Thursday, May 10, 2007

Solidarity with the communists and the working class in Turkey

Join statement of communist and workers' parties

We, the undersigned communist and workers parties, vehemently condemn the police attacks against the tens of thousands workers demonstrating on the 30th anniversary of the May Day 1977 in Taksim Square in Istanbul.

We express our full solidarity with the communists, the trade unionists, the patriotic and progressive forces and demand the immediate release from custody of all arrested and the punishment of the responsible for the police riots. We support the demand by trade unions and political organizations that ask the resignation of the governor of Istanbul.

Once again the terror deployed in Istanbul demonstrated the hypocrisy governing the European Union, apart of course of the relevance of the NATO “human rights values” governing the allies.

We declare our full support with this “other Turkey”, the Turkey of the struggle for social and democratic rights for the working people, far away from the division between “ secular” and “Islamic” forces both serving the interests of big capital , US and EU.

The aim of the reactionary forces is to destroy the memory of the heroically struggle of the working class of Turkey and the sacrifices of the 36 workers killed on May Day 1977 on Taksim Square.

The brutal attacks against the workers and trade unionists in Turkey are attacks against the working class in all countries.

We appeal to the working people and youth, to the trade union movement, all progressive minded people in our countries to strengthen the protest movement against the brutal attack by the Turkish government and to reinforce the internationalist solidarity with the workers and youth in Turkey.

The Parties

Communist Party of Belarus
Workers’ Party, Belgium
Communist Party of Bulgaria
Party of Bulgarian Communists
New Communist Party of Britain
Socialist Workers’ Party of Croatia
AKEL, Cyprus
Communist Party of Denmark
Communist Party in Denmark
Communist Party of Estonia
Communist Party of Finland
Unified Communist Party of Georgia
Communist Party of Greece
Communist Party of Ireland
Party of the Italian Communists
Socialist Party of Latvia
Socialist Party of Lithuania
Communist Party of Luxemburg, KPL
New Communist Party of Netherlands
Communist Party of Norway
Communist Party of Poland
Portuguese Communist Party
Socialist Alliance Party, Romania
Communist Party of the Russian Federation
Communist Workers Party of Russia-Party of Communists of Russia
New Communist Party of Yugoslavia, Serbia
Communist Party of Slovakia
Communist Party of Peoples of Spain
Communist Party of Sweden
Communist Party, Turkey
Communist Party of Ukraine
Union of Communists of Ukraine

9th May 2007