(Yürüyüş magazine No. 72, June 24, 2018)
RESISTANCE IS CONSTANT IN A
COUNTRY WITH CONSTANT FASCISM BUT FRONT REVOLUTIONARIES CAN BRING IT TO
ONLY THE REVOLUTIONARIES HAVE THE HONOUR OF RESISTING IMPERIALISM
Every passing day, imperialism in the world and in Turkey,
the collaborationist oligarchy and AKP fascism ruling the country in its name
step up their attacks on the people and on different sections of the people. At
first glance the increase in the attacks is founded on imperialism and fascism
being powerful, but on the contrary it is based on them being helpless and
lacking a way out. Because the crisis of the system has been deep in a way it
had not been for a long time. Moreover every day its dimensions grow with every
Imperialism is a system in which a handful of
imperialist-capitalist countries, by means of monopolies in the more backward
countries of the world, engage in secret or open occupation of these countries,
using many different methods to exploit them and hold them under imperialist
domination. Exploitation is the essence of this system. There is no murder that
cannot be committed in order to keep the wheel of exploitation turning.
Recent history is full of examples of this. In the first and second
imperialist wars, millions were slaughtered for the sake of the interests of
imperialism. From Korea to Vietnam, from Algeria to Latin America, in many
places the peoples were slaughtered so that imperialism’s wheel of exploitation
could continue to turn and to make the peoples accept imperialism’s ideological
and physical domination. Certainly US imperialism was the chief force carrying
out these attacks.
From the second imperialist war to today, a number of
events taking place all over the world were characteristic of US imperialism
which heads the imperialist camp and done for the sake of its interests, and
this is proved by a number of concrete examples. In particular in 1991, after
the dissolution of the Soviet Union, imperialism announced its “certain” victory
and there were developments in line with a process called “a unipolar world”,
for example in the Gulf War waged against Iraq, meant to show how “determined”
the USA was to dominate the world.
According to a report in the economic
magazine Forbes, just the 400 wealthiest US monopolies, headed by Bill Gates who
has a fortune of 86 billion dollars, possess more wealth than the GDP of 140
countries of the world, countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Bolivia and
Uruguay. A US citizen consumes 600 times more than an average Ethiopian… This
exploitation is one of the real reasons for the USA’s attacks left and right
which do not cease, and for the extraordinary development of its armed forces.
Imperialist plunder – in a world with a population of seven billion,
over 70%, that is, more than five billion people, 1.5 billion live on the
threshold of hunger and every five seconds a child does of hunger or of
Every day, 25,000 people die of hunger, 17,000
of them children. Every year 18 million people die of hunger directly, 70
million from causes connected to it According to the UN, this hunger could be
eliminated totally by spending 50 billion dollars! That is, an amount not even
the profit of one of the world’s monopolies!
In brief, this is what the
world we live in looks like. And the most striking aspects of this tableau are
imperialist occupation, exploitation, hunger, poverty, injustice, blood and
tears. Imperialism can give the world’s peoples nothing more than that.
Imperialism’s Ideological And Physical Attacks Started Accompanied by
Its Shouts That “Socialism Is Dead” And The Only M-L Organisation that Did Not
Surrender Is The Front!
Imperialism wants the surrender of all who are an
obstacle to its policies and when it cannot practise its economic policies as it
desires it tries every path to get countries, organisations and peoples to
Countries, organisations and individuals that are seen as
enemies are pressured to surrender; its aim is to delete thoughts like
independence, democracy and socialism from minds, liquidate socialist beliefs
and impose the definite supremacy of its own ideology and politics.
ideological, psychological attack takes a parallel form to the military attack,
from literature to cinema, from music to TV series and advertisements, to the
big media companies, every means, every method is used…
bloc, principally the USA, started to use the “socialism is finished” propaganda
since the Soviet Union was torn down. This process ran at the same time as the
“New World Order” establishment.
