Tuesday, May 13, 2008


"It is a shame in the name of Turkish democracy that I have appeared before the judge for my thoughts."
~ Leyla Zana.

There may be a change in Leyla Zana's term of imprisonment, from Yeni Özgür Politika:

60 years demanded for Zana

Former DEP parliamentarian Leyla Zana has been sued for nine separate speeches and 60 years have been demanded for her conviction.

The Diyarbakır chief prosecutor sued Leyla Zana for nine separate speeches she gave in Amed, Batman, Bingöl, the European Parliament, and for several other speeches she delivered within the past year. Her speeches violate the Struggle Against Terrorism Act (Anti-Terror Law) 3713, Article 7/2, "praising illegal organizations," and TCK Articles 314/2 and 314/3, "being a member of an illegal organization" and "committing a crime on behalf of an illegal organization". Sixty years of imprisonment is being demanded of Zana.

According to the indictment against her, Zana has been convicted of "praising the PKK and the Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan," "inciting hatred in the youth for serving in the military," "referring to Southeastern Turkish provinces as 'North Kurdistan'", "referring to Northern Iraq as 'Southern Kurdistan'", "referring to Öcalan's capture as 'an earthquake in the hearts of the Kurdish people'", "referring to TSK operations as 'raining bullets on the Kurdish people'", and for participating in the Êdî Bes e movement.

I've only seen this in English in one other place, so I've been wondering: where are all those humanitarians, progressives, European politicians, and others who took up the cause of the imprisonment of the DEP parliamentarians? Where are those who awarded Leyla Zana the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought? Or is this prize not given so much to honor those who've sacrificed for human rights as to assuage the guilt and stroke the egos of the European Parliament?

I mean, Zana said that this current conviction was for crimethink: "It is a shame in the name of Turkish democracy that I have appeared before the judge for my thoughts."

Now that we have the bullshit Global War on Terror, Inc., crimethink is the order of the day.

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