Archiv für Oktober 2012

Irish-republican POW Greetings/for distribution

Greetings from the Republican
Prisoners in Maghaberry jailto
the activists, supporters and participants of the International Day of Action
for Irish Republican Prisoners of War 2012 The
following statement was received from the O/C of the Republican POWs in
Maghaberry Gaol, Co Antrim, in October 2012: “We, the Republican Prisoners of War
incarcerated in Maghaberry prison camp, wish to send greetings to those
assembled all over the world today protesting on our behalf. “At present we are engaged in a ‘dirty
protest’ to end the archaic practice of strip searching and 23-hour lock-down,
and to secure conditions befitting of Prisoners of War. The age-old British
policy of criminalisation of Irish Republican prisoners is in full swing in
Maghaberry and as always we, as Republicans, will oppose this in anyway we can. “We have been on this current phase of protest
now for over 18 months and we see little movement from our captors. The conditions
we endure are far from humane or acceptable, yet we will continue in our
struggle until our demands are met. We have a duty to all Republicans and to
those prisoners who may follow us. “We find ourselves incarcerated due to British
rule in Ireland and are part of the broader struggle for Irish independence. We
take heart from gatherings such as this, that Irish Republicanism is alive and
vibrant, kept alive by people like you. As Republican Prisoners of War we will
not shy away from our duty and we salute all those in Ireland and abroad who
work towards the independence of Ireland by any means necessary. “The support we have received from those
across the world makes us more determined and resolute, we are indeed grateful
for such support, and ask for your continued support and activism on our
behalf. “We applaud those of you who take to the
streets all over the world in protest at the detention of true Republicans. “We will continue to resist all attempts by
the British government to criminalise us and our struggle and with your
continued support we are confident of victory. “Onwards to the Republic! “Signed O/C Maghaberry Gaol,
October 2012”
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International Coordination Committee
‚Support the POWs!‘
For the support of the Irish Republican Prisoners held in Irish, English and Lithuanian jails…
web: http://supportthepows.irish-solidarity.net/

Osman Baydemir açıklamaları / 24.10.2012

Hunger strike: Day 44

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Today is the 44th day of the hunger strike launched by PKK and PAJK prisoners in Turkish jails. The health condition for many is entering a difficult and dangerous phase.

Demonstrations are taking place in Turkey and Europe to support the demands of the hunger strikers and to put pressure on governments to act on Turkey so that the protest could stop.

The prisoners are asking to arrange conditions of health-security and freedom for Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Secondly, the prisoners demand the recognition of Kurdish as a language to be used in education as well as in the public sphere. Thirdly and in conjuction with the second demand, they have underlined that they will speak Kurdish in courts and the judges must accept their defence in Kurdish.

ANF

Erklärung der Hungerstreikenden vom 24.10.

Am 43. Tag des Hungerstreiks, den die Gefangenen der PKK und PAJK für die Aufhebung der Isolationshaft gegen Abdullah Öcalan, Gewährleistung seiner Gesundheit, Sicherheit und Freiheit, sowie die umfassende Anerkennung der kurdischen Sprache, begonnen haben, gab Deniz Kaya im Namen der Hungerstreikenden eine Erklärung zum aktuellen Stand.

Deniz Kaya erklärte: „Wie möchten, dass unser Volk und die Öffentlichkeit wissen, dass wir unsere Aktion mit großer Entschlossenheit führen. Die AKP-Regierung und das Ministerium haben anstatt unseren Forderungen Antwort zu leisten, die Unterdrückungs- und Folteranwendungen gegen die FreundInnen, die sich am Hungerstreik beteiligen, angezogen. In zahlreichen Gefängnissen wurden die Hungerstreikenden in Einzelzellen gesteckt und werden täglich einer 24-stündigen Tortur ausgesetzt.

Kaya äußerte, dass die Hungerstreikenden in den Gefängnissen von Silivri, Şakran und Tekirdağ in Einzelzellen gesperrt wurden, und die FreundInnen durch eine Nacht und Nebelaktion vom Antep-Gefängnis in andere Haftanstalten gebracht worden sind. Die Unterdrückungsmaßnahmen der Wächter seien angestiegen. Zudem äußerte Kaya, dass die Hungerstreikenden aus dem Gefängnis von Sêrt mit Isolationsstrafen und Disziplinarverfahren bedroht werden. Des Weiteren werden gegen die HungerstreikaktivistInnen in der Schwarzmeerregion seitens der Militärpersonals physischer und psychischer Druck ausgeübt. Kaya rief die Öffentlichkeit dazu auf, noch aufmerksamer zu werden, da die Regierung und das Ministerium einen Angriff vorbereiten.

Kaya betonte, dass sie die Regierung und das Ministerium gewarnt haben. Sie werden auf die kleinsten Vorkehrungen, Folter oder gewalttätiges Vorgehen eine Vergeltungsantwort geben. Die AKP-Regierung und das Ministerium werden die Verantwortung tragen müssen, wenn die Forderungen der Hungerstreikenden nicht erfüllt werden sollten. Außerdem werden die Gefangenen keine Untersuchung unter Zwang akzeptieren und dagegen Widerstand leisten. Sie rufen die Ärzteverbunde, Gesundheitsorganisationen und alle nationalen und internationalen Menschenrechtsorganisationen dazu auf, schleunigst in die Gefängnisse, in denen sich die Hungerstreikenden befinden, zu kommen. Die Hungerstreikenden befinden sich mittlerweile an der Schwelle zum Tod.

„Während sich unsere FreundInnen in den Gefängnissen im Hungerstreik befinden, soll niemand von uns erwarten, dass wir das Ramadan-Fest feiern und Besuch empfangen. Für die Freiheit des Vorsitzenden Apo, der Befreiung unseres Volkes und eines Status für das Land rufen wir zuallererst unsere Familien und unser gesamtes Volk dazu auf sich zu vereinen und sich an der Aufstandsbewegung zu beteiligen. Wir rufen all unsere Familien und das Volk von Kurdistan, sämtliche Institutionen Kurdistans und deren Umkreis dazu auf, Freiheitsplattformen zu gründen, und dauerhafte Wachen zu halten.

Amed: Gesundheitszustand von elf Frauen verschlechtert sich zunehmend

Der Gesundheitszustand von elf Frauen im E-Typ Gefängnis von Amed (Diyarbakir), die sich seit dem 12. September im Hungerstreik befinden, verschlechtert sich von Tag zu Tag zunehmend.

Die hungerstreikenden Frauen klagen über Schwindel, Gelenk- und Kopfschmerzen, Probleme beim Laufen, überhöhte Empfindlichkeit gegen Lautstärke und Gerüche, niedriger oder hoher Blutdruck, Schlafstörungen, starker Gewichtverlust, Probleme bei der Aufnahme von Wasser, Durchfall und Übelkeit.

Izmir: Minderjährige Gefangene in Einzelzellen verlegt

Die beiden minderjährigen Gefangenen H. D. und U. T, die sich zurzeit Im Şakran Gefängnis von Izmir befinden, wurden in Einzelzellen gesperrt. Die beiden befinden sich ebenfalls im unbefristeten Hungerstreik.

Gülser Yildirm hat sich heute dem Hungerstreik angeschlossen

Gülser Yildirm, inhaftierte Parlamentsabgeordnete der Partei für Frieden und Demokratie (BDP), hat sich ebenfalls dem unbefristeten Hungerstreik angeschlossen. Nach Informationen ihrer AnwältInnen hat sie sich heute dem Hungerstreik angeschlossen. Frau Yildirim befindet sich zurzeit im E-Typ Gefängnis von Mêrdîn.

