dil Erkmen,
Hicabi Gk, Osman AkgGn, Yemliha Kaya, Hayati Can.









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