In this process countries had no
interiors any more, it was said – “the world is a global village”, “no more
borders”. This ideological propaganda was so powerful that it was said “national
borders will no longer prevent humanitarian intervention” and this created an
ideological basis for the occupation of countries, massacres, and every kind of
military and political intervention. The impression was created that
“imperialism defends peace and freedom”. Deception achieved through this
propaganda and with the help of “independent international civil society
foundations” succeeded in making them into reserve forces of other states and
At the start of the 1990s the imperialists
like a chorus proclaimed the end of the class war, the definite victory of
capitalism, that imperialism had changed and was no longer the old aggressive
imperialism, and it had brought democracy and human rights to the world. However
actual developments were not like that, and the words saying imperialism had
changed were one by one composed of lies and deceit, it was clear and continues
to be clear that imperialism is the same parasitical, exploitative,
blood-sucking and aggressive that it ever was.
imperialism had changed and capitalism had won definite victory, that
imperialism had won definite hegemony over the world and the world’s peoples
contained a major attempt to intimidate Marxist-Leninist organisations and
organisations waging the national liberation war.
announcing the “new world order”, the USA started the process wrapping itself in
phrases like “national security”, “the fight against international terrorism”,
“protecting democracy and freedoms” and “defending peace”. A product of this
period was that imperialist attacks came on the agenda. Occupations and
neo-colonialism continued and even became more intense. At the same time from
Latin America to the Middle East to our country, everywhere the peoples had
“peace” foisted on them but in fact it was surrender they were continuing to
A lot of ostensibly left-wing petty bourgeois intellectuals
joined in imperialism’s lying chorus, bringing left-wing grist to imperialism’s
mill. The aim was clear: peoples and organisations waging the national
liberation struggle against imperialism were to be made to believe the lie that
imperialism had changed and so they would be brought to surrender ideologically
as well as physically. Because imperialism knew very well that physical defat
was inevitable after minds had first been made to surrender.
scored important successes with such policies, it succeeded in getting many
organisations to surrender and liquidate themselves. Imperialism launched
ideological attacks in th past and continues them today but especially since the
start of the 1990sit has got organisations with thousands of fighters like the
FARC, ETA and PKK, some Marxist-Leninist, some petit bourgeois national
liberation movements, to seek negotiation with imperialism and its collaborators
and abandon weapons.
Previously ETA announced a cease-fire, afterwards it
announced it had abandoned weapons and buried them in concrete. Finally last May
it announced that it had liquidated itself in a letter distributed on the
Internet. The Spanish government stated that this did not mean that ETA had
liquidated itself, and declared that “a reckoning would be demanded of all ETA
members for their crimes”.
FARC sat down at the negotiating table with
the collaborationist oligarchy of Colombia and signed an agreement, shaking
hands with the murderers of thousands of its comrades and hundreds of thousands
of Colombians. It took a decision to have its weapons melted down and turned
into monuments. In return for what? For nothing, other than saving their own
lives… This is called surrender, for liberation it is not.
country the PKK has experienced a parallel process to that of ETA and FARC, and
it is continuing to do so. The PKK gives ground every day in the face of
imperialism’s ideological attacks, it gave up the aim of an independent
Kurdistan a long time ago and it has got to the point of having the USA
establish 11 bases and becoming the paid soldiers of collaboration.
Imperialism’s Crisis Deepens, It Steps Up Its Attacks
Today, from Yemen
to Nicaragua, from North Korea to Iran, this is the sole reason for its attacks
and threats. As under the name of the “Arab spring”, starting in 2011 attempts
have been made to bring countries of the Middle East and North Africa into line,
Yemen did not surrender to policies aimed at creating collaborationist
governments, and is one of several countries that rendered these politics
It is possible to add to the list. And this shows how
imperialism’s crisis deepens. It fears that the “21st century will be the
century of uprisings”. This is the basic reason for the attacks and threats by
imperialism, large and small, direct and indirect. Because of this fear it makes
attacks and threats.
US imperialism’s economic and political crisis is
based on being bogged down in the swamp of the Middle East, it gets weaker as it
steps up its attacks, most importantly it tries to continue its ideological
domination. On the one hand it tries to draw forces like the PKK/PYD-YPG that
are becoming collaborationist into its swamp, on the other it attacks countries
like Iran, North Korea and Palestine as well as peoples that the potential to
resist US domination, or else it openly threatens them.