Bereits am 15. Oktober hat sich Faysal Sariyildiz, ebenfalls BDP-Parlamentarier, dem Hungerstreik angeschlossen. Faysal Sariyildiz befindet sich zurzeit im D-Typ Gefängnis von Amed.

DTK Erklärung zum Opferfest

Der Demokratische Volkskongress (DTK) gab eine Erklärung zum Opferfest. Darin heißt es u. a., dass sich „die Hungerstreikenden jeden Tag dem Tode ein Stück nähern. Die politische Regierung spielt währenddessen die drei Affen. Dies können weder unsere Gewissen, noch die Gesellschaft akzeptieren. Die heiligen Tage sollen nicht von Schmerzen überschattet werden. An Festtagen werden Wehmut und Schmerz hinter sich gelassen. Wir tragen die Hoffnung, dass ein würdevoller Frieden hergestellt wird und wir die Tage erleben, an denen jede/r gleich, gerecht und frei leben kann.

Karayilan: Der Hungerstreik muss intensiver unterstützt werden

In dem kürzlich erschienen Interview des ANF-Reporters Deniz Kendal mit dem KCK-Exekutivratsvorsitzenden Murat Karayilan, erklärte Karayilan, dass Pressemitteilungen und kleine Demonstrationen, den Tod der hungerstreikenden Gefangenen keineswegs stoppen können. Aus diesem Grund müssen die Aktivitäten verstärkt werden. Er erklärte: „Die Häftlinge haben sich für diesen Schritt, aus ihrer Verantwortung heraus entschieden, um den politischen Prozess zu fördern. Es ist deutlich, dass sie mit dem Widerstand sowie mit ihrem beharren auf eine demokratische Lösung des Konflikts, ihrer Verantwortung gerecht werden wollen. Im Grunde ist dies eine Intervention aus den Gefängnissen in die sich zuspitzende Phase der Auseinandersetzungen. Wir wissen, dass gegenwärtig in Kurdistan ein von Seiten des türkischen Post-Kolonialismus entwickelter Kriegszustand herrscht. Dagegen gibt es einen Widerstand von Abdullah Öcalan, von unserem Volk sowie von unserer Bewegung.“

Karayilan, machte in dem Interview darauf aufmerksam, dass die Hungerstreikaktionen im Hinblick auf die Lösung der Kurdenfrage, als eine Roadmap angesehen werden kann. Er rief sämtliche gesellschaftlichen Gruppen und demokratischen Kreise dazu auf, die Häftlinge in ihren Forderungen zu unterstützen. „Die Hungerstreikenden wollen nichts für sich selbst durchsetzen. Ich denke, dass die Gefangenen damit zum ersten Mal nicht auf die Bedingungen in den Gefängnissen, sondern auf die Zustände im Land aufmerksam machen wollen. Was sind ihre Forderungen? Zunächst die Freilassung Öcalans, zweitens ein Recht auf Bildung in der Muttersprache sowie die Genehmigung des Verteidigungsrechts. Die Gewährung dieser Rechte in der Türkei hieße den demokratischen Lösungsprozess zur Geltung zu bringen. Deshalb ist diese Aktion – vom Wesen her – eine Friedensaktion. Die Aktionen zeigen, wie zwei Völker miteinander, frei und gleich leben können. Sie entsprechen einer Roadmap für den Frieden im Hinblick auf die Kurdenfrage“, so Karayilan.

Dazu erklärte er weiter: ,,Einige Kreise wollen ein Ende der Auseinandersetzungen und den Beginn eines Friedensprozesses. Außerdem machen sie neben diversen unternommenen Bemühungen, zeitweise auch Aufrufe. Die gefangenen kurdischen Politiker, die wie Geiseln behandelt werden, formulieren nicht lediglich einen Appell nach draußen, sondern opfern sich nun für die Eröffnung eines Prozesses für die Lösung auf. Denn die gestellten Forderungen beschreiben die primären Prinzipien für den Beginn der Friedensverhandlungen. Wenn heute in Kurdistan die Bildung in der Muttersprache erlaubt, Abdullah Öcalan frei kommt, wird sich eine Phase des Dialoges sowie eine kräftige Basis für eine Lösung mit friedlichen Mitteln herausbilden.“

Das Schweigen der türkischen Medien und der Regierung beschreibt Karayilan folgendermaßen: „Die gleichgültige Haltung der Medien in der Türkei sowie seitens der Regierung kann ausschließlich als blinder und zugleich egoistischer Kolonialismus beschrieben werden. Diese Gefangenen werden allein aus der Tatsache heraus, dass sie Kurden sind und den Frieden verteidigen ganz und gar ignoriert.“

Weiterhin betont Karayilan: „Um ein Ende des unbefristeten Hungerstreiks einzuleiten und den nahenden Tod der Häftlinge zu verhindern, müssen auf die Forderungen reagiert werden. Dies wird dann möglich, wenn die AKP bzw. Premier Erdoğan in dieser Sache eine Entscheidung trifft. Der Ministerpräsident ist für mögliche Ergebnisse verantwortlich. Die Forderungen der Hungerstreikenden sind legitim. Außerdem sind dies Forderungen, die den Weg für die Lösung eines grundlegenden Problems ebnen werden“, so Karayilan.

Appell von Akademikern und Intellektuellen zum Hungerstreik

In einer gemeinsamen Erklärung haben mehr als hundert Akademiker, Intellektuelle, Journalisten und Künstler an die AKP-Regierung appelliert, Schritte einer Lösung bezüglich des Hungerstreiks zu tätigen.

„Die Türkei befindet sich an der Schwelle eines Alptraums. Tausende Gefangene befinden sich im Hungerstreik. Wir haben Tage wie diese schon einmal erlebt. Wir haben sie vor 16 Jahren erlebt. Wir haben sie erneut vor 12 Jahren erlebt. Und wir wollen solch eine Scham heute nicht noch einmal erleben“, heißt es unter anderen in der gemeinsamen Erklärung.

Die Erklärung fährt wie folgt fort: „Um ihre Forderungen auf die Tagesordnung der Öffentlichkeit zu bringen, setzen sie ihr Leben aufs Spiel. Ob wir die Methode, die sie anwenden, gutheißen oder nicht, ändert nichts an der Tatsache, dass es hierbei um Menschenleben geht. Das drohende Drama ist offensichtlich: Solange die Regierung den Hungerstreikenden kein Gehör schenkt, nähern sich mehr als tausend junge Menschen Schritt für Schritt ihrem Tod. Gegenüber solch einem Schreckensszenario darf kein Mensch schweigen.

Vor uns stehen die Feiertage. Aber während die Politik in die Ferien geht, wird das Alltagsleben in den Gefängnissen wie gewohnt weiter gehen. Nach den Feiertagen wird der Hungerstreik seine siebte Woche hinter sich lassen, eine Phase, nach der es vielleicht auch kein Zurück mehr geben wird. Solange wir noch die Zeit dafür haben, sollten wir zu verhindern versuchen, dass ein weiterer dunkler Schatten auf unsere Geschichte und auf unser Gewissen fällt.“

Abschließend forderten die Unterzeichner dazu auf, den Forderungen der Hungerstreikenden Gehör zu schenken und als Zeichen des guten Willens konkrete Schritte zu tätigen.

