Istanbul: Mass arrests at protest of Turkish government’s massacre in Sirnk Uludere

35 Civilians Dead – Protestors Released

32 people who were taken into custody in Istanbul because they protested the death of 35 civilians were now released. The villagers were killed in an aerial strike in south-eastern Turkey.

Riot police stand guard as Kurds protest after Turkey's air force attacked suspected Kurdish rebel targets across the border in Iraq, killing some 35 people, many of them believed to be smugglers mistaken for guerrillas, in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 29. 2011. The killings spurred angry demonstrations in Istanbul and several cities in the mostly Kurdish southeast.

Kurds protest after Turkey's air force attacked suspected Kurdish rebel targets across the border in Iraq, killing a dozen people, many of them believed to be smugglers mistaken for guerrillas, in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 29. 2011.

Istanbul – BİA News Center

03 January 2012, Tuesday

32 people were taken into police custody on 29 December in Istanbul because they protested the death of 35 civilians who were killed in an operation of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in south-eastern Turkey. All of the 32 people in custody, among them conscientious objector İnan Süver, were released on 31 December.

The TSK carried out an aerial strike in the region of Uludere in the Kurdish-majority province of Şırnak in the night of 28 December. Unmanned air vehicles and thermal cameras of the TSK had determined a group of people close to the Iraqi border. Thereupon, an aerial strike was launched in the region close to the Ortasu Village.

35 civilians from the villages of Ortasu (Roboski) and Gülyazı were reported dead after the incident. It turned out later on that these people were not members of the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as supposed by the military but villagers aged between 12 and 37 years old who were smuggling diesel fuel.

After the funerals, relatives of the victims explained the reason why they went to get diesel fuel from Iraq: “Poverty is the reason. This is our only source to get by”. Continue reading

Istanbul, Turkey protest: “The murderer of Azad and Pandey is the Indian state!”

Demonstration at Indian Embassy in Istanbul

The killing of the Central Committee spokesperson of the CPI (Maoist) and the journalist Hem Pandey was condemned in front of the Indian embassy in Istanbul/Turkey.

On July 1st, 2010 the AP/SIB brutally assassinated Cherukuri Rajkumar (Azad) and the independent journalist Hem Pandey close to the region Maharashtra. The Indian state has added one more assassination to its bloody record, the assassination of comrade Azad, who was for more than 35 years in the service of this people and his party.

On July 14th, 2010 supporters of the progressive and revolutionary theoretical publication magazine Partizan and of DHP (Platform for Democratic Rights) made a protest rally in front of the Indian Embassy in Taksim/Istanbul. Banners in English and in Turkish were saying “The murderer of comrade  Cherukuri Rajkumar (Azad) and Hem Pandey is the Indian state! Long Live International Solidarity!”

People were chanting slogans like “Down with the reactionary Indian state”! “Stop Green Hunt”! A statement was read and it was said that the Maoist’s in India struggle against the imperialist monopoles and the Indian Comprador ruling classes and that they are against the expansionist policies of the Indian state which at the same time also kills nature. What has been called “Operation Green Hunt” by the reactionaries of India aims to destroy the Maoists. The statement also declared that it defends the merit created by the revolutionary peoples’ masses. The rally ended with slogans like “Long Live International Solidarity”! “Stop Green Hunt”!”Azad and Pandey are Immortal”!

Istanbul Partizan News Agency

http://icawpi.org/en/peoples-resistance/38-solidarity/505-istanbul-turkey-protest-qthe-murderer-of-azad-and-pandey-is-the-indian-stateq