TRUTH IS THAT WHERE THERE IS REPRESSION AND EXPLOITATION THERE IS ALSO
The only Marxist-Leninist organisation resisting conciliation
with imperialism and the liquidationist attacks is the Front. Just one front
resisting on the surface of the earth, in which USA imperialism wants to
establish its empire.
FARC, ETA, PKK… giving up weapons, having them
melted down to be turned into monuments, or having them buried in concrete and
signing surrender documents to that effect; whereas we have commanders like
Leyla who dug up buried weapons after a bombardment in which many of our friends
were incinerated, and used those weapons to demand a reckoning. And this is the
great ideological and moral strength we have.
With this strength we are
building up our resistance, in the countryside, cities, prisons and both in our
country and in Europe.
We Are The Only Ones Resisting Fascism, There Is
The political, economic and social picture of our country we
have described is not different in general from the world as a whole. On the one
hand an economy designed so collaborationist monopolies can grow, on the other
hand greater hunger, poverty and misery for the poor…
This is the barest
statement of the situation in our country. Hunger, poverty, exploitation and
unemployment in our country, growing worse with every passing day, ours is a
country in which the imperialists confiscate its natural wealth. The result of
this is that every day a parasitical collaborationist bourgeoisie grows
wealthier and builds up its profits, while on the other we confront the reality
of Turkey in which millions are submerged by hunger and poverty.
country 16 MILLION people go to bed hungry. Naturally this image goes together
with constant fascism. Because Turkey is a neo-colonial country. There is to be
no possibility of transmitting the crisis to the imperialist-capitalist
countries responsible, so for this reason Turkey is ruled by permanent
On July 15, 2016, the oligarchy’s internal dogfight came to a
head with a failed coup attempt. The AKP continued in government and took the
opportunity to declare OHAL (state of emergency) targeting our peoples and
revolutionaries, above all the Front supporters. In this period they have even
trampled on their own laws, adopted from the September 12 (1980) junta. The AKP
has used all possibilities institutionalised by the September 12 pro-American
junta, and has caused state terror to proliferate. This terror continues today
without any let-up.
AKP fascism behind the mask of OHAL has carried out
attacks on every section of the people, from public workers and peasants to
intellectuals and artists, from the Kurdish people to revolutionaries and
socialists, and it continues to carry out these attacks. The focal point of
these attacks is the PEOPLE’S FRONT which does not give in to any repression or
Almost every month our democratic associations are raided. Our
magazine offices, culture centres, associations and neighbourhoods are
blockaded. Our associations are sealed but we break them open. We do not
recognise bans, nor will we ever!
Without even stopping for breath our
people are abducted and subjected to severe torture, even greeting someone is
almost enough to be imprisoned. Our events and concerts are banned, our holiday
events and iftars are held under police blockade.
They want our people’s
artists, people’s lawyers, people’s engineers and architects to be rendered
unable to function.
The justice schools for people’s lawyers are among
the institutions that have been closed. In Ankara twice, in Istanbul three times
they raided justice schools and put seals on the doors. The lawyers and students
resisted and put up barricades.
This is what it is to be a revolutionary
lawyer, revolutionary artist, revolutionary engineer or architect, which they
want to erode and destroy.
We Will Erode OHAL Bans And AKP Fascism And
Pass Over Them!
In its 16 years in power, the AKP has banned dozens of
strikes. A high proportion of them have been under OHAL. OHAL has been the main
excuse for the bans. That is, while the AKP is claiming to oppose “FETO”, it has
used OHAL to favour the interests of bosses and as a weapon against the
resistance of the workers.
And this is only natural because the AKP is
the representative of the oligarchy, in particular the interests of the bosses.
They have used OHAL as an excuse to ban strikes and have not drawn back from
defending it and stating that they will do everything to defend the interests of
bosses. Tayyip Erdogan has given voice to this reality on several occasions. It
was Erdogan himself who told (employers’ federation) TUSIAD, “You say we did not
give what you wanted. We declared OHAL for you, we banned strikes. Without OHAL
could we have done this?”
