Turkey: Immediately Release All Arrested HDP Leaders!

Freedom for all political prisoners! National self-determination for Kurdistan! Down with Erdoğan’s police state!


Statement of Sınıf Savaşı (Section of the RCIT in Turkey), 06.11.2016, http://sinif-savasi.blogspot.com




During the night between the 3rd and 4th of November, the Turkish state arrested 11 Members of Parliament from the Halkların Demokratik Partisi (HDP, Peoples’ Democratic Party) – including its chairman, Selahattin Demirtaş, and chairwoman, Figen Yüksekdağ – for the absurd charges of “terrorism.” The HDP has been a target for Erodğan’s police state because of its close ties with the Kurdish masses and with the most progressive and radical layers of the working class in general. In May this year, the immunity of nearly all HDP-MPs was lifted by the Turkish parliament.


Sınıf Savaşı (the section of the RCIT in Turkey) strongly condemns these arrests as yet another attack by the Turkish state against democratic rights, against political freedom, and against the rights of the Kurdish people. More generally, this is part of the overall attack against political enemies of Erodğan’s dictatorial police state.


We in Sınıf Savaşı consider the HDP to be a left-reformist, petty-bourgeois party. However, even this pale shadow of a consistent, authentically revolutionary party is perceived by the Erodğan regime to be a sufficient threat to undermine basic democratic rights. Although we politically criticize the HDP for its non-consistent political struggle, we defend every member and sympathizer of the HDP against real terrorism – that of the Turkish state!


How ironic it is that the Turkish state, which is occupying the north of Syria and Iraq to undermine the liberation struggle of the Kurdish people; which offers its military bases to imperialism to bomb the masses in Iraq and Syria; which has killed and tortured hundreds of Kurdish and revolutionary activists in the last years; and which recently renewed diplomatic relations with the terrorist state of Israel; that such a state accuses the HDP of “terrorism.”


The PKK, which has loose ties to the HDP, is considered as a “terrorist organization” by the Turkish state and western imperialism. We unconditionally defend the petty-bourgeois-nationalist PKK against such charges which are a product of its national liberation struggle for the Kurdish people. However, we also state unequivocally that we disagree with the strategy of the PKK and its guerrilla tactics and individual bomb-attacks. What is needed is a mass-struggle of the workers and poor in the cities and workplaces!


As revolutionaries we also know that the biggest terrorist organization in the region – which is responsible for the murder of millions of people – is the imperialist alliance NATO. As a matter of fact, Turkey has been a member of this terrorist alliance since 1952, i.e., nearly since the formation of this alliance. We in Sınıf Savaşı demand the immediate exit of Turkey from NATO and the expulsion of all NATO forces from our country.


Erodğan is facing huge difficulties in “pacifying” Turkey – this is why he needs to jail his political opponents. It is a sign of his objective weakness, not his strength. It is important that we prepare for great battles in Turkey. Given the instability of the political situation, the work of revolutionaries in organizing workers and oppressed today can pay dividends in the near future!


Sınıf Savaşı stands side by side with the masses of the Kurdish people in their liberation struggle. It is important that revolutionaries engage in a united front with the HDP and try to win over its rank and file to a consistent revolutionary struggle.


Our central task is to organize the workers in a multi-national revolutionary party to combat every injustice that is inflicted upon us by the state and its ruling class. What is necessary now is mass-protest and solidarity-strikes against the undermining of democratic rights of the Kurdish people.


Only Revolution can liberate us!





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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