Unter den UnterzeichnerInnen befinden sich unter anderem folgende Namen:

Prof. Dr. Ayse Berkman, Prof. Dr. Ayse Erzan, Prof. Dr. Ayse Gözen, Prof. Dr. Ayse Hür (Journalist), Prof. Dr. Betül Tanbay , Prof. Dr. Çigdem Kafesçioglu, Prof. Dr. Erol Katircioglu, Prof. Dr.Fatma Gök, Dr. Ferhat Kentel, Prof. Dr. Gençay Gürsoy, Prof. Dr. Hacer Ansal, Karin Karakasli (Autorin), Prof. Dr. Mehmet Bekaroglu, Prof. Dr. Melek Göregenli, Prof. Dr. Mesut Yegen, Prof. Dr. Mithat Sancar, Nadire Mater (Journalistin), Prof. Dr. Nazan Üstündag, Nazim Alpman (Journalist),Prof. Dr. Özgür Sarioglu, Prof. Dr. Rasit Kaya, Prof. Dr. Semih Bilgen, Suavi (Musiker), Sanar Yurdatapan (Musikerin), Prof. Dr. Ufuk Uras, Vedat Türkali (Autor), Vedat Yildirim (Musiker).

Kurban’ın Bayramı / Can Başkent

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Meşhur hikayedir. Tolstoy, bir arkadaşını akşam yemeğine davet eder. Arkadaşı davet üzerine, yemekte tavuk istediğini belirtir. Akşam, konuk Tolstoy’un çiftliğine vardığında yemek masasındaki sandalyelerden birine bir tavuğun bağlı olduğunu görür ve sorar, bu nedir diye. Tolstoy da, ‘Yemekte tavuk yemek istemiştin, işte tavuk’ der.

Bu hikaye, mezbahaya tanık olanların hemen vejetaryen olacağını iddia eden tezin en bilinen anekdotlarındandır. Zira, bilinci olan bir canlıyı ellerimizle öldürmek bir vahşettir, bu vahşete tanık olanlar da et yemekten vazgeçeceklerdir, bu teze göre.

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Peki, neden bu tez Türkiye’de işe yaramıyor kurban bayramının keskin acımasızlığı düşünüldüğünde. Hepimizin çocukluğu, sokaklarda kesilen hayvanların izleyerek, üstümüze sıçrayan kanı koklayarak, sokaklardaki kan gölünün üstünden atlayarak, kafası kesildikten sonra kıpraşan hayvanların biyolojisini anlamaya çalışmakla geçti. Peki neden hala çoğumuz otobur değil? Üstüne üstlük, mezbahanın aksine, Kurban Bayramı’nın bir de akla zarar bir öyküsü var. Cebrail’in getirdiği koyunu kurban etmemizi tanrı istemiş, bunu peygamberlerden birinin adak olarak kendi oğlunu kurban etmesine yeğlemiş. Böyle saçma bir hurafeye dayanarak bu işi yapıyor olmamıza rağmen, neden hala çoğumuz otobur değil? Bu çoğunluğu otobur yapmak için neye ihtiyacımız var?

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Öncelikle şimdiye dek denenen ve kitlesel olarak pek işe yaramayan bir iki yönteme değineyim. Bu yöntemlerden birincisi, mezbahadaki vahşete tanıklık etmektir. Sokakların mezbaha olduğu memleketimde bu açık bir şekilde işe yaramıyor, geçelim.

İkincisi, meselenin sağlık boyutudur. Zira et yemek herkesin hem fikir olacağı bir şekilde sağlığa zararlıdır. Ancak, herkesin sağlığa zararlı olduğu konusunda daha da hem fikir olduğu bir mesele var, sigara içmek. Sigara tiryakiliğinin bile bu kadar yaygın olduğu bir toplumda, aman damarların tıkanır demek, bir çok insanın ciddiye almadığı bir argüman.

Üçüncüsü, ahlaki argümanlardır. Ancak, bu argümanların Türkiye toplumunda işe yaramayacağı hepimize malumdur sanırım. Açın anaakım gazetelerin üçüncü sayfalarını, ikna olmadıysanız.

Dördüncü işe yaramayan argüman ekolojik/iktisadi argümandır. Et yemenin ekosistem üzerindeki zararlarını, iktisadi manada çok pahalı olduğunu anlatmak, işe yarama umudu en az olan argümandır, özellikle bencilliğin kısa vadeli ganimetçilik olarak idrak edildiği bir toplumda.

İşin ilginci, bu dört ana argüman, otobur hareketin ekseri başvurduğu argümanlardır. Bireysel manada, elbette küçük bir azınlığı bu argümanlarla etkileyebilirsiniz. Ancak, kitlesel bir dönüşümü bu argümanlar sağlamıyor. İnanmıyorsanız, pencerenizden dışarı bir bakın.

Kitleyi suçlamaktansa, bu sefer, argümanları geliştirip ilerletmeyi, hatta muhatap olduğumuz topluma uyarlamayı denemenin zamanı gelmiştir.

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Asıl mesele bu vahşetin ve mantıksızlığın arkasındaki irade, yani devlet ve devlet benzeri otorite ve idare mekanizmalarıdır. Et tarımının ekolojik olarak sürdürülebilir olmamasından tutun da, et/süt çiftçilerine verilen teşvikler, kredi afları, vergi indirimleri gibi global ekonomik trendler, et sanayini ayakta tutmaya çalışmaktadır. Dolayısıyla, kurban da et sanayi de küreseldir.

Nasıl, bireyleri silah almamaya, silah kullanmamaya ikna etmek savaşları ve orduları engellemiyorsa, tikel ve bireysel manada vejetaryenlerin sayısını ikiye katlamak da et sanayisini yok etmeyecektir. Bu çok açık.

Hemen her hippi hareket gibi, otobur hareket de ‘otkökü’ (grassroot) örgütlenmeyi yanlış anlamış ve odağını sadece ve sadece otobur insan sayısını, kafa sayısı olarak arttırmaya yöneltmiştir. Ancak, gıda politikaları, hükümet politikaları, lobi örgütleri gibi güç odaklarının, otobur politikaları ezip geçtiği, korkakça göz ardı edilmektedir. Ilımlı olalım hadi, otobur sayısını arttırmaya yönelik eylemlilikler, kitlesel ve küresel politikaları değiştirmeye yönelik politikalarla dengelenmelidir.

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Otobur hareketin demek ki kullanacağı en önemli argüman, kapitalizmin bizatihi tanımından gelen bir argüman olmalıdır. O da şudur: Et sanayisi bu işi, et yemenin faydalarına inandığı için değil, kar getirdiği için yapıyor. Dolayısıyla, liberal argümanları anımsayalım, nasıl Burger King vejetaryen hamburger satmaya başladıysa, Maret’i de et ürünü dışında bir şeyler satmaya, yavaş yavaş et sahasından çıkmaya ikna etmek mümkün. Bunun en önemli yolu da, gene kapitalist sistemde bu şirketlerin yararlandığı teşviklerin, kredilerin ve vergi indirimlerinin kaldırılmasıdır. Et, gerçek fiyatına satılınca, bir nevi yukarıdaki dördüncü argümanın bir yansıması olarak, et tüketimi azalacaktır. Bu işe yarayan ve kitlesel bir argümandır. Nasıl herkes havyar yemiyorsa, kitlesel olarak kuzu budu yemek için bir gerekçe yoktur ekonomik olarak. Zira, madem kapitalist bir yaşama mahkumuz, bunu tam kapitalistçe yapalım, devlet desteğini, kamu fonlarını et ve yan sanayisine akıtılmasına engel olalım.

