IRSP on 67th Turkish Death Fast Victim

Danielle Ni Dhighe nidhighe at irsm.org
Fri Sep 21 18:24:01 MDT 2001


Irish Republican Socialist Party
Press Release
21 September 2001

Statement from the International Department of the IRSP on the Death
of TAYAD member Abdulbahri Yusufoglu following a Death Fast of 137
days in the Armutlu area of Istanbul.

Representatives of the Ard Comhairle of the IRSP and the son of the
last Irish Hunger Striker to die - INLA Volunteer Michael Devine -
today attended the funeral rights of Abdulbahri Yusufoglu a 21 year
old member of the political prisoners family's support group TAYAD.

Mr Yusufoglu became the 67th person to die in the dispute over the
removal of Turkish political prisoners to the new isolationist F Type
prisons. Speaking following attending the removal of Mr Yusufoglu's
remains from the Armutlu shanty town in Istanbul for burial in his
home town of Izmir on the Aegean coast.

Mr Terry Harkin, of the IRSP's International Department said:

"On Tuesday night of this week Paul Little, Michael Devine and myself
sat chatting to Abdulbahri Yusufoglu. He was a quiet, mild mannered
young man who was in full control of his destiny and was determined
to carry on with his protest. He spoke of his commitment to ending
the injustice of the F Type prisons and his hopes for the future. 36
hours later we were at his funeral. It is a poignant footnote to his
death that as he was dying with such dignity and pride the Turkish
government was preparing to enact a law making it illegal to use
Hunger Strikes as a means of legitimate political protest.

"Watching this young man die with such quiet dignity and the dignity
of his comrades also on Death Fast exposes the real reason for this
law: fear. The Turkish state have nothing to fight this courage with,
except ever more Draconian laws and terror. It confirms the belief,
recently expressed through referendum, of the Irish people that this
pariah state has no place in mainstream Europe. I have no more heart
to talk of it at this time," Mr Harkin concluded.

ENDS

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF A STATEMENT RECEIVED BY THE
INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF THE IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY

It is with deep regret and profound sorrow that the Comrade Officers,
Staff and Volunteers of the Irish National Liberation Army; and the
Ard Comhairle, Area Executives and local membership of the Irish
Republican Socialist Party have learned of the death of Comrade
Abdulbahri Yusufoglu (TAYAD).

"Comrade Yusufoglu (21) gave his life after 137 days of Death Fast,
in the struggle against the infamous 'F Type' prisons and for the
liberty of the working class in Turkey. Representatives of the
Republican Socialist Movement visited Comrade Yusufoglu on Tuesday of
this week, along with his other comrades of the Death Fast
Resistance. We salute his and his comrades bravery and again call on
the Irish Government to live up to it's international
responsibilities and intervene in this matter.

"Our representatives have asked for an urgent meeting with the Irish
Government on Monday of this week. This was already too late for
Comrade Yusufoglu. We say to them ACT NOW before it is again too late.

"To our Comrades of the DHKP-C and TAYAD we say, we feel your pain.
We share your loss. WE ARE AS ONE WITH YOU. YOU SHALL WIN. THERE IS
NO MORE TO BE SAID."

ENDS

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