By Jakob Stein
This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the birth of İbrahim Kaypakkaya, and May 18 was the forty-sixth anniversary of his murder in Diyarbakır Prison in Turkey. He was killed in his early twenties after enduring four months of brutal torture, but in his young life he achieved a great deal.
Kaypakkaya is responsible for bringing the teachings of Mao to Turkey and applying them to their concrete conditions, founding the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML), and initiating the people’s war that rages on to this day.
The weekend of May 12, Partizan, a Turkish magazine that writes about and promotes the International Communist Movement, held a large event attended by hundreds of people and several international delegations in Stuttgart, Germany. The event came only days after the announcement that TKP/ML held its first party congress since it’s founding, delayed for years since Kaypakkaya and other leaders had been murdered.
The event included posters supporting the People’s Wars in Peru and India, demanding the release of Indian political prisoners G.N. Saibaba and Ajith, and promoting the boycott of the European elections.
It began with the crowd enthusiastically chanting the slogans of TKP/ML, the Liberation Army of the Workers and Peasants of Turkey (TİKKO), comrade Ibrahim Kaypakkaya, and the People’s War in Turkey. Several cultural performances and speeches were given, including a speech from German theoretical journal Klassenstandpunkt and a reading of the international joint statement of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist parties and organizations, signed by a number of European and Latin American groups. A video created by Austrian comrades, depicting a variety of solidarity actions carried out for TKP/ML, was also presented to the crowd.
The highlight of the event was a speech was delivered on behalf of the Politburo of the Central Committee of TKP/ML, ending with the slogans “Long live our 1st Congress!” “Long Live the People’s War!” “Long live the shining path of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism” “Long live proletarian internationalism!” “Long live our party, the TKP/ML, under its leadership the TİKKO, TMLGB (Marxist-Leninist Youth Union of Turkey)!”