Certainly they did not limit themselves to
strike bans. A great many workers’ actions were not carried out, banned or
attacked by police using the same excuse, that “there is OHAL”.
did not just use OHAL as a weapon against workers but also against public
employees, and sought to use it to legitimise their attacks. In the period
immediately after July 15, and continuing to today, 150,000 public workers have
In the OHAL period from July 15 to
Thousands of people have been detained, tortured and imprisoned,
prisons and police stations have been turned into torture centres;
Hundreds of associations, foundations, culture centres and democratic
institutions have been closed and their doors sealed up;
newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, television and radio stations and
agencies have had to cease functioning;
Nearly 150,000 civil servants
have been suspended, thousands fired and they are attempting to use hunger as a
means of discipline. Two public workers they have tried to disciple through
hunger are Nuriye GULMEN and Semih OZAKCA. They resisted on hunger strike for
326 DAYS and turned this weapon on the AKP.
mayors, trade unionists, intellectuals and artists included, every section of
the people has had some share in being attacked as they try to silence all
opposition, be it revolutionary or reformist.
In Kurdistan, curfews
continue to be turned into massacres.
In the four corners of Turkey,
dozens of people have been deliberately murdered at home or on the street on the
pretext that “they did not heed the call to stop” or there was a “clash”, and
“people run over by armoured cars” are presented as road accidents.
short, AKP fascism tramples on its own laws and since July 15 it has ruled the
country through KHK (legal decrees under the state of emergency). In this
process all masks of fascism have fallen, together with the open fascism
institutionalised by September 12 this is what we confront in the most basic and
Constant Resistance To Constant Fascism
Everywhere It Is Only The Front That Resists
Alev Sahin for 317
Days In Duzce,
Yuksel resistance For 593 Days,
We Continue To
Resist For Two Years Without Interruption As The Free Prisoners, 400 People Have
Been Sent To Prisons To Be Tortured, We Have Set Fire To 30 Prison
The ideological and physical attacks of imperialism have affected
a good many sections in our country, quite a few organisations that defended
armed struggle in the past have drifted into the swamp of legalism and have
gradually taken their place inside the system, losing their claims to revolution
and socialism. Leave aside claims to revolution and socialism, we confront a
left that cannot defend the most ordinary democratic demands and its own
institutions against fascist attacks.
In our country there is a
conciliatory and obedient left reality that cannot even call imperialism
imperialism, or fascism fascism. During the election it has been seen that they
did not simply tail the Kurdish nationalists, since in the name of being against
the AKP they even presented Muharrem Ince and Meral Aksener as legitimate. From
trade unions to democratic mass organisations, from legal and illegal parties
and organisations to petit bourgeois intellectuals, all sections distanced
themselves from a line of struggle in favour of obedience and conciliation.
And certainly despite all the ideological and physical attacks by
imperialism and the collaborationist oligarchy, there is a Front reality which
at great cost continues to hold with pride the red flag of Marxism-Leninism and
socialism. And we say with pride: the only Marxist-Leninist organisation that
resists imperialism, continues armed warfare and lays claim to revolution is the
There are supporters of the Front, we are also alone in resisting
fascist attacks. At the start of July 2016 (immediately before July 15) Front
prisoners in the jails began General Resistance to rights being taken away and
Prison uniforms, exile transports, restrictions on books, bans
on visits, roll call while having to stand, bans on using telephones, cameras,
visits to the doctor while handcuffed, obstruction of treatment for ill
prisoners, denial of communication as a punishment, sponge rooms, wires pulling
into exercise areas… Every kind of dishonour and attack has been resisted by
In two years of the General Resistance, no less than 30
cells have been set on fire!
To try and make our prisoners surrender,
there have been no less than 400 times people were sent on exile transports,
involving the use of torture. They still did not get revolutionary willpower to
surrender. Resistance continues with all its warmth and enthusiasm. These are
While the prisoners resist inside the jails, their
families resist outside and are their breath and voice. Despite attacks and
arrests involving the use of torture, the TAYAD Families continue to campaign
against prison uniform attacks, denial of treatment to ill prisoners and
isolation, and they continue to resist.
AKP fascism does not limit its
attacks to the prisons. We have described attacks on all the people’s forces, on
workers, labourers, revolutionaries. Look at all these attacks – has there been
consistent resistance other than from us?
