We’ve been following closely the mass protests and strikes in Turkey. We’d like to endorse and repost a solidarity statement below. For more information, and to sign onto the statement you can go here.
We’d also like to recommend that folks check out this interview with participants in the struggle in Turkey.
Red salutes to the working class of Turkey! Selam, yaratana! As internationalists and revolutionaries, we pledge our undying solidarity the working class of Turkey and its allies in its struggle against the Justice and Development Party government (AKP). We are honored to greet you 50 years after the death of your great socialist poet, Nazim Hikmet on this day of June 3rd, 2013.
We watch with horror as you and your allies are gassed, beaten, shot at, and arrested by the brutal police forces of Erdogan and his authoritarian government. We are impressed and humbled by your commitment to fight this repression, particularly the workers of KESK and Hava-Is in their strikes against the capitalist state. We hope that more workers will follow your lead and example and help spread the Taksim movement to every corner of Turkey and beyond. Only a worker’s movement has the ability to bring the powers that exist to its knees in a way that no other class can.
Solidarity to the Turkish metal workers, who faced repression last November in Bursa and continue their struggle against the yellow trade unionists and other anti-labor pawns. Solidarity to the brave students of Middle East Technical University, who were savagely attacked by the police in December of last year. Solidarity to the youth of Turkey who have been arrested and called “plunderers” and “extremists”—your brave actions will not be forgotten. Solidarity to all those workers and their allies who are now beginning to come together to fight against their capitalist oppressors. We hope for your victory and urge you to be wary of those who come in the name of “help”.
May the fire of TEKEL continue to set your enemies ablaze in these difficult, but necessary times.
YAŞASIN GENEL GREV!