Aceleci bir yorum, bu yaklaşımın kapitalizmi olumladığı intibası yaratacaktır. Kibarca, kapitalizmi kendi kurallarıyla alt etmek olarak yorumlayacağımız bu stratejinin politik ve ahlaki meşruluğunu tartışma lüksümüzün, vaziyetin aciliyeti düşünüldüğünde, var olmadığını hissetmeye başlıyorum. Politik doğruluk çabamızın, verimli bir politik hareketin oluşmasını ve hedeflerine erişmesini engellemesine izin verme hakkımız artık yok.

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Dini manada ise, bilhassa kurban bayramı düşünüldüğünde, elbette bu argüman işe yaramayacak. Ne kadar pahalı olursa olsun, maddi yükünü bölüşerek de olsa, insanlar kurban kesmeye devam edecek. Öykünün mantıksızlığına inansalar da, sosyal kabulün ağırlığı artık eskisi gibi olmasa da, kurban kesmeye devam etmek isteyen hatırı sayılır bir çoğunluk var ve var olmaya devam edecek.

Benim görebildiğim kadarıyla, kuru kalabalıkların dini aktivitelere iştirakının iki temel nedeni var. Biri sosyal kabul görme ihtiyacı, ikincisi de Pascal’ın terazisi diyebileceğimiz meşhur argüman.

Dolayısıyla, başarı uman her hareketin bu iki noktaya dair söyleyebileceği bir şeyler olmalıdır. Kurban kesmenin sosyal kabulünün azaltılmasının en önemli yolu, kurbanın kesiminin kolaylaşmasını sağlayan faktörlerin, örneğin kamunun sokakta kurban kesilmesini hoş görmesi, ilgası için çalışmaktır. Bu yazıda, bu idari meseleye çok değinmek istemiyorum.

Asıl değinmek istediğim, Pascal’ın terazisinin kurban bayramında nasıl bu kadar verimli bir şekilde işlediği. Pascal’ın terazisi, imanlı olmayı ve imanlı olmamayı terazinin iki kefesine koyup tartmamızı salık veren argümanın adıdır. Bu argümana göre, önümüzde bir kaç ihtimal var. Eğer imanlı değilseniz eğer ve yanılırsanız (yani iman etmeniz gerektiği halde iman etmiyorsanız), cezanız büyük olacaktır, zira cehennem sizi beklemektedir. İmanlı değilseniz ve haklıysanız (yani tanrı yoksa), kazancınız minimaldir, bu dünyada dini aktivitelerden sakınmış olmanızın sefasını ve gururunu sürersiniz. Eğer imanlıysanız ve yanılırsanız (yani tanrı yoksa), kaybınız yine minimaldir. Tanrının varlığını kabul etmenin yükünü çekmişsinizdir ve ibadete zaman harcamışsınızdır. Eğer imanlıysanız ve haklıysanız, öte yandan, kazancınız maksimumdur zira cennette ebediyen sefa süreceksinizdir. Bu ihtimalleri karşılaştırdığımızda, en mantıklı seçim imanlı olmaktır, zira en az riski alıp, en büyük kazancı hedeflemişizdir – tanrı olsa da olmasa da. İmansızsanız, belki kazancınız o kadar büyük değildir, ancak kaybınız olma ihtimali büyüktür. Hele kaybederseniz, cezanız da büyüktür.

Kurban vahşetinin ardındaki en önemli argümanlardan biri, hatta belki en öne çıkanı, bence Pascal’ın terazisidir. Zira, kurban kesenin aslında reel bir kaybı yoktur. Allah yoksa, kurban vardır ve insanlar et yiyecektir. Allah varsa, eh kurban yine vardır ve insanlar hem et yiyecek, üstüne üstlük de sevap kazanacaktır, hatta sevabın ötesinde konu komşuya, fakire fukaraya et dağıtmış olmanın huzuru da bünyeye intikal edecektir. Kurban, kolay ve basit bir şey olduğu için riski azdır, mezbahanın toplumsal kabul gördüğü toplumlarda. Dolayısıyla, tanrı eğer, koyun değil de, Eski Yunan mitlerindeki gibi genç kız kurban etmeyi emretseydi, başarı şansı çok daha az olurdu (Hoş, bu topraklarda yılda 1200’ü aşkın kadının namus cinayetlerine kurban edildiği düşünüldüğünde, bu argüman pek de gerçekçi olmuyor, farkındayım).

Dolayısıyla tüm mesele, kurbanın değerinin az olmasından kaynaklanmaktadır. Riski düşük, bir ihtimal mükafatı büyük bir eylemdir kurban kesmek. Bu nedenle otobur hareket, bu noktayı hedef almadıkça başarıya ulaşamaz.

Demek ki yapılması gereken ya mükafatın büyük olduğu mitinin yıkılması ya da düşük riskin, yani düşük fiyatın arttırılmasıdır.

Birinci hedef, cennet/sevap mitinin yıkılmasıdır. Bunun bir kaç yolu var. İlki, ateist hareketin ilerlemesi için çabalamaktır. Zira, İslam’ın şartlarından biri olan kurbanın terk edilmesini talep etmek, ateist hareketin amaçlarıyla nispeten örtüşmektedir. Bunu korkakça bir şekilde ortaya koymanın doğal tedirginliğini atmak için, ateizmin cesaretlendirici tezlerinden faydalanmak elzemdir.

Kuşkusuz, sivri dilli politikalar, kitleyi hareketten soğutacaktır. Ancak, argümanların net ve tereddütsüz olması, bunların sert ve küstah bir dille ifade edilmesini gerektirmemektedir. Kısacası, tüm bu iddialar rahatlıkla kibarca dile getirilebilir. Bunun nasıl yapılacağını bilmiyorum, ama eminim bir bilen vardır.

İkinci nokta ise ciddi bir politik irade gerektirmektedir. Zira ikinci nokta, ‘halkımızın et yemesine’ karşı çıkan, Türk halkının köylü/çiftçi kimliğini reddeden, modernist bir argümandır. Et yetiştireceğine, soya yetiştir de tofu yapalım dediğiniz vakit bir reaksiyonla karşılaşacağınız çok açık.

Gerçekten bu kadar açık mı bu reaksiyon? Çay bitkisinin, muzun, kivinin, tütünün bu topraklara gelmesi acaba böyle bir reaksiyon yarattı mı? Şu anda mutfağınızda bulunan yiyeceklerin çoğunun (domates, patates vs) 16.-17. yüzyıldan önce Avrupa’da bulunmadığını dahi düşünürseniz, aslında çözümün o kadar da uzakta olmadığını görebiliriz. Kapitalistin silahını, kapitaliste karşı kullanacaksak, eh madem aynı kazancı daha az riskle elde edeceğim, neden soya yetiştirmeyeyim, neden besi hayvancılığının dertleriyle uğraşayım, diyecek çiftçilere ihtiyacımız var. Memleketimin çiftçilerini organik tarıma ikna etmeye çalışan örgütler, kuşkusuz bu projede de yer almalıdır. ‘İnek yetiştireceğine, organik çilek yetiştir, derdin az olsun, paran çok’ tezini duyulur kılmalıyız. Zira, öyle ya da böyle organik tarıma geçebilecek çiftçiler yaratan ekonomik yapı, benzer bir zihniyetle, kar getiren bitkileri yetiştirmeye yönlendirilebilir.

