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People’s Democratic Party (HDP – Turkey) Calls for International Solidarity with the Martyrs of Suruç.

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People Carry the Coffins of the Suruç Martyrs through Gaziantep.

Our beloved comrades were bringing toys to give to Kobanê children.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Gaziantep deputy Celal Doğan, who attended the ceremony, said: “There was no violence; there were no guns [with this tragedy]. There were just a handful of idealists in Turkey, just 300 people who were at most 25 years old who aspired to go to the destroyed town of Kobani and rebuild it. They dreamed of building daycare centres, parks and projects such as hospitals.” (Zaman)

The  Peoples’ Democratic Party, Turkish: Halkların Demokratik Partisi (HDP), Kurdish: Partiya Demokratik a Gelan, has issued the following statement:


I’m writing this urgent letter to inform you regarding to the ISIL’s bombing attack that caused death of 28 young people and nearly 100 injures in Suruç in Turkey where closest town to Kobani. All the victims were members of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations which known as youth organization of ESP (Ezilenlerin Sosyalist Partisi or Socialist Party of the Oppressed).

We as HDP strongly condemn the massacre against the young people whose show their internationalist solidarity for Kobani and its resisting peoples against the ISIL.

The ISIL’s activities in Turkey and AKP Government’s tolerance for ISIL members caused many civil casualties in Turkey like Hatay/Reyhanlı Attack on 11 May 2013 and Diyarbakir Attack on 5 June 2015. It is clear that, Turkey and its borders has turned into logistical base and militia crossing gate for ISIL for 3 years. Additionally Turkish Intelligence’s (MIT) hundreds of trucks which full of the arms and military equipments have been dissembled by the government and the divulgers (prosecutors and gendarmerie officers) have been arrested due to the preventing the arm transmitting operation to Syria.

Our party and peoples of Turkey are aware that AKP Government has big responsibility to encouraging the ISIL and rising civil casualties in Syria, Iraq and Turkey as well. We as HDP calls international public opinion to react for AKP Government’s irrational approaches that causing civil casualties in the Middle East. In this regard, HDP call all the democratic and progressive parties and NGOs to show their solidarity for the young victims in Suruç.
Respectfully yours,

Nazmi GÜR
Vice Co-Chair of HDP in Charge of Foreign Affairs

The HDP  site already lists expression of solidarity by the following:

 European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy, Die Linke (Germany) and Syriza.

Syriza declares:

Statement by YIANNIS BOURNOUS, member of the Political Secretariat of SYRIZA,

Head Responsible for European Policy, International Relations, Foreign Policy & Defense, Greek diaspora

On the deadly terrorist attack in Suruc

We express our horror and unspeakable sorrow for today’s barbaric bomb attack by fundamentalist islamists against dozens of members of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations in Suruc, Turkey, which resulted in the loss of 28 lives and the injury of more than 100 people.

We mourn the loss of dozens of young militants who went to Suruc, in order to help as volunteers in rebuilding neighboring Kobane, a city-symbol of the struggle of the Kurdish people against the barbarity of islamofascism.

The AKP government is accountable for its underground and/or visible links and transactions with branches of the Islamic State. It must immediately stop providing any kind of direct or indirect support to the terrorists, starting from the exemplary punishment of those who orchestrated today’s murderous attack.

SYRIZA expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and stands on the side of the Turkish and Kurdish Left, which fights against darkness on behalf of humanity.


Written by Andrew Coates

July 22, 2015 at 10:54 am

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  1. More than thirty young revolutionaries have lost their lives as a result of a terrorist attack by the jihadist organization DAESH in the town of Suruc, on the border with Syria. We express our condolences to the families, friends and comrades of the victims.

    This Monday, July 20, 2015 a group of three hundred young people were moving across the border to participate in the reconstruction of the Kurdish town of Kobane, destroyed during the heroic resistance of the local population, the PYD and the militias of the YPG-YPJ, as well as volunteer combatants from many places.

    In the framework of the campaign of support organized by the Federation of Associations of Young Socialists, with packages of toys, sanitary products, pots of paint, books and films, these young people, for the most part students, hoped to contribute to the reconstruction of buildings, to building parks and nurseries for the children, to setting up a library.

