The world’s eyes are on the ongoing struggle in Turkey, where the people of Turkey are fighting against the repressive state and the capitalist development that it has undertaken. While the dynamics on the ground are very complex and are rapidly developing, the massive demonstrations, strikes, and street battles have opened up new revolutionary potentials within Turkey. This has inspired people throughout the world to struggle against the capitalist system and the repressive state. With that being said, we endorse and repost a solidarity statement below. For more information, and to sign the statement you can go here.
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!
Thanks for not being neutral on this. It seems some have vacillated because of its secular tendencies and because a mantel encompassing everyone and every issue has not been taken i.e. the kurds.
Of course the struggle is JUST developing. Vacillation comes from egoism in the sense that political people want their immediate wants and demands put forward right away…perhaps this is unique to the US. The fact that the Erdogan presidency will now build a Mosque instead of a Mall is quite a curve ball….any thoughts on this Advance the Struggle?
Actually, most of the working class and the poor still support Erdogan.
The protesters are mostly middle class.
Of course, this shouldn’t affect your support for the struggle>