TURKEY: Molotov Cocktails Hurled at Bank, Government Building

Photo: Aftermath of handmade explosives thrown at private bank in Istanbul.

By Jennifer Kelly

This week, the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) carried out attacks against a bank and Turkish postal office building in Sarigazi, a predominantly Kurdish district on the eastern outskirts of Istanbul.

According to an email received by the revolutionary Turkish newspaper Yeni Demokrasi, TKP/ML militants undertook the actions, and left a banner signed TKP/ML-TİKKO (Liberation Army of the Workers and Peasants of Turkey) at the scene.

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The banner reads, “the more you tear us apart, the more we will resist by siege!”

“In order to announce to friends and enemies that as TKP / ML militants we will not remain silent against all attacks on the Kurdish nation and its struggle, [including] the appointing of [Turkish] trustees to the HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) municipalities,” the statement from the militants in the email reads. “On 26 August, we organized a demonstration against a government institution and a bank in Sarıgazi.”

“Our actions are the first steps of focusing on a militant mass line in line with the 1st Congress line of our party TKP / ML,” the statement continues, “and clasping around our party, which does not compromise its fighters. It will create any siege without being confined to the ‘legal’ lines; we will overcome all our inadequacies militantly and organize revolutionary force against force in all kinds of fascist attacks against the Kurdish nation.”

On Monday August 19, the old Turkish state removed three mayors who were members of the progressive Kurdish HDP and arrested over 400 people for alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and for “spreading propaganda.” In their stead, the Turkish state has appointed their own officials and has started operations in three Kurdish provinces to combat Kurdish militants. Since then, protests against the appointing of these trustees have been banned in four municipalities.

TKP/ML held its first congress in January of this year, and released a statement on the event wherein it reaffirmed its ideology as Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, discussed the centrality of people’s war, and affirmed that “the matter of the liberation of the Kurdish Nation is one of the most important questions of our revolution.”

In the face of national oppression and the fascist measures of the old Turkish state, the Kurdish nation has stood resolute in its struggle. This struggle is realized in People’s War and in the New Democratic Revolution, and the more the Turkish state oppresses and attacks the Kurdish nation the more fiercely the masses will combat and resist them.