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October 2018 / International Bulletin / Issue 191

Kurdistan forests are burning. The lungs of lands of North Kurdistan and Turkey have been devastated discontinuously now for more than three months. Forest fires especially in Dersim but also in the cities of Mardin, Hakkari, Şırnak, Diyarbakır and Bingöl have been affecting the villages close to these forests. The fires start at the regions bombed by the war planes of the colonialist fascist Turkish state and quickly spread surrounding regions. There is a big silence in the bourgeois media which intentionally skips the news about the fires. The Turkish army doesn't allow people to intervene in the fires due to the operations against the guerrillas. Citizens trying to put out the fires have been blocked by the police and soldiers. HDP parliamentarians, who have been trying to reach the region to see the situation in the first hand, to share the material facts with the people and to correct the misinformation if there is any, were also blocked crossing to the fire zones. Volunteer teams formed by the people living in those villages are unfortunately not enough to stop the fires.
This situation is actually not something new. Turkish bourgeois state has been using the method of burning the forests as a war policy. It is typical signs of the colonialist mentality that makes the state bomb the lands in its own territory, embark on destroying everything whether alive or not, follow so uncontrollably such a barbaric aggressive policy. Since August, thousands of km2 of land and forest have burnt down. Houses, animals, sacred places, cemeteries, natures, historical values and collective memories of people living in the region and most of whom are Kurdish and Alevite have been damaged, partly destroyed. The fascist state thought that intensification of the oppression policies against the people who are integrated their lives with this geography could be a solution to suppress the guerrilla resistance by cutting their veins of life, the bonding of them with the people. Yet it has no success, how can such a mentality claim to own these lands as the resistance holds on after all these?
Turkish bourgeois state was founded on a monist ideology, meaning that it has one race, one religion, one gender. It imposed the monist Turkish, Sunni and male dominant identity policies to open the path for the bourgeois capitalist class and to develop capitalism over these primary accumulation. The land of Dersim is especially not strange to these policies. The massacres against the upheavals of Kurdish and Alevite people throughout the 1930's had reached to a level of genocide in 1938 and everything was exterminated, even the people and animals living in the caves. The leaders of the upheavals were executed. The "Dersim law" applied in that period continues de-facto today.
Again, the extermination policies were intensified in the ‘90's after the upsurge of Kurdish national liberation movement. A simple example to the mentality of the state about how it approach this issue can be the opt-out of the Turkish state in the UN European Economic Commission in 1998. The Turkish board didn't sign the long-studied environmental agreement in that meeting because of the objection from the General Staff Presidency of the Turkish army. Due to the agreement article about sharing information about the operations, the issue and the fact that the army was burning the forests could be more visible in the public opinion. They wouldn't allow it and they didn't. Throughout the ‘90's, forced evacuation of the villages and burning the forests are strategic tools for Turkish army, but it didn't end the resistance of Kurdish people, on contrary it developed. Peoples didn't kneel down these policies, didn't surrender. Carrying on this traditional colonialist mission today, the fascist dictatorship of Erdoğan's attempts to keep the lands of Dersim in a continuous besiege and fire, stand much more than only breaking the will of the many guerrilla forces fighting on the mountains of Dersim for freedom and socialism under the umbrella of the united revolution struggle of Turkey and Kurdistan. The violent suppression of the democracy and equality demands of the peoples has both political and ecological consequences. Another reason to burn the forests is to open land for mining and construction activities. War and rentier politics is in arm in arm. In most cases, the burnt lands are given to the tourism or mining companies. The crime here is against humanity, it is against the nature, not only against the guerrilla or the people of Dersim. The security reasoning is a cheap excuse for colonialist mentality and a constant escape path to continue its massacres.
The decimation of living beings is a genocidal dememorization policy of purging Kurdistan from the Kurdish and Alevite identity. Kurdish question is a vital issue for the Turkish bourgeois state, it is an existential question and top priority for the sake of continuation of the State. And this priority now coincides once again with the recent economic crisis. Fascist chief Erdoğan aims at putting the blame on the "foreign forces", "traitors", "terrorists" by using the bitter dark nationalism to divide the working class in the recent economical developments. As the guerrilla managed to hold on, he tended to blockade the whole cities, as the resistance don't vanish, he embarked on the destruction of the whole geography. Even though it has been a summer period in which revolutionaries fell martyr most in the recent years, starting from the Kurdish national liberation movement, the revolutionary forces waged effective actions. Martyrs from HBDH, PKK , MKP , DKP-BÖG, TKP-ML and our party MLKP watered the lands with their blood in this summer period. Martyrs show the dimensions of sacrifice, determination and uphold the will of human power against the technical superiority. Revolutionaries who promised freedom to their peoples did not step back from their fight to set the flames of struggle on fascism, to spread it over.
Organizing a mass movement of peoples of Turkey against Erdoğan who openly declares that they will arrest the candidates of HDP in the upcoming local elections, uniting and synchronizing this movement with the guerrilla resistance is an urgent task ahead of revolutionaries. As shaken its foundations, the fascist dictatorship becomes aggressive, it rolls down in a deeper crisis. The political crisis of the state, which coincides the existential crisis of capitalism, hint itself at the recent economic crisis heavily. Since this economical crisis is a structural one, the policies to overcome the economical crisis, on the other hand, is not economical, but more of ideological. Chauvinist aggression policies are part of it. However, the State loses its ideological hegemony compared to the past. Despite all the massacres, brutal police-soldier attacks, attempts to break down the guerrilla, the peoples resistance do not quench. It cannot overcome this multi-sided crisis by burning the forests and the nature. Because communists and revolutionaries from Turkey and Kurdistan continue fighting for freedom and honor of peoples and for the the victory of socialism in the forefront.