For example, what have KESK,
with 250,000 members, done? A section of the 150,000 public workers suspended
have been KESK members. What has been the behaviour of KESK? Did it organise a
single act of resistance? Apart from a few written statements, what did it do?
Among hundreds of thousands of public workers, only the KEC (Public
Workers’ Front) took a decision to resist. In the middle of Ankara Nuriye Gulmen
wrote resistance into history, Semih Ozakca took part in the resistance and
every day arrests under torture took place with ever greater attacks. The
response by the resistance was to escalate into an Indefinite Hunger Strike.
Despite being in prison and subjected to isolation, the threat of
force-feeding and even though their needs were not met, they continued their
resistance for 324 days even after being released. During this period, the
resistance in Ankara Yuksel also continued. The KEC’s Nazife Onay, Akman Simsek
and Celal Akgun were imprisoned.
With the new resisters, the Yuksel
resistance continuing in new forms is not only present in our country, but
worldwide it has created solidarity and sympathy. Never mind KESK organising the
resistance, it actually took a hostile attitude to the resistance of Nuriye and
Semih that had set the world aflame. They ignored the resistance and they closed
the gates of union buildings to it. KESK actually threatened to call the police
when the KEC organised a sit-down action in their building.
DISK do in relation to OHAL, and in relation to the increasing attacks against
workers by means of OHAL? The attitude of DISK was not different from KESK. They
organised attacks on resisting workers, and the DISK gang even organised
lynching attacks but the president Kani Beko did not organise any resistance
"We will use our power from production" he said in a
masterful way and and finally "I will carry the voice of the workers into
parliament," he said, announcing his candidacy. Of course this not only the
situation with Kani Beko. We are up against trade unionism without any content,
a race to get into parliament, a corrupt trade unionism, a boss trade
Arzu Cerkezoglu, who is replacing Kani Beko as DISK chair made a
visit to the Flormar workers in struggle and she said, "No power can stand in
the way of a woman who is resisting," she says.
Naturally, you would expect
someone who said that to resist or be on the side of resistance but this is not
Arzu Cerkezoglu was one of those DISK managers who organised an
attack on Oya Baydak, a woman who actually resists. Yes, the truth is that there
is no power that can stop a woman who resists. Resistance that they started on
their own - Turkan Albayrak, Cansel Malatyali, Oya Baydak. And from Nuriye
Gulmen we know this is the case.
Where are Arzu Cerkezoglu and DISK managers
during these acts of resistance? The answer is clear... Arzu Cerkezoglu and the
DISK leadership are against them. Nuriye Gulmen went to Izmir to support the
worker Mahir Kilic and one of DISK’s central managers was shameless enough to
say to Nuriye Gulmen, "What happened to your resistance?"
Has there been a
single resistance that results in victory? The answer to the question is also
clear: No, there is none.
Of course this conciliationist attitude is not
limited to DISK and KESK. The most "communist" in the OHAL process and the most
reformist all adopted a “wait-and-see” policy against attacks by fascism. They
calculated on how to survive with minimal damage. There were no programmes or
goals for the future.
As if they were waiting for someone with a magic wand
expecting everything to change, they put their hopes in the ballot box.
Hundreds of associations, cultural centres, publications and publishing
houses were closed, seals
put on their doors.
We are the only one that
resist the arbitrariness. We dismantled the seals, set up barricades when they
came to re-install them. We resisted. Outside the institutions where the Front
is present, there was no resistance anywhere. Fascist attacks grow every day.
Who else has resisted them?
The situation of TMMOB is no different. 550,000
engineers and architects are registered, only the people’s architect Alev Sahin
resists. Not only to get back work and bread but so people are not killed by new
earthquakes or suspended.
Just look at the weekly resistance calendar of
Alev Sahin! Both in the square of resistance in Duzce
And in front of Duzce
AKP’s Office and in a sit-down action at TMMOB.
Yes, she resists against the
victimisation of members of your own professional organisation, and the TMMOB
management is against her.
Nuriye, Semih, Alev, Mehmet, Acun, Nazife, Nazan,
Engin ... they persist for months, they resist.
