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5th Jun 2013 from TwitLonger

KCK, Kurdish Freedom Movement's Statement on Gezi Park. #OccupyGezi #OccupyTurkey @MyriaMonde @AjansAmed #TwitterKurds #Turkey #Kurds #PKK KCK: The Gezi resistance is a message for a new Turkey

The KCK Executive Council have stated that the Gezi Park protests which began as communal resistance, sends a message calling for a new and democratic Turkey. Calling for the support of the Kurdish initiative, KCK note that in order for this critical period to develop positively, the Kurds should also undertake responsibility by working with the democratic forces in Turkey.

The KCK Executive Council have signalled important messages regarding the communal resistance around Gezi Park. By submitting that the current situation poses significant consequences regarding Turkey's transition into a democratic country, they have also warned against “opportunist” approaches. The KCK called the democratic sections of civil society to stand against potential barriers to the democratic resolution process.


KCK's statement follows: The protests which started 9 days ago and strengthened around the events in Gezi Park, exhibit a significant picture. The use of water cannons, truncheon's and tear-gas by the police against the development of a civilian democratic reflex, is the adoption of an anti-democratic sovereign, nation-state mentality. The Kurdish people who have experienced state-violence the most, know exactly what this violence means. The use of such police violence against the civilian society by the AKP is a clear rejection and contradiction to the soul of the currently on-going Democratic Peace Process.

The Democratic Peace Process is not only a process aiming to resolve the Kurdish question but is a critical period aiming to democratise the whole of Turkey. In order to democratise and become a civil, democratic country, violence and a militarised personality needs to be demolished. However, despite the AKP pushing the armed forces back, the domination of the police into the scene leaves the same nature of violence to exist. The perspective of the Democratic Peace Process is to create a new and democratic Turkey. The civilian reflex against the intervention of the government into the private lives of individuals and attacking their green, living spaces, has presented a definitive, communal stance. The use of police violence to repress the use of this freedom has posed a messy result.


There is nothing more natural than the democratic expression of people against a situation which will affect their freedoms and life-style. This is exactly what the protests at Gezi Park are expressing. The use of force and violence against society and over-looking their demands will always lead to the manifestation of potential powers that society holds This situation is challenging the consequential problems Turkey faces whilst undergoing its democratic transition. The events which grew out of the Gezi Park protests evince the need for a newly democratic constitution and civilian-led administration establishing a reformed democratic, Turkey. It is vital that the demands of the society are met with great attention as they play fundamental importance for Turkey's future. To begin with, the government should meet the demands of the Taksim Solidarity Platform.


There are opportunist, racist-nationalist forces who are also seeking to use this opportunity to sabotage the on-going Democratic Peace Process. Those democratic sections of society who are working hard and who make up the foundations of this resistance should be aware of the threats that these groups pose towards the peace process and work to strengthen the process. Nor should the Kurdish people refrain from this period. They should work with the democratic forces within Turkey to make sure that the period develops correctly. The democratic reflexes against the injustices, anti-democratic regime and fascistic repressions in Turkey will have positive consequences by coming together with the Kurdish Freedom Movement. The aim should be to express the democratic stance of the people and to insist in continuing along this path so that the will of the people is made clearer. Under this framework, the Kurdish Freedom Movement has the responsibility to unite with the democratic reflex and resolve the Kurdish problem by filtering Turkey from all sorts of repression and violence; creating a democratic Turkey together.


In order to complete the first steps of the Democratic Peace Process our forces have shown great devotion and determination by undertaking their responsibilities. However, as seen in Uludere and Bingol, certain actions contradicting the process have created pressures. Such actions will evidently pressurise the period. Just because there is a cease-fire and the PKK are inactive, provoking the period is a wrong-route to take. All the forces at the borders, as they were last year, should remain in their same places. Thus, last year the Uludere commander's attempt in changing the balances of the border resulted in conflict. Though it may not have been represented by the media, similar opportunist attempts made by the army commanders near Oramar (Daglica) have resulted in conflicts time and time again.


Consequently, the AKP by declaring that they have entered a democratic resolution and peaceful period and yet, using excessive force against its people and creating a form of conflict setting, conveys a contradictory and unacceptable approach to such a critical period. In order for Turkey to reform democratically, everybody needs to approach the period with sensitivity and responsibility.
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