Dahası, bu proje, farklı bir niyetle zaten yapılmakta. Soya tarımının şaşırtıcı bir şekilde yaygınlaşması, hatta hatta, ekolojik felakete neden olacak kadar saldırganlaşması, madalyonun arka yüzüdür. Bu soyanın çoğunun, fast food zincirlerinde et dolgusu olarak kullanıldığı, kalanının da besi hayvanlarına yem olarak verildiği düşünüldüğünde, bu soya tarımının aslında ‘tarım’ olmadığı anlaşılır.

Elbette, bitki yetiştirelim derken, endüstriyel tarımın yarattığı ekolojik felakete çanak tutalım demiyorum. Bu noktanın altını belirgin bir şekilde çizmekte fayda var.

6.
Türkiye’nin ilk vejetaryen yemek kitabı mercimekçi teyze Ayşe Baysal’ın akademisyen öğrencileriyle yazdığı kitaptır. Mercimekçi Teyze’den hepimizin öğrendiği etin pahalı olduğu ve et yerine, mercimek ya da diğer bakliyatları yemenin denk olduğuydu. Hepimizin hafızasında, mercimekli karnıyarık, mercimekli börekler o yıllarda işlenmişti.

Ancak, Mercimekçi Teyze’den öğrenemediğimiz, etin pahalı olmasının nedeninin sadece Türkiye’nin rezil ekonomisi değil, et üretiminin iktisadi yapısı olduğuydu. Eğer ite kaka, eti ucuzlatmak için devlet desteği vb yöntemlerle bu katliam desteklenmezse, et, hiç olmazsa lüks tüketim mertebesine yükselecektir. Bu, iyi bir ilk adımdır. Zira, et, eski zamanlardaki gibi, ayda yılda bir yenen bir şeye indirgendiğinde, her ne kadar manevi değeri önce artsa da, modernist toplumlarda bu manevi değer, et tüketimini arttırmayacaktır.

Kısacası, ilk amaç, et tüketimi kolaylaştıran mekanizmaların önünü kesmektir – kah dini, kah iktisadi.

7.
Tüm bu iktisadi argümanlar, politik ve felsefi tezlerle desteklenmedikçe güçlenemeyecektir. İslam’ı eleştirmekten korkmayan otoburlara, otobur hareketle omuz omuza mücadele edebilecek ateist bir harekete ihtiyacımız var. Hep beraber dememiz gereken de şudur.

‘Allahınız koyun gönderdiyse, ben de koyunu kurtarmak için pırasa gönderiyorum!’

Kurban’ın bayramı ancak o zaman kutlanacaktır.

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Irish Republican Information Service (no. 305)

