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Statement by Turkish revolutionaries: No to the coup! Fight for democracy!

This is a statement by the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Socialist Workers Party (DSİP) of Turkey on 16 July 2016 against the coup attempt

We have been living through an attempted coup for the past few hours. A group within the army have been attempting to take power. Air Force jets have been flying low over Ankara. The Turkish Radio Television building has been bombed. There are still sounds of bombs exploding.

Those attempting to take power have made an announcement on TV, claiming to represent the armed forces. It seems clear, however, that they are a particular group within military.

We are against all attempts at a military takeover.

Those involved must be held to account.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets against the attempted coup. We stand together with the thousands who are resisting the troops.

While fighting against the coup, we must, at the same time, fight the conditions which have given the military the grounds for this attempt: the anti-democratic conditions, the conditions of war.

The fight against the coup must be a fight for democracy, it must continue and be turned into a fight against the restrictions on democracy.

Those who want to set up a military junta cannot win!

The people will win!

Central Committee
Revolutionary Socialist Workers Party (DSİP), Turkey

16 July 2016



Comment from Kay
Time July 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Naturally the socialists support the Islamists! I mean, what’s new? I support a democratic secular Turkey as visualised by Kemal Ataturk.

Comment from Ross
Time July 16, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Apparently the pro- Erdogan and anti-Erdogan forces united in the streets and said no to the Military coup. Erdogan should go but real democracy does not exist because few countries have monetary sovereignty on this planet.

Comment from Kay
Time July 20, 2016 at 10:03 am

And now the purge begins! Over 15,000 teachers; a couple of thousand academics; hundreds of judges, prosecutors, police, lawyers, and thousands of others, including public servants. Erdogan will be the next Islamist dictator. Simple really – kill all the opposition and thinking people, so only pro-Islamists are left to vote!

This is only going to get worse. An old friend of ours, an engineering professor in Ankara, thankfully now deceased, was a victim of a similar purge back in the 70s. A military coup. Here it all goes again!

Comment from Kay
Time July 21, 2016 at 7:08 am

As I expected, it just gets worse! All educational institutes closed, tens of thousands (all thinking, intelligent people) sacked or thrown in gaol, no academics allowed to leave Turkey, all those sacked to be investigated! We’ve seen it all before – under previous military coups!

Erdogan will be the next Saddam Hussein.

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