    It is this feeling of unshakeable internationalist solidarity with the Kurds of Kobane which was the target for DAESH, and not “Turkey”, as claimed by Prime Minister Davutoglu. The jihadist organization is trying to export its war against the PYD, against which it was losing ground in Syria, to Turkish territory with this dastardly attack, as with the explosions at the meeting in the Democratic Party of the Peoples (HDP) in Diyarbakır.

    But how can we not see here the consequences of the foreign policy of the AKP, resolved to bring down the regime in Damascus at any price, by offering temporary support to various jihadist groups in order to extend its hegemony in the Middle East? Let us remember the trucks packed with weapons and missiles prepared to go to Syria under the control of intelligence services, the hospitals available to wounded DAESH militants. Let us remember the barely concealed mirth of Erdogan when he stated that “Kobane is on the verge of falling”. Was it not Davutoglu who proclaimed, when he was still Minister of Foreign Affairs, that DAESH could be seen as a radical structure but that it was “previous discontent and indignation” which had caused this “reaction”? A month ago the press of the AKP announced on its front page, referencing military sources, that “the PYD is more dangerous than DAESH”. And finally how can we forget the photograph showing the confident smile of this terrorist jihadist during his arrest by the Turkish police?

    Faced with jihadist barbarism and its collaborators, we oppose the smiles full of audacity and hope which these young revolutionaries, dead on the road to Kobane, have bequeathed us. It is in continuing their struggle that we will embody the spirit of solidarity which drove them.

    – For the right to self-determination of Kurdish people!
    – Long live internationalist solidarity!
    – DAESH Assassin, AKP Collaborator!


    Andrew Coates

    July 22, 2015 at 11:40 am

  2. According to this Turkey is arresting ISIS supporters in Turkey http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/20/isis-bombs-turkey.html?via=desktop&source=twitter

    It also notes that if Turkey goes further tourist targets in Turkey risk being attacked.

  3. According to George Mobiot all this is of no real importance.

    What matters is climate change: “Even in Turkey (where, as the bombing on Monday suggests, the terrorist group is a real threat), more people said they were “very concerned” about climate change than they did about Islamic State. ”


    This is the same Mobiot who compared foreign ISIS fighters to the volunteers in the International Bridge: “Orwell was hailed a hero for fighting in Spain. Today he’d be guilty of terrorism.”

    The International Brigades are acclaimed for bravery. But British citizens who fight in Syria are damned. If only they did it for the money.” George Monbiot.


    The Stop the War Coalition has yet to comment on Suruc.

    Socialist Worker helpfully advises the Kurds to look to “revolutionary forces” (unspecified) and not the US to defeat Isis.

    Latest Isis atrocity sees Kurdish groups look to old enemies for support—with deadly consequences, warns Ken Olende

    “A statement from the pro-Kurdish HDP party, said that the government has a “big responsibility for encouraging Isis and rising civil casualties in Syria, Iraq and Turkey as well.”

    Isis forces looked set to take the largely Kurdish city of Kobane in September last year.

    Many Kurds see an alliance with the US as the only way forward. But the US is the world’s foremost imperial power. Neither it nor Turkey are reliable allies.

    The US will only offer support to the Kurds as long as their forces go along with its interests—and these do not include an independent Kurdistan.

    In June US secretary of defence Ashton Carter wrote that the US would not send arms directly to Kurdish groups, as this “fuels false narratives in Iraq and elsewhere in the region that the United States intends to partition the country”.

    The autonomous Kurdish region in the north of Iraq is now tied to the coat-tails of the US. It has hired lobbying organisations in the US to reverse this policy and get them US weapons.

    Kurds will only get national freedom by allying with revolutionary forces in the region—not with the interests of the greater or smaller imperialist powers.”


    Andrew Coates

    July 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm

  4. The SWP should be held to account for its own deliberate and conscious promotion of Islamism in the aftermath of 9/11 and its conscious decision to side with Islamist ultra-reactionaries in Britain against socialists from Muslim backgrounds. I can, if required, cite chapter and verse from my own observations of what happened in and around the Socialist Alliance and the early ‘Stop The War’ movement in Birmingham.