Date: 24 Deireadh Fómhair / October 2012
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In this issue:
1. UVF bomb bid on RSF Belfast office foiled
2. Probe into claims of UVF collusion
3. Six-County poor ‚living on the edge‘
4. RUC destroyed potential murder evidence
5. Two-tier system for children’s allowance criticized
6. Home helps protest at HSE’s swingeing cuts to services
7. Orange hall attacked
8. Union officials on ‘terrorism’ charges in Turkey
9. Angela Merkel’s Greece visit provokes clashes in Athens
10. Israeli activists detained on board the Estelle released
11. Israel calculated calorie needs for Gazans in 2008
12. Back-to-back bomb blasts in Baghdad
13. Pakistani schoolgirl flown to UK for treatment
1. UVF bomb bid on RSF Belfast office foiled
REPUBLICAN Sinn Féin was warned on Thursday, October 18 that the
UVF was planning to attack its office on the Falls Road, Belfast.
While this is not the first time the Republican Sinn Féin has been
warned of impending attacks by loyalist death squads, it makes it non
the less worrying.
It was reported on October 20 that the RUC/PSNI had discovered a
viable pipe bomb during a house search at Kitchener Street in the
Donegal Road area of South Belfast and that the that the “Sandy Row
UVF were planning an attack on dissident (sic) republicans in west
Belfast” namely the office of Republican Sinn Féin and one other
target.
The Sunday World said that the Republican Sinn Fein Offices on the
Falls Road were one of two targets discussed. The other was a bar in
the west of the city where it was alleged members of a so-called
dissident group were working as doormen.
2. Probe into claims of UVF collusion
AN investigation into alleged collusion between the RUC and senior
members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) was launched by the
British Police Ombudsman, reportedly on October 19.
Michael Maguire has established a team to examine why there have not
been charges or convictions over high-profile murders in the Shankill
Road, Belfast.
A statement said: “The Police Ombudsman’s Office has confirmed its
investigators are to examine allegations brought by a number of
families that police failed to properly investigate a series of fatal
shootings in north and west Belfast between 1989 and 2010.”
The most recent killing under investigation is that of 43-year-old
Bobby Moffett, who was shot dead in May 2010.
In its report, the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) at the
time said the murder of former loyalist prisoner Bobby Moffett had
been sanctioned by UVF leaders from the Shankill area.
It is understood the Ombudsman will look into claims that no-one has
been charged or convicted over the cases in question because informers
were being protected.
3. Six-County poor ‚living on the edge‘
A LEADING trade union figure said that the poor in the Six Occupied
Counties are “living on the edge of an abyss”. Peter Bunting,
Assistant General Secretary for ICTU, said that the British
government needs to change tack over planned austerity measures.
Over 1,000 public sector workers took part in a rally in Belfast on
Saturday, October 20, 2012, against the proposed measures.
The demonstration took place at the same time as rallies in London
and Glasgow.
Peter Bunting said the government needs to raise additional funding
by targeting the rich and well off – not the poor.
“We have people here today, general community people, who are
living on the edge – the edge of an abyss which they are going to
tumble into if the welfare bills go ahead, if the welfare cuts go
ahead.”
He added that what is needed is an “economic stimulus” which
results in real jobs being available for those coming off welfare or
unemployment benefit.
Pamela Dooley, UNISON senior official and Chair of the Northern
Committee of ICTU, said that it is time to confront the government
with “stark realities from which they cannot escape.
“Realities on which the people demand immediate and direct action.
Working class people in our society are dying prematurely. The
unemployed, and in particular those suffering long-term unemployment
are dying quicker than anyone else in this society.”
She continued: “As our suicide rates rise, low paid workers and
unemployed workers, particularly working class men, are taking their
own lives at a faster rate than any other group in our society.
“The Government response is to cut low-paid public sector jobs,
fail to create, or locate, decent jobs in our areas of greatest
disadvantage and once again to attack the benefits system supporting
our people.”
4. RUC destroyed potential murder evidence
A MOTHER whose teenage son was shot dead by the UVF in 1994, said
that her son’s clothes, which may have contained vital evidence, were
destroyed by the RUC.
Maria McShane from Keady, Co Armagh says she believes her son’s
murder files may have been incinerated as well, due to an asbestos
scare at an RUC barracks in Armagh.
Gavin McShane, 17, was playing a video game in a taxi depot in
Armagh when he was shot dead by the UVF on May 18, 1994.
In 2000, the RUC admitted in a letter to the McShane family that the
bloodstained clothes Gavin was wearing when he was killed were
destroyed, because they were considered “a health hazard” and „it
was the opinion of experts, the clothes were of no evidential value“.
Maria told UTV: “They took his clothes and then put them into an
incinerator and destroyed the evidence that was there.
“I know that DNA has moved on and there could have been one small
wee thing, but I will never get that chance to know that because they
took it on themselves to destroy my child’s clothes.”
The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) has examined the case and
concluded that there were “no new forensic opportunities in this
case” and that there were no new lines of enquiry.
Maria McShane claims she has been told by the HET that Gavin’s
murder file, along with thousands of others were destroyed when
asbestos was discovered in Gough barracks for Health and Safety
reasons, but has since been told this might not be the case.
5. Two-tier system for children’s allowance criticised
IN October the Single Parents Acting for the Rights of our Kids
campaign (SPARK) released the following statement:
“SPARK are strongly critical of the suggestion that a two tier
system will be introduced for Children’s Allowance. Although we
campaign for people parenting alone, we acknowledge the lack of
affordable childcare makes it difficult for all families. Children’s
allowance is usually necessary to subsidise childcare, without it,
many people will be forced out of employment. A reduction will not
just impact on lone parents but on struggling middle income earners
too.
“According to a report by the EU and OECD, „lone parents, who are
usually in poor-paying jobs are left with just 20% of their income to
cover costs after paying for childcare. In the report, a single parent
would need to be in the top 20% of earners in the country to ensure
their children cannot be classed as being in poverty or at risk of
poverty — the worst rate in the developed world.
“Couples in poor-paying jobs also fare badly, being left with just
60% of their income after childcare costs. This is the worst after the
US in the OECD list.“ (Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner October 2, 2012).
“It is unfair to compare relatively high children’s allowance with
other countries, whilst not including all these other factors.
Consistently, all reports indicate that families with children are
faring the worst during these tough economic times. We agree that
targeting resources to those in most need is necessary, but that can
be done by increasing taxes on high earnings rather than
de-constructing the universality and equality of the payment to all
children. We would further argue that any reduction will negatively
impact on the local economies as this money is mainly spent in local
communities.
“We are disappointed with some children’s organisations that agree
more modest payments are needed when they are aware of the increase in
child poverty rates in Ireland and must understand any reduction will
increase these rates.”
SPARK campaigner Louise Bayliss said „”Children are the least
culpable members of this recession, yet increasingly they are bearing
the brunt of the cutbacks. They may not have the voting power of other
dependent groups, but is that anyway to force so many into
deprivation.”
SPARK (Single Parents Acting for the Rights of our Kids) is a
diverse group of people parenting alone, who came together after
Budget 2012 to fight against the attack on our families. We are
determined to ensure that our children are treated equally and can
have a happy and safe childhood.
6. Home helps protest at HSE’s swingeing cuts to services
UP to 400 home helps working for the not-for-profit sector and the
HSE protested in Dublin on October 17, 2012 against cuts to hours and
pay as well as Health Service Executive moves to privatise the
home-help service.
Earlier this year the HSE cut 600,000 hours from the 10 million
home-help hours provided annually and earlier this month (October)
confirmed it would be implementing a further cut of about 450,000
hours by year end.
People traveled from across the country to protest, where there were
also protests throughout the month in several counties. Many people
outlined at these meetings the personal cost to the people there
assist and to themselves.
John Hancox, from Cavan, said he had lost one of the 9½ hours per
week of home help. He is blind and wheelchair-bound. “I have no one
coming to me now on Thursday morning. I can’t cook because I’m
blind. I am absolutely worried about more cuts,” he said.
Ann Kelly, a home help from Ballyfermot, Dublin, was there with her
sister Georgina Kelly and brother Seán Kelly, both of whom are also
home helps. All work for the not-for-profit Ballyfermot Home Help
organisation.
Ms Kelly said her hours had been cut over the past year as clients
moved into long-term care or died. “The hours aren’t being
replaced because any new clients now are being given to Comfort
Keepers.”
On October 20, 200 home helps took to the streets of Letterkenny,
Donegal, to protest against the cuts. SIPTU and IMPACT union members
ran a soup kitchen at the Market Square in Letterkenny for people
attending the demonstration. More protests planned next week by SIPTU
and the home helps campaigns.
7. Orange hall attacked
AN Orange hall in Co Antrim was damaged in an arson attack on
October 22 – the fourth time the property has been targeted this
year.
Tyres were set against the front door of Glenavy Protestant Hall in
Main Street and set alight, destroying the doors of the hall and
causing extensive smoke damage inside the building.
The attack is the second on the hall since August and the fourth
this year.
An Orange Order spokesman said the latest attack appeared to be part
of „an ongoing campaign“ against the organisation in south Antrim.
„Given the recent spate of attacks on Orange property across the
province, we would urge the police to devote more resources towards
the prevention and detection of such hate crime against the
Protestant community,“ the spokesman said.
8. Union officials on ‘terrorism’ charges in Turkey
International trade unions support worker’s rights.
ON October 4, 2012, sixty-nine members of the Confederation of
Public Sector Workers’ Unions (KESK), including 15 women, stood
trial on in Ankara on ‘terrorism’ charges for merely engaging in
legitimate trade union work.
The International Trade Union Conference (ITUC) strongly condemns
this flagrant violation of trade union rights in Turkey. This is part
of a clear strategy from the authorities to bring the union to its
knees.
As has appeared on numerous occasions during the years under the
rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), anyone involved in
opposition to the authorities risks facing harsh repression. Very
often, accusations of terrorism are used to fight trade unions and
other activists. So far, however, the first link between Turkey’s
trade unions and any real or perceived terrorist organisation has yet
to be found. In 2011, the ITUC already protested against the misuse of
Turkey’s anti-terrorism laws, when 25 members of teachers’ union
Egitim Sen were sentenced to six years’ and five months’
imprisonment by the Izmir Criminal Court.
KESK is not the only trade union centre facing anti-union policy in
Turkey. TURK-Is affiliates have been harassed with financial audits,
and members of DISK have been arrested and remain in prison to date.
Other opposition groups also face persecution: at least 80
journalists are currently in jail, many of them accused of membership
in terrorist organisations.
“The strategy of the Turkish government has become very clear,”
said Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary. “Their main objective
is to weaken the trade union movement. Abusing the legal system to
attempt to destroy the unions is of course unacceptable. Trade
unionists should have the right to play their legitimate role without
fear of being sent to prison.”
The evidence held against those who stand trial is at best flimsy:
participation in trade union events and activities (of which photos
and videos are being kept on file as „proof“), attending
demonstrations or press conferences, participating in strikes,
printouts of anonymous reports, illegally tapped phone calls that
merely concern trade union-related issues etc.
Of all 69 leaders of KESK none have ever been involved in any action
related to or resulting in any violence whatsoever. The ITUC, ETUC,
EI, EPSU and others in the international Labour movement are very
concerned that they will be sent to prison as terrorists merely
because they stand up for the rights of Turkish public sector
workers, including those belonging to minority groups.
9. Angela Merkel’s Greece visit provokes clashes in Athens
ANGELA Merkel told Greece that the worst of its financial crisis was
over but a brief trip by the German leader provoked violent clashes
and scenes of mayhem on the streets of Athens.
Tens of thousands gathered at the barricades of a massive police
operation to protect the German Chancellor as she met with Greek
leaders who are searching for a new package of budget cuts to secure
bail-out funds largely underwritten by the German taxpayer.
The centre-Right Angela Merkel arrived in Athens with the state
plane flying the flags of both Greece and Germany.
The gesture set a tone of understanding and humility from the German
camp but failed to make a dent in the wave of anger directed at the
woman blamed for pushing Greece ever deeper into depression.
The message sent to Angela Merkel from the streets was unremittingly
bleak.
Banners screamed: „Angela, Save the world, Kill Yourself“ and „Out
with the Fourth Reich“.
10. Israeli activists detained on board the „Estelle“ released
THE Israeli navy intercepted a boat of pro-Palestinian activists
trying to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip – tightened after
Hamas came to power in 2007.
The Finnish-flagged Estelle left Naples on 7 October 7, 2012, with
some 20 people of eight different nationalities aboard.
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) boarded the ship 30 nautical miles
off the coast of Gaza on October 20 activists said, and was then
being taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod.
The Estelle, which is reportedly carrying a cargo including cement
and medical supplies, is the latest vessel to try and break the Gaza
blockade.
It comes two years after nine Turkish activists were killed in an
Israeli navy raid on the Mavi Marmara, one of a flotilla of ships
attempting to break the blockade.
Palestinians say Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip amounts to
collective punishment to residents of the densely populated strip of
land along the Mediterranean coast.
The Greek, Italian and Spanish citizens who were on the Estelle were
released as was an Israeli activists after being detained and charged.
Jim Manly, former Canadian MP and retired United Church Minister,
continues to be detained in Israel with many of the other crew
members.
Released Israeli activist Elik Elhanan said that “excessive force
was used against us, without any reason. Electric shocks by taser out
of vengeful hatred.”
A Greek MP was beaten by Shabak Security Service interrogators:
“I am now on my way home, but I keep thinking of my shipmates, my
fellow activists from abroad who are still imprisoned under harsh
conditions and undergo interrogation by the Shabak Security Service,
among them Parliament Members from several countries,“ said Elik
Elhanan, one of the Israeli activists who had sailed aboard the
Gaza-bound Swedish ship Estelle.
On October 20, the court ordered his release and that of two other
detained Israelis, Yonatan Shapira and Reut Mor.
“At first they tried to charge us with all kinds of very serious
felonies, such as ‘aiding the enemy’. The court rejected this out
of hand. Today they tried a article on the law books called
‘Attempted infiltration into a part of the Land of Israel which is
not part of the State of Israel’ (sic). But the court threw out
this charge, too.”
The detained activists were represented by Attorney Gaby Lasky and
her team, who have considerable experience with Human Rights cases.
The released detainees were cheerfully greeted by peace activists
who arrived at the courtroom, among them Elik Elhanan’s parents -
Rami Elhanan and Nurit Peled-Elhanan, who is the daughter of the late
Major General Matti Peled. Smadar Elhanan, Elik’s sister, was killed
in a suicide bombing at the center of Jerusalem – a harsh
experience which made surviving family members all the more
determined to strive for peace between Israel and the Palestinians,
so as to prevent further casualties on either side.
“I have gone though difficult days, but I certainly do not regret
sailing on that boat. I knew what I was getting into“ said Elik
Elhanan. „During the voyage I made a special contact with Evangelis,
a Member of the Greek Parliament who sailed with us. When the Naval
Commandos came aboard and while we were blocking their way to the
bridge, Evangelis told me we have generated in him a love for the
people of Israel and a hope for a better future in the Middle East.
Shortly afterwards they separated us.
“Yesterday evening, when they put Dror Feiler in our cell, he told
us that Evangelis had been beaten by the Shabak interrogators. The
Shabak lied shamelessly to the Consuls and representatives of foreign
countries, telling them that their citizens and MPs were being treated
well.”
Dror Feiler, who was born in Israel and whose mother Pnina lives in
Kibbutz Yad Hana, gave up his Israeli citizenship after moving to
Stockholm, and was therefore separated most of the time from the
Israeli detainees.
“They used a completely disproportional amount of force against
us“ continues Elhanan. “When the Navy arrived to take us over,
Yonatan Shapira counted no less than fifteen vessels surrounding us
on all sides. Large and small ships and boats, a ship carrying a
helicopter, as well as the Zodiacs of the Naval Commandos. Fifteen
armed naval vessels against one small civilian boat carrying games
for the children of Gaza. We must have disturbed very much the Navy
and those who give orders to the Navy.
“When they came aboard and we blocked their way, the soldiers knew
exactly who I was. They shouted in Hebrew: ‚Elhanan, you will pay for
your Leftism!‘ and used the taser to give me electric shocks. Even
after they completed their takeover of the boat, they continued to
use the taser and administer more shocks. But if they think they
could deter me and those who sailed with me, they are mistaken. The
siege of Gaza is an ongoing crime and it must be ended. We will
continue the struggle.”

