Free Kurdish Political Prisoners Now!
The US Country Committee of International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS-US) strongly condemns the recent arrest and detention of leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) including Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdağ in North Kurdistan and Turkey by the Turkish authorities.
The raid and arrests are repressive acts consistent with the anti-democratic and fascist line of the US-supported Erdogan regime, and its intent of crushing the Kurdish people’s continuing struggle for national self-determination and democracy. This includes the continuing detention and isolation of Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) founding member and armed resistance leader Abdullah Ocalan since 1999, when the CIA worked with Turkish intelligence to kidnap Ocalan in Nairobi.
As an anti-imperialist formation in the US, ILPS-US unconditionally supports the Kurdish people’s struggle for national liberation, starting with its liberation from the fascism and political repression of the Turkish state, a member of NATO. The steadfast resolve and unwavering resistance of the Kurdish struggle is an inspirational one, and it is necessary for all who aspire for liberation and a just peace in the world to stand in solidarity with it, including those oppressed and exploited within the United States.
We call on ILPS members in the US to stand with the Kurdish people’s struggle for national self-determination and democracy and demand Turkish authorities release Kurdish President Abdullah Ocalan and all Kurdish political prisoners immediately.
Stop Political Repression in Turkey and North Kurdistan!
Long Live the Kurdish Struggle for Self-Determination!
Long Live International Solidarity!
Reference: Lyn Meza, ILPS-US, firstname.lastname@example.org
ILPS Philippines : Stop Erdogan! Stop the repression on Kurds!
7 November 2016
MANILA - Local affiliates of the global activist alliance, International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS), are set to picket outside the Turkish embassy this week to condemn the Erdogan regime's on-going crackdown of the democratic opposition including the arrests of leaders of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP).
Two leaders of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, were arrested last November 4 along with a dozen of its MPs. Journalists and editors of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper were also arrested while major internet providers restricted access to Twitter, Facebook, and the WhatsApp social messaging app.
"We stand in solidarity with the Kurds and the Turkish people to demand the immediate release of those detained," ILPS-Philippines Chairperson Elmer Labog said.
"We urge the Duterte government to file an urgent protest against the repression," he added.
The Erdogan regime is a US and EU ally, both of which were also criticized by Pres. Durterte in his public speeches.
The Philippines Chapter of the ILPS is also seeking a support action in Congress to express solidarity with the HDP lawmakers.
Kurds and their supporters have protested in their thousands in Cologne, Paris, London and other cities while Turkish riot police used water cannons and tear gas against protesters in Istanbul.
"We are one with the struggles of the Kurds in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and every place where they are fighting for freedom and against terrorism. Their People's Defense Units (YPG) under the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) are effectively fighting ISIS/Daesh in Northern Syria, in taking back Aleppo and Raqqa, and now Mosul in Iraq. The Turkish tanks and troops only seek to cut the expansion of the Kurds and abet the real terrorists," the ILPS-Phils said.
The HDP, meanwhile, has decided to halt legislative efforts and would not participate in general assembly sittings or parliamentary commission meetings according to its party spokesman Ayhan Bilgen.
Prof. Jose Maria Sison
International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS)
The International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS) condemns in the strongest terms the arrest of parliament members and mayors belonging to the People's Democratic Party (HDP) including the HDP Co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdağ in police raids carried out in several cities in Turkey and Northern Kurdistan. The latest arrests are consistent with Erdogan's hardline policy of crushing the Kurdish people's struggle for national self-determination and democracy at all costs.
Trying to put a veil of obfuscation on their continuing support for the brazenly anti-democratic Erdogan regime, the US and EU have again issued their utterly hypocritical "statements of concern" over the recent arrests.
The fascist Erdogan regime is using everything in its arsenal against the Kurdish movement, terrorizing and massacring Kurdish civilians and destroying cities in North Kurdistan, using Islamist terrorists against PKK guerrillas in Syria, brutally dispersing peaceful demonstrations, closing down pro-Kurdish newspapers and television stations and arresting parliament members and mayors who are suspected of supporting the struggle of the Kurdish people for national self-determination and democracy.
The Turkish fascist regime regards the liberation movement led by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as its most dangerous enemy.
That is why it has used everything in its power to crush the movement. It has continued to keep the widely acknowledged leader of the Kurdish movement President Abdullah Ocalan in isolation.
But the Kurdish people have remained steadfast. They are ever determined to use all forms of struggle, armed and unarmed, legal and parliamentary to achieve their legitimate aspirations for national self-determination and democracy.
The ILPS ,an international alliance of anti-imperialist and democratic organizations, supports the just struggle of the Kurdish people. It is incumbent on all people who love freedom to support the struggle of the Kurdish people.
The ILPS calls on all its member organizations throughout the world to condemn the Turkish authorities' latest attacks on the Kurdish movement and express their solidarity with the Kurdish people in their just struggle for national self-determination and democracy through statements and actions such as pickets and demonstrations in front of Turkish embassies and its other foreign missions.
Stop political repression in Turkey and Northern Kurdistan!
Freedom to President Abdullah Ocalan!
Freedom to all Kurdish political prisoners!
Long live the Kurdish struggle for national self-determination and democracy!
Long live international solidarity!
Nota: Recordar que Liga Internacional de la Lucha de los Pueblos (ILPS) esta dirigida por José María Sison que es el presidente fundador del Partido Comunista de Filipinas y líder histórico de la Guerra Popular en Filipinas.