Turkey/Kurdistan: Stop the Terror against the Masses!

Down with the reactionary Erdogan-government and its war against the Kurdish people!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 14.10.2015, www.thecommunists.net

A cowardly and despicable bombing against a peace demonstration took place in Ankara last Saturday, 10 October. Until now it is known that at least 125 people were killed (according to the left-reformist HDP) and hundreds were wounded; but since Saturday the numbers of killed and wounded are continually rising. The demonstration was organized by four trade unions to demand that the Turkish state stop its war against the Kurdish people.

Who is responsible?

Up until now it is still not completely certain who was behind the bombing. At first the Turkish government even dared to insinuate that the leftwing nationalists of the PKK and the Stalinists of the DHKP-C were responsible. But this was simply spontaneous stupidity and impertinence. Now they are blaming the reactionary Takfiri-Salafists of Daesh/IS which is more realistic hunch, but not the only possibility. Evidence pointing to this latter possibility is that witnesses heard the suicide bombers chant “Allahu akbar” shortly before the explosions. Another option might be that behind this crime were reactionary fascist-nationalists like supporters of the MHP who have been responsible for pogrom mobilizations against the Kurds during the last weeks and months; but such groups normally don’t resort to suicide-bombings. It is also possible that the reactionary-capitalist Erdogan government itself, together with its state-apparatus, is responsible at least indirectly for the crime by deliberately not preventing it. According to such a scenario, while the massacre may have in fact been planned and executed by IS/Daesh, the Turkish state may simply have let it happen. Evidence pointing to this possibility is that the Erdogan government is now interested in escalating the political crisis in Turkey/Northern Kurdistan by granting itself more executive powers. The ruling class of Turkey, traditionally more aligned with the CHP and the army command, is currently displeased with the ruling AKP and Erdogan, as these are to a certain degree affiliated with the religious rural masses and the religious urban petty-bourgeoisie. But by escalating and transforming the situation in Turkey/Northern Kurdistan into a civil war, Erdogan might be hoping to present himself as a “national savior” and “trustable Bonaparte” (of course only from the point of view of the capitalists).

Either way, political responsibility for the vial crime that occurred on Saturday belongs to the Erdogan government, the ruling class of Turkey, the fascists of the MHP and the CHP. These forces whipped up the arch-reactionary chauvinism against the Kurdish people and other minorities under the pretext of the “war against terrorism.” They often use the petty-bourgeois, left-nationalists of the PKK as an excuse to persecute the Kurdish masses, other national minorities and the Turkish revolutionary working-class movement.

How to respond?

The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT, Devrimci Komünist Uluslararası Eğilim in the Turkish language) condemns this heinous terrorism against the masses by the Turkish capitalists, Saturday’s Ankara massacre being simply the highest peak yet reached in terms of the number of victims. We wish to send our warmest condolences to the comrades, friends and family of the martyrs! Let’s honor their memory by continuing the struggle for liberation and avenging their deaths by overthrowing the murderous capitalist state of Turkey! As a direct response towards the Ankara massacre, revolutionaries in Turkey and Northern Kurdistan should support attempts to organize a general strike against the government. They also need to establish self-defense committees against the police violence, the fascist thugs and the pogrom attempts. There should also be an independent investigation of the bombing under the independent control of the workers’ movement and the Kurdish national movement. Don’t trust the bourgeois courts! Send the backers of the bombing to workers’ tribunals – only this will achieve justice!

The tasks of Turkish Revolutionaries

Revolutionaries in Turkey and in Northern Kurdistan must prevent the capitalists and their parties (AKP, MHP, CHP) from whipping up nationalist hatred and take an unwavering stand against the government-sponsored hatred of the Kurds. Turkish revolutionaries must also develop a campaign in the defense of the Kurdish people, defending the PKK in practice against the Turkish state while at the same time not giving any political support to their petty-bourgeois left-nationalism and guerilla-strategy (combined with their endemic capitulationism). Revolutionaries must strive to organize anti-militarist committees in the army to undermine the reactionary war against the Kurdish people. The campaign in defense of the Kurds should raise a slogan calling for a referendum in Southeast Turkey and fight for its implementation in practice. In this referendum the residents of every city and village will decide whether they wants to secede from Turkey and form a new Kurdish state, if they want to remain within Turkey but be granted a large degree of autonomy, or whether they want to retain the status quo.

This demand should also be directed towards the workers and peasants who still follow Erdogan. Revolutionaries must tell them: “Tayyip always claims that he stands for democracy but he opposes a referendum which is the most democratic means. If the current situation escalates to a civil war – every man, women and child that is killed will be the responsibility of Erdogan, because he could have prevented this with a simple democratic vote!” It is very important that revolutionaries find a way to get in touch with the grass roots of the AKP – which is clearly the strongest party amongst the Turkish urban and rural toilers – and try to break them away from the party’s leadership. An essential precondition for this is for revolutionaries to deal pedagogically with the religious faith of the Muslims, while at the same time struggle for a secular, red Turkey and Kurdistan.

The tasks of Kurdish Revolutionaries

For their part, Kurdish revolutionaries must fight from within the Kurdish masses to combine the struggle for liberation with the aim of a United Red Kurdistan. In such a Kurdistan the working and poor masses, i.e., the working class, the poor peasantry and the urban poor will take political power and – in contrast to Rojava – there will be a true workers’ democracy. This will also mean full democratic rights for parties and organizations who oppose PKK/PYD, but which stand for election on the basis of the Kurdish liberation struggle. Kurdish revolutionaries must orient their struggle away from the mountains and towards the masses of the Kurdish working class, not just in Diyabakır and Batman but in Istanbul and Ankara as well! They must fight against the capitulationism of the PKK, their collaboration of their leadership with US imperialism in Syria, their disarming of the masses, and their anti-Marxist theory of Apoism, in addition to ideologically fighting against the concept of Kurdish nationalism, especially when this is directed against all Turks (and not simply the fascists, the military and the police).

Turkish and Kurdish revolutionaries also have to form a single party to fight for the liberation of all the workers and the oppressed of the region.

The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency declares:

* No to the war against the Kurds and the masses in Turkey! Prevent the army, the police and the fascists from carrying out pogroms! Organize self-defense committees!

* Down with the reactionary-capitalist Erdogan government, but also down with the reactionary Kemalists of the CHP and the fascists from the MHP! For a general strike against the government!

* For international solidarity of all workers and oppressed! Support the Kurdish liberation struggle!

* For a referendum in Southeast Turkey to democratically determine who wants to secede from the Turkish state!

* For a united, free and red Kurdistan!

* For the formation of an united revolutionary party in Turkey and Northern Kurdistan which will be forged in the heat of the struggle and quenched and hardened with the blood of the martyrs!

International Secretariat

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About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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