Elik Elhanan, info@gush-shalom.org [3]
International pressure following the deadly 2010 interception led to
a very slight easing of food products into Gaza, but made no
noticeable difference to the lives of the Palestinians who are living
in abject poverty.
The movement of people and construction materials – such as cement
and steel cables – is still heavily restricted, weapons and military
materials is banned, along with dual-use materials such as
fertilisers and certain chemicals.
Fishermen may only operate in a strip of water up to three nautical
miles from the shore. There have been several incidents of fishermen
being fired on by the Israeli navy when they nose outside the three
mile limit, which severely restricts their ability to make any sort
of a living from fishing.
11. Israel calculated calorie needs for Gazans in 2008
ISRAELI authorities blockading the Gaza Strip in 2008 went so far as
to calculate how many calories would be needed to avert a humanitarian
disaster in the impoverished Palestinian territory, according to a
newly declassified military document on October 17, 2012.
The Israeli advocacy group Gisha, which aims to protect the rights
of Palestinian residents, waged a long court battle to release the
document. Its members say Israel calculated the calorie needs for
Gaza’s population so as to restrict the quantity of food it allowed
in and that “The official goal of the policy was to wage ‚economic
warfare‘ which would paralyse Gaza’s economy and, according to the
defence ministry, create pressure on the Hamas government.”
Israel imposed the blockade after identifying Gaza as a “hostile
territory” in September 2007, following the takeover by Hamas.
Israel said the blockade was necessary to weaken Hamas but it also
said that it intended severe restrictions on civilians.
Critics say the blockade constituted collective punishment against
Gaza’s population of more than 1.5 million
In the January 2008 document, Israel determined how to ensure it
kept within the World Health Organization guidelines. It broke down
the calorie allocation by various food groups, aged and gender groups
and in minute details.
In a government resolution on the blockade, Israel called for
restrictions on the movement of civilians and goods in and out of the
territory and to reduce the supply of fuel and electricity.
Israel controls the only official cargo crossings into Gaza, and
greatly limited the flow of goods into the territory following the
Hamas takeover.
Gisha’s director, Sari Bashi, said official military documents from
that period indicate that the Israeli guidelines on calorie intake
were in fact the basis of policy.
For example, the guidelines recommend allowing 300 calves into Gaza
each week to fulfill the territory’s meat needs. In a September 2008
court case, the government rejected a request by an importer to bring
more calves into Gaza, saying 300 animals were sufficient, using an
identical figure from the guidelines.
In a US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks last year, American
diplomats quoted their Israeli colleagues as saying the blockade was
meant to push the area’s economy “to the brink of collapse”.
The embargo crippled Gaza’s economy and wiped out tens of thousands
of jobs by banning raw materials and suffocating trade. Gaza also
frequently suffered from shortages of basic consumer goods.
To combat the blockade, Hamas built a network of tunnels through
which they smuggled in food, weapons and other contraband from Egypt
at inflated prices.
In Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said the document was
“evidence that the Gaza blockade was planned and the target was not
Hamas or the government, as the occupation always claimed. This
blockade targeted all human beings … this document should be used
to trial the occupation for their crimes against the humanity in
Gaza”.
12. Back-to-back bomb blasts in Baghdad
BACK-to-back bomb blasts in a crowded Baghdad market near a Shiite
shrine killed at least 11 people on October 19, 2012.
The bombings happened within about a minute of each other and the
blasts struck about 500 metres from a shrine where two revered Imams
are buried, damaging nearby shops and buildings.
“It was a busy time for shopping, so there were a lot of people
around,” said Ahmed Naseer, the owner of a stationery shop nearby.
“When I came out, I saw burning carts and merchant stalls, and
children crying and women screaming out of fear. The whole place was
full of panic.”
Officials said at least 35 people were wounded in the attack but
others claim that 80 were injured. Fifteen people were killed in the
last 24 hours in Iraq.
A day of national mourning was held in Lebanon on Saturday, October
20 amid opposition protests over the bombing in Beirut.
The dead included internal intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan, who
was close to the anti-Syrian opposition.
Protesters blocked roads in Beirut and other cities.
No group claimed to have carried out the attack. Mr Hassan -
described by officials as the main target – had close links with
opposition leader Saad Hariri, a leading critic of the government in
neighbouring Syria. On March 14, Mr Hariri issued a statement
accusing the Beirut government of protecting „criminals“ and calling
on it to stand down. „We accuse Bashar al-Assad of the assassination
of Wissam al-Hassan, the guarantor of the security of the Lebanese,“
Mr Hariri said on Lebanese TV.
Mr Hassan led an investigation that implicated Damascus in the 2005
bombing that killed Mr Hariri’s father, former Prime Minister Rafik
Hariri.
He also recently organised the arrest of a former minister accused
of planning a Syrian-sponsored bombing campaign in Lebanon.
Similar protests are being held in Sidon in the south, Tripoli in
the north and in the Bekaa Valley in the east.
13. Pakistani schoolgirl flown to UK for treatment
A PAKISTANI schoolgirl, shot in the head by the Taliban was flown to
Britain for treatment on October 15.
Malala Yousufzai was shot and seriously wounded on October 9 as she
was leaving her school in her hometown in the Swat valley, northwest
of the capital, Islamabad. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying
her promotion of education for girls was pro-Western and she had
opposed them.
The schoolgirl has become a symbol of resistance against the
Taliban’s efforts to deprive girls of an education.
The Pakistani Taliban took over Malala’s native Swat Valley in 2009
after reaching an agreement with the government, which gave them de
facto control of the area. They imposed the Taliban’s austere version
of Islam there, blowing up girls‘ schools and publicly executing those
deemed immoral.
However Malala continued speaking out despite the danger and as her
fame grew, the Taliban started publishing death threats in newspapers
and slipped them under her door.
She ignored their threats, and the Taliban says that is why it sent
assassins, despite a tribal code forbidding the killing of women.
Malala, when she was just 11-year-old wrote a blog under a pen name
for the BBC about living under the rule of the Pakistani Taliban.
Malala had spent many sleepless nights kept awake by gunfire, had
been forced to flee her home with her two younger brothers and walked
past the headless bodies of those who defied the Taliban.
Recently, Malala had started to organise a fund to make sure poor
girls could go to school, said Ahmed Shah, a family friend and
chairman of the Swat Private Schools Association.
“She had planned on making the Malala Education Foundation in
Swat,” Shah said, adding that the Taliban used to print threats
against her in the newspaper.
Doctors are hopeful she will make a full recovery.
ENDS
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Republican Sinn Féin
International Relations Bureau
Sinn Féin Poblachtach Roinn Gnóthaí Idirnáisiúnta
Web: http://www.rsf-international.org

