Since 2011, countries around the world have had historic upsurges and have gained serious insight into the dynamics of anti-capitalist struggle in this period. Advance the Struggle along with La Peña Second Generation proudly presents a monthly Skype series with revolutionaries from across the globe to discuss these massive social movements.
The sixth session will involve militants from the Gezi Park protests and the ongoing movements in Turkey. The event will take place on Saturday August 23rd, 12pm noon at La Peña Cultural Center (3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA). Below is a description of the event and the leaflets for the series. Hope to see you there!
Come Saturday August 23rd at 12:00 to hear Turkish revolutionaries who will skype about their experiences in the wave of struggles at Taksim square in Instanbul. As protesters were evicted from the square, sizable protests emerged, confronting the government. Soon after, a wave of different movements, fighting for workers rights, freedom of the press, all ascended with force. A presentation will begin followed up by direct discussion with the Turkish revolutionaries.
Below is a video by Brandon Jourdan of Global Uprisings entitled, “The Taksim Commune: Gezi Park and the Uprising in Turkey,” which gives a fantastic first hand look at the escalating social movements for urban space and against political repression. Enjoy!
Taksim Commune: Gezi Park And The Uprising In Turkey from brandon jourdan on Vimeo.
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.
Photo Credit: Aljazeera
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!