    Jim Denham

    July 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm

  5. Kurds will only get national freedom by allying with revolutionary forces in the region—not with the interests of the greater or smaller imperialist powers.

    That’s not what they/STWCuk say about Donbas/’Novorussiya’.

  6. I think you should cite chapter and verse, Jim. Deliberate and conscious promotion of Islamism is not a trivial matter, in particular, for leftists. Keep it brief.


    July 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm

  7. It’s a hypocritical and lying statement from the SWP.

    Kobane was defended by the PYG with great heroism, but everybody knows that the US air strikes helped win the battle – a reference “strangely” absent following the sentence, “Isis forces looked set to take the largely Kurdish city of Kobane in September last year. ”

    They then note that, to everybody’s surprise that the US looks after its own interests.

    Are they saying retrospectively that the Kurds were wrong to accept that aid because it was given in the ‘interests’ of Washington?

    I imagine that the French and other European resistances should never have accepted US or UK help because it was in these imperialist powers’ interests.

    As for the idea that the Kurds should have relied on and should now rely on “revolutionary forces in the region”…well how many tanks have they got?

    And who are they?

    Groups that the SWP, who did not lift the tinniest finger to support the struggle of Kobane, gives its seal of approval to?

    A SWP who, as Jim says, has sided with “Islamist ultra-reactionaries in Britain against socialists from Muslim backgrounds.” – and not just in Birmingham (I know the details about Brum, Pinkie, and not from people associated with the AWL – Jim is absolutely right)

    The HDP, a serious left democratic party, which dwarfs the SWP, calls for international solidarity.

    Solidarity with our sisters and brothers, for the young victims in Suruç!

    Andrew Coates

    July 22, 2015 at 4:30 pm

  8. Andrew Coates

    July 22, 2015 at 5:46 pm

  9. Pinkie: the SWP deliberately promoted the MAB within the early STW movement: the MAB was clearly the UK branch of the Brotherhood, but the SWP denied this and/or simply didn’t understand or care. The MAB was of little significance within the UK Muslim “community” until the SWP took the decision to promote them.

    In Birmingham, I witnessed the SWP’s then-organiser back Islamist thugs when they physically threatened Iranian socialist Arash. This happened on more than one occasion and as well as myself, Steve Godward (FBU militant and SA parliamentary candidate in B’ham Erdington) also witnessed this and, I’m sure, would be willing to confirm what I SAY.

    Jim Denham

    July 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm

  10. btw I didn’t name the SWP’s B’ham organiser at the time: Ger Francis, who was later expelled from the SWP and found paid employment with Salma Yaqoob’s shadowy organisation.

    Jim Denham

    July 22, 2015 at 8:42 pm

  11. “Socialist Worker helpfully advises the Kurds to look to “revolutionary forces” (unspecified) and not the US to defeat Isis.” – Andrew

    This reminds me of the tin of beans joke where Trotsky announces to Lenin and Stalin (on a desert island) that, after due analysis, the situation calls for… a tin opener!

    The whereabouts of said tin opener was also “unspecified”.

    John R

    July 22, 2015 at 10:08 pm

  12. I heard an identical account from an Iranian leftist based in Birmingham, and it was known to anybody who preferred to listen to Iranian exiles rather than the likes of Ger and his mates.

    It is well-established and in case chimes with that stand the SWP was taking at the time in the build up to Respect and the farce that this led to.

    They did similar things in East London.

    Some of the people who went along with the Respect adventure (now in Counterfire) still come out with the idea of “going to the Mosques”, that is, rather than to our real comrades and friends, leftists from Muslim countries many of whom have first hand experience of Islamist murder and repression (Iran to start with).

    I wonder what Ger is going now with Galloway’s Mayor bid a laughing-stock.

    Andrew Coates

    July 23, 2015 at 5:44 pm

  13. Jim and Andrew, fine by me. I just think these things must be spelt out.


    July 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm

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