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Turkish fascism in action and the "international community"

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For Kurds, the Turkish state is comparable to Germany of 1933-1945.  It preaches and practices Turkish supremacy called Kemalism, the Turkish form of fascism.

According to this ideology, as stipulated in the constitution, there are only Turks in Turkey, there is only Turkish identity and language.

25 million Kurds, a distinct ancient people living for thousands of years on their own territories, simply do not exist in the "modern", "demoractic" republic of Turkey.  Their lands are considered Turkish patrimony and remain occupied.

Since its foundation, the state has aimed at destroying all traces of Kurdishness, the Kurdish ethnic identity.  It banned the Kurdish language, Kurdish names, Kurdish education; it carried out linguistic, cultural, social genocides.  The threat and danger of total physical extermination is not theoretical given the recorded violence against the Kurdish population.  Under the pretext of fighting "terrorism", thousands of "terrorists" killed, more than 4,000 Kurdish villages destroyed, thousands imprisoned and tortured, hundreds of thousands deported or forced to migrate to cities in Turkish populated parts of the country, and Kurds trained in the army and security forces to murder their compatriots.

The Turkish fascist education and indoctrination has been so elaborate and complete that it created a special type of slave never witnessed before in history, one that has no identity at all.  Neither Turkish nor Kurdish they follow the orders of their masters and are presented as the "good" Kurds of Turkey.   Manipulation and money have turned them into believing that they are Turks, in reality they have become pseudo or krypto Kurds, second-class "citizens" that serve the enemy.

As a reaction to all these injustices, to these crimes against humanity, a Kurdish liberation movement came into being in the 70s, under the leadership of Abdullah Ocalan, known as the PKK.

It was declared a communist or terrorist organization, a threat to the state and status quo.  The Turkish military, security forces, and paramilitary units have been using all kinds of methods and weapons, including gas, to eradicate it.

As there is no civil control of the armed forces, the Turkish generals, fanatic followers of the fascist philosophy of their state founder, who is worshipped like a god by the Turks, can do whatever they like.

As Turkey is a NATO-member and a client state of the United States, they have Washington's political, financial, and technical support.

Israel and the EU, for strategic and economic expediencies, are also supporters of the fascist state of Turkey.

Together they collaborated to trap the Kurdish liberation leader in 1999 and hand him over to our oppressors.  He is detained in a Turkish dungeon, guarded by 600 Turkish soldiers and is the sole prisoner on the island of Imrali.

However, despite the crimes committed by the Turkish state, despite his illegal imprisonment, despite having been poisoned and threatened to be killed any time; Ocalan continues to offer his help in finding a democratic solution to the Kurdish situation and to establish a democratic republic.

The Turkish response is unchanging and remorseless; the Turkish state and military continue to believe that their problem can be solved only by force.  In retaliation for recent military blows on the ground, they have now resorted to new methods of humiliating and torturing the Kurdish leader in prison.

In the neocolonial strategy and foreign policy of the Turkish state, the liberation movement had to be marginalized and was portrayed as an irrelevant, small terrorist organization that did not represent the Kurds.

The confirmation of poisoning and mistreatment of the Kurdish leader has led to widespread demonstrations in Kurdistan and in the Kurdish diaspora that show exactly the opposite.

These demonstrations are extraordinary and historical, a clear message to the state and the world, they confirm what has been the reality since the movement began.  Hundreds of thousands of Kurds shout with one voice: "The PKK is the people, the people are here!"

The demonstrations began a week ago and are continuing.  For more than a week, a whole nation is on its feet and demanding their democratic rights in civil protest, demanding the release of their leader, the end of military dictatorship in Kurdistan and the recognition of the Kurdish nation.

The whole Kurdish nation speaks with one voice, but the international response is total silence as if these demonstrations and protests are not happening.

Both the "international community" and the global news media have completely shut their eyes, mouths, and ears.

Thus the so-called civilized "international community" has become an accomplice of a terror state, encouraging its brutality and injustice against a defenseless population.

And the Turkish security forces, having the international approval, make full use of their unrestricted powers.  Tanks and other police vehicles are used to break up civil, democratic, peaceful demonstrations.   Children, women, elderly are attacked and injured; hundreds are detained and beaten.  The Turkish police murdered several demonstrators, including children.  In the cities, Kurds are now targets of lynch attempts by Turkish citizens.

The Kurds see are how the actions of Turkish fascism and racism are accompanied and supported by the hypocrisy, distortion, double standards, inaction, and total silence of the "international community" and global media.

We and history will remember. 


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