"This new leadership considers that 'all PKK members will henceforth live and fight as fedayin', that Turkey is 'mistaken to rejoice' and 'will soon regret Öcalan who did everything possible to stop the conflict between his followers and the Turkish army degenerating into a Turkish-Kurdish war'."
~ Kendal Nezan, March 1999.
~ Kendal Nezan, March 1999.
The bodies of two Turkish soldiers who were reported missing after HPG's highly successful attack against the Bezele military garrison in the Semdinli, Hakkari region have been found. Earlier, HPG Commander Abdullah Zap stated that HPG did not have possession of the two bodies:
"More than likely they were killed by shooting from helicopters. The information that they are captured by us is not correct."
HPG's statement was confirmed by the Turkish General Staff announcement that they had found the two bodies.
İlker Başbuğ is also pressing for a strengthening of OHAL (state of emergency) in those regions that are already designated as "special security regions". In June 2007, before the 2007 elections, the Ankara regime designated Şirnex, Culemêrg, and Sêrt as new OHAL regions, with the OHAL being extended in scope and length of time since then. Naturally, this resulted in and extension of human rights violations, for which Turkey is so well known.
The Turkish General Staff wants the destruction of certain laws that hamper TSK's ability to conduct human rights violations more fully in the OHAL regions. Some points mentioned in Özgür Gündem include the following:
1. The current anti-terror law restricts TSK's operations.
2. TSK expects its authority to be increased.
3. The number of days a person is kept in detention must be extended.
4. Some lawyers pass information from detainees to PKK (Implication: detainees must not be allowed to have access to lawyers).
5. TSK wants to create a coordination unit for the provinces in which operations take place.
6. TSK wants the legal restrictions they face at checkpoints to be removed.
7. For the counter-"terror" struggle, the concept must be extended and those organizations and media that make "PKK propaganda" must be banned from the OHAL regions.
8. Food and equipment going to PKK must be stopped.
9. Special forces teams must be revived.
So there you have Turkish "democracy" in action, folks. Instead of seeking a political solution, as PKK has sought for many years, and reiterated as recently as August 2006 (http://www.kurdish-info.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3467), the fascists want more freedom to repress and genocide the Kurdish people.
In those parts of Turkey which do not enjoy the security benefits of OHAL, such as those regions in the West, the Turkish population itself is free to repress and genocide the Kurdish people, as noted over the weekend in the daily Taraf and translated courtesy of Azadixwaz:
For the people who is reading this blog, I am sure that you are following what is going on in Turkey and Kurdistan. As recent as two days ago PKK attacked Belezê garrison and killed 15 soldiers, there are a lot of wounded soldiers too, and 9 PKK guerillas died in this clash as well. You already know that there have been and there are many cases of lynchings against the Kurds, in the Western parts of Turkey where a big population of the Kurds live. Most of the Kurds who live in those cities, excluding the Kurds of Anatolia that mainly live in Konya-Ankara region who have been living there for over centuries now, were the people whose villages were burnt down and were forced to leave their homes, villages, properties, loved ones behind and start a new and very hard life in these prejudiced and almost fascist cities of the Western Turkey.
I personally think that the true nature of the Turkish fascism/racism is coming out with these lynchings of the Kurds that by now have become almost normal and accepted events/incidents in the Western cities of Turkey.
I have translated an article that was written by Rasim Ozan Kutahyali and published by Taraf daily newspaper. Here is the link to the Turkish version of it. I dont feel like adding anything; this person I think draws a very through picture of what is happening in Turkey. I wil try to translate the following article asap and publish it here as well. Here goes the article:
There are certain points that I disagree with in the Taraf article, particularly the merely economic, but at least it begins to address the ethnic issue. However the title of the piece asks "Are We Going Towards a Civil War?" Cooler heads than mine have suggested in private conversation that this may be the only way to settle the question once and for all. Cooler heads may be right.
Meanwhile, Hevallo demands TSK leave Kurdistan:
To put pressure on Turkey to halt its purely military approach to an issue that has been allowed to continue since the establishment of the Turkish state.
A state that was established upon the denial of the Kurdish existence.
A state that was established by continuously suppressing the Kurdish population.
Although, of course, there have been some political movements made by the Turkish authorities in an attempt to put off the inevitable, but only because they have been forced to, by the struggle waged by the Kurdish people for their freedoms and Turkish dreams of European Union membership.
But they still desperately cling to the military approach, psychological warfare and the label of terrorism.
The Kurdish people's resistance and moral is at a record high and everyone must know and see that if the Turkish Generals still insist on war then Turkey's future is very bleak indeed.
Even before this incident, the very real possibilities of the war that has been conducted in the mountains of Kurdistan coming to the cities of Turkey have been seen. This will surely only now increase.
There is a strong message for the Kurdish and non Kurdish people, outside of Turkey and Kurdistan, who support the Kurdish Freedom Struggle too. Now is the time to increase our work too. Turkey will be launching a full scale military and psychological war against the movement and this will need to be answered.
We need to be calm, organised and disciplined, challenging Turkey's lies, labelling and psycho war.
Û jîyan berxwedane, heval.