Turkey: A call to global action

Sabri Oncu soncu at pacbell.net
Sat Feb 8 18:22:40 MST 2003


Forwarded from the Istanbul Social Forum list. The action
described in the call below may sound unusual to you but there is
a long history behind it. But, unfortunately, I am short of time
to explain.

Best,
Sabri

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THIS IS A WORLD WIDE CALL FROM CITIZEN TO CITIZEN
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URGENT....URGENT....URGENT....

WE SHALL STOP THE WAR!

Bush has obtained authorization to use nuclear arms.
We are on the verge of a major disaster. The only
power which can prevent this tragedy is that of the
world public. We call on all those people all over the
world who are against war to join forces in JOINT and
CONTINUOUS action.

The action is very simple: Every night at 20:00 pm
local time, we will flick lights on and off for one
minute wherever we are, be it our home, office or
car. And at the same time, we will make the darkness
reverberate with the sound of our whistles, horns and
pots and pans to make others see and hear our protest.


If we can spread the word of this action, millions of
people who say "What can I do by myself?" will get
involved and the lights of millions of houses flicker
like fireflies. Please circulate the appeal ATTACHED
to this e-mail and send it to as many people as you
can. Announce and endorse this action in the February
15th demonstrations in your countries. Organize
special events where lights will be turned off to get
press and TV coverage. Have TV channels broadcast your
most popular writers, artists, stars flicking their
lights on and off to participate in the campaign. Have
trade unions, professional chambers and organizations,
non-governmental organizations call their members to
participate in the action...

A WORLD FREE OF WAR IS POSSIBLE!


NO TO WAR IN IRAQ COALITION (*)


(*) Platform in Turkey with broad membership
consisting of workers’ and state employees’
confederations, all professional chambers, 59 art
institutions and non-governmental institutions
representing all sectors of society.


WE CAN STOP THE WAR!
THIS WORLD IS OURS!

Holding that all war-caused deaths without any
exception are manslaughter, feeling the pain of bombs
dropped on Iraq in our consciences, wishing the 21st
century to be a century of peace, believing that a
world free of war is possible, we hereby declare that
we will hold to account all governments who
participate in the war in Iraq.

*Adding my voice on to the voice of the millions, I
warn the USA: DO NOT TOUCH IRAQ!
*I warn my own government and parliament: DO NOT
BECOME ACCOMPLICES IN THIS CRIME!

To demonstrate my determination to stop this war, I
will be turning off my lights at 20.00 p.m. every night
for one minute, starting Saturday, February the 15th.
And I call on all citizens of the world to flick their
lights on and off at 20.00 pm every night until we put
an end to this war.

I am fully convinced that world public is stronger
than governments.

THIS IS A WORLD WIDE CALL FROM CITIZEN TO CITIZEN.


PS: Send this appeal to your parliament and
government. Send it to all addresses, institutions,
friends and international addresses you know,
circulate and disseminate it as widely as possible.

Contact information:
Phone: +90. 212 292 97 65
e-mail: peaceturkey at yahoo.com


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