They resist despite
systematic and heavy torture.
Mehmet's foot, Acun Hoca's heart, the hair of
Gulnaz, the bruised face of Perihan who is in her 70s, Nazan's broken cheekbone,
twice in a day the police drag them along the ground... in Duzce there are lynch
attempts, AKP provocations, detention, torture ... None of them had their
The police often do not allow a statement to be read for
even a minute before attacking. The resistance, as of 24 June 2018, has
continued for 593 days, organising itself even in the midst of torture.
REVOLUTIONISM IS NOT A CRIME IT IS A DUTY
Europe Too Will Not Get
Revolutionaries To Surrender!
Oue tradition of resistance in Europe is not
new, it is rooted in tradition. Wherever in the world there is a Front prisoner,
there is absolutely resistance. No imposition, for Free Prisoners do not submit
Free Prisoners in Greece, Erdal in Poland, Musa Asoglu in
Germany, Erdogan Cakir in France – all won victories by hunger strikes.
many years ago, in German prisons the Free Prisoner Sadi OZPOLAT many times
resisted the isolation by the German state, the imposition of prison uniform,
going on hunger strike for months, and every time German imperialism gave in.
Musa Asoglu, in the courtrooms of German imperialism, is turning it into an
arena of ideological struggle. The legitimacy of revolution is shouted out in
courtrooms, the two ideologies clash there.
Yusuf Tas, Ozgur Aslan, Ozkan
Guzel, Erdal Gokoglu are continuing the Free Prisoner tradition in Europe's
isolation cells, including hunger strikes. Finally last week, the prisoner of
French imperialism, Erdogan CAKIR, won a victory with a hunger strike against
the attempts to extradite him to Turkey.
Not only in prisons but in European
city squares there have been many acts of resistance. From England to Greece,
from Austria to the Netherlands, from Germany to Belgium; long marchs to support
freedom for prisoners, sit-down actions, tent resistance, bicycle rides in
supporting Grup Yorum against bans, and various forms of action and resistance
are carried out by the People’s Front.
Erdem VARAN, father of Grup Yorum
member Betul and also Bergun Varan's father. He lives in Holland and has two
daughters unlawfully imprisoned by fascism in Turkey. For months he has resisted
in a square in the Netherlands demanding “Freedom For Grup Yorum”.
Despite living in Belgium for 17 years, Cahit ZOREL has had his right to
remain taken away because of his beliefs, and has been protesting in front of
the court building since April 17.
On the 50th day of the resistance, he was
subjected to a fascist knife attack but Cahit stressed that he would not give
Gulaferit had all her rights taken away after being released from
prison, and she resists for her rights in Berlin.
Ozgur Aslan was released
and did not accept the impositions of German imperialism, he said revolutionism
is not a crime, it’s a mission.
In Turkey or in Europe, inside or outside
jail... Imperialism and fascist raids, arrests, heavy
transport, prison isolation, fascist attacks, nothing succeeds. Revolutionary
will cannot be made to surrender.
No Attack Is Enough To Make
Revolutionaries Surrender Because;
Only we are building up the claim to
socialism, we resist and win in all conditions... What resistance is and what
victory is are not a matter of chance, the issue is ideological independence,
ideological determination and clarity.
Fascism in the face of
Marxist-Leninist ideology is helpless.
Prison, prices on our heads, artists
of the people resist death threats...
People's lawyers are inside and outside
People's engineers-architects resist...
This is the
key to victory.
Gulaferit Unsal has been in prison for years in Germany and
now she continues to resist for her rights outside.
Ozkan Guzel resists so as
not to accept any pressure put on him.
Resistance is a responsibility on the
shoulders of every People's Front member. Resistance and victory to be a link in
our chain of victory. Hundreds of kilometres separate them but we can find the
road to resistance. We can put pressure on courts and prisons with our phones
You can carry out actions, participate in them, make a phone call
in support, spread the news. They have won political victory already by deciding
to resist, it is our responsibility to turn it into material gains.
is onot just about bearing witness, it is in our hands to be a part of it. We
will win; because we resist.
VICTORY GOES TO THOSE WHO RESIST!