Solidarity with Cizre, freedom for the Kurdish people!

The Turkish government’s decision to re-start the war against the Kurdish people this summer has led to clashes between the army and the PKK, with dozens of soldiers, police officers and Kurdish fighters dead.

This has, as usual, been accompanied by a wave of racist demonstrations organised by the fascists all around Turkey and massive state repression and violence against civilians in the Kurdish regions.

The situation in the small Kurdish town of Cizre is tense; martial law has been declared there and at least 14 civilians have been killed by the security forces.

The humanitarian crisis is growing and the dead body of a small child has been kept in a freezer for several days as a result of the curfew.

The HDP members who are ministers in the interim government of Turkey and several HDP MPs have tried to reach the town, accompanied by thousands of supporters, but have been prevented from doing so by the security forces.

The bloodshed in Turkey is a classical example of the hypocrisy of ruling classes and the capitalist state when their “national” interest is at stake.

Turkey’s rulers are very upset with the possibility of a second Kurdish state or autonomous region on their southern borders, in Syria, following that in Northern Iraq. The Turkish government was forced to change its Syrian policy and its policy of turning a blind eye to ISIS in order to make a deal with US imperialism to avoid a possible Kurdish-controlled region.

The success of the HDP –the coalition of Kurds and the radical left- has added fuel to this in terms of the strength of the Kurdish struggle in Turkey as well.

Putting aside their many disagreements, the ruling class, the government, and the military have united in the war against the Kurds.

It is very clear that Turkish people do not support a war against the Kurds. Polls showed only two months ago that at least two-thirds of Turkish citizens support a peace process.

We believe in the power of the working class everywhere to build a new world free of exploitation, racism and national borders, where national oppression will no longer exist.

In the course of building such a new world, it is crucial to build unity amongst workers of different nations on the basis of absolute equality.

Thus, we, international socialists of many different countries, are the most consistent defenders of the right
of all oppressed nations to determine their own destiny.

We express our solidarity with the people of Cizre fighting against the violence of a racist state.

We demand that the Turkish state stops repression of the Kurds.

No to national oppression! For the equality and unity of all workers!

The Coordination of the International Socialist Tendency
12 September 2015

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