 

 

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October 2018 / International Bulletin / Issue 191

Kurdistan forests are burning. The lungs of lands of North Kurdistan and Turkey have been devastated discontinuously now for more than three months. Forest fires especially in Dersim but also in the cities of Mardin, Hakkari, Şırnak, Diyarbakır and Bingöl have been affecting the villages close to these forests. The fires start at the regions bombed by the war planes of the colonialist fascist Turkish state and quickly spread surrounding regions. There is a big silence in the bourgeois media which intentionally skips the news about the fires. The Turkish army doesn't allow people to intervene in the fires due to the operations against the guerrillas. Citizens trying to put out the fires have been blocked by the police and soldiers. HDP parliamentarians, who have been trying to reach the region to see the situation in the first hand, to share the material facts with the people and to correct the misinformation if there is any, were also blocked crossing to the fire zones. Volunteer teams formed by the people living in those villages are unfortunately not enough to stop the fires.
This situation is actually not something new. Turkish bourgeois state has been using the method of burning the forests as a war policy. It is typical signs of the colonialist mentality that makes the state bomb the lands in its own territory, embark on destroying everything whether alive or not, follow so uncontrollably such a barbaric aggressive policy. Since August, thousands of km2 of land and forest have burnt down. Houses, animals, sacred places, cemeteries, natures, historical values and collective memories of people living in the region and most of whom are Kurdish and Alevite have been damaged, partly destroyed. The fascist state thought that intensification of the oppression policies against the people who are integrated their lives with this geography could be a solution to suppress the guerrilla resistance by cutting their veins of life, the bonding of them with the people. Yet it has no success, how can such a mentality claim to own these lands as the resistance holds on after all these?
Turkish bourgeois state was founded on a monist ideology, meaning that it has one race, one religion, one gender. It imposed the monist Turkish, Sunni and male dominant identity policies to open the path for the bourgeois capitalist class and to develop capitalism over these primary accumulation. The land of Dersim is especially not strange to these policies. The massacres against the upheavals of Kurdish and Alevite people throughout the 1930's had reached to a level of genocide in 1938 and everything was exterminated, even the people and animals living in the caves. The leaders of the upheavals were executed. The "Dersim law" applied in that period continues de-facto today.
Again, the extermination policies were intensified in the ‘90's after the upsurge of Kurdish national liberation movement. A simple example to the mentality of the state about how it approach this issue can be the opt-out of the Turkish state in the UN European Economic Commission in 1998. The Turkish board didn't sign the long-studied environmental agreement in that meeting because of the objection from the General Staff Presidency of the Turkish army. Due to the agreement article about sharing information about the operations, the issue and the fact that the army was burning the forests could be more visible in the public opinion. They wouldn't allow it and they didn't. Throughout the ‘90's, forced evacuation of the villages and burning the forests are strategic tools for Turkish army, but it didn't end the resistance of Kurdish people, on contrary it developed. Peoples didn't kneel down these policies, didn't surrender. Carrying on this traditional colonialist mission today, the fascist dictatorship of Erdoğan's attempts to keep the lands of Dersim in a continuous besiege and fire, stand much more than only breaking the will of the many guerrilla forces fighting on the mountains of Dersim for freedom and socialism under the umbrella of the united revolution struggle of Turkey and Kurdistan. The violent suppression of the democracy and equality demands of the peoples has both political and ecological consequences. Another reason to burn the forests is to open land for mining and construction activities. War and rentier politics is in arm in arm. In most cases, the burnt lands are given to the tourism or mining companies. The crime here is against humanity, it is against the nature, not only against the guerrilla or the people of Dersim. The security reasoning is a cheap excuse for colonialist mentality and a constant escape path to continue its massacres.
The decimation of living beings is a genocidal dememorization policy of purging Kurdistan from the Kurdish and Alevite identity. Kurdish question is a vital issue for the Turkish bourgeois state, it is an existential question and top priority for the sake of continuation of the State. And this priority now coincides once again with the recent economic crisis. Fascist chief Erdoğan aims at putting the blame on the "foreign forces", "traitors", "terrorists" by using the bitter dark nationalism to divide the working class in the recent economical developments. As the guerrilla managed to hold on, he tended to blockade the whole cities, as the resistance don't vanish, he embarked on the destruction of the whole geography. Even though it has been a summer period in which revolutionaries fell martyr most in the recent years, starting from the Kurdish national liberation movement, the revolutionary forces waged effective actions. Martyrs from HBDH, PKK , MKP , DKP-BÖG, TKP-ML and our party MLKP watered the lands with their blood in this summer period. Martyrs show the dimensions of sacrifice, determination and uphold the will of human power against the technical superiority. Revolutionaries who promised freedom to their peoples did not step back from their fight to set the flames of struggle on fascism, to spread it over.
Organizing a mass movement of peoples of Turkey against Erdoğan who openly declares that they will arrest the candidates of HDP in the upcoming local elections, uniting and synchronizing this movement with the guerrilla resistance is an urgent task ahead of revolutionaries. As shaken its foundations, the fascist dictatorship becomes aggressive, it rolls down in a deeper crisis. The political crisis of the state, which coincides the existential crisis of capitalism, hint itself at the recent economic crisis heavily. Since this economical crisis is a structural one, the policies to overcome the economical crisis, on the other hand, is not economical, but more of ideological. Chauvinist aggression policies are part of it. However, the State loses its ideological hegemony compared to the past. Despite all the massacres, brutal police-soldier attacks, attempts to break down the guerrilla, the peoples resistance do not quench. It cannot overcome this multi-sided crisis by burning the forests and the nature. Because communists and revolutionaries from Turkey and Kurdistan continue fighting for freedom and honor of peoples and for the the victory of socialism in the forefront.