Selahattin Demirtaş Diyarbakır E Tipi Cezaevi önünde yaptığı açıklama

Açlık grevleri yayılıyor

PKK‘li ve PAJK‘lı tutsakların başlattığı süresiz-dönüşümsüz açlık grevi eylemine Adana, Mersin, Bursa, Tokat ve Rize‘deki cezaevlerinde bulunan 7’si çocuk 23 tutsak daha katıldı. Diyarbakır E Tipi Cezaevi‘nde 43 gündür açlık grevinde bulunan 11 kadın tutsağın sağlık durumunun ise kötüye gittiği öğrenildi.

Türk cezaevlerinde PKK’li ve PAJK’lı tutsakların 12 Eylül’den bu yana sürdürdükleri süresiz-dönüşümsüz açlık grevi eylemine 23 tutsak daha katıldı. PKK Lideri Abdullah Öcalan‘ın sağlık, güvenlik ve özgürlük şartlarının yerine getirilmesi ile Kürtlerin demokratik taleplerinin kabul edilmesi amacıyla başlatılan açlık grevi eylemlerine katılanlardan Mersin E Tipi Kapalı Cezaevi‘nde bulunan 9 tutsaktan 7’sinin çocuk olduğu bildirildi. Açlık grevine başlayan tutsakların isimlerinin şunlar olduğu öğrenildi;

-Adana Kürkçüler F Tipi Kapalı Cezaevi‘nde 15 Ekimde; Yılmaz Kahraman, İsa Kilvan, Kenan Yıldızbakan, Haşim Dölek ve Şemsettin Gergin.

-Bursa H Tipi Kapalı Cezaevi‘nde 15 Ekim‘de; Osman Kılavuz, Hüseyin Beyaz, Samet Aydemir ve Ayhan Dağ.

-Rize Kalkandere L Tipi Kapalı Cezaevi‘nde 16 Ekim‘de; Sedat Oğul ve Sedat Can. Kalkandere Cezaevi‘nde daha önceden de 8 tutsak açlık grevine başladıklarını duyurmuştu. Açlık grevinde bulunan tutsakların tek kişilik dar hücrelerde tutulduğu ve hastaneye sevk gibi taleplerinin cezaevi idaresi tarafından engellendiği öğrenildi.

-Mersin E Tipi Kapalı Cezaevi‘nde 19 Ekim‘de; H.A., O.B., M.K., H.A., S.S., K.S. ve P.E. isimli çocuk tutsakların yanı sıra Gıyasettin Yalçın ve Sait Kaya.

-Tokat Cezaevi‘nde 23 Eki‘mde; Halil Dağ, Celal Binici, Halil İbrahim Çelikdemir.

DİYARBAKIR’DAKİ 11 KADIN TUTSAĞIN DURUMU KÖTÜYE GİDİYOR

Öte yandan açlık grevi eylemini başlatan ilk grup içinde yer alan ve 12 Eylül‘den bu yana Diyarbakır E Tipi Cezaevi‘nde açlık grevinde bulunan 11 kadın tutsağa ilişkin alınan bilgilere göre, tutsakların sağlığının gün geçtikçe kötüye gittiği öğrenildi. 43 gündür açlık grevinde bulunan tutsakların isimleri ve yaşadıkları sağlık sorunları şöyle;

-Sara Aktaş: Baş dönmesi, halsizlik, eklem ve baş ağrıları, yürümekte zorlanma, kusma, ses ve kokuya karşı aşırı hassasiyet, düzensiz tansiyon düşmesi ya da yükselmesi, uykusuzluk.

-Herdem Kızılkaya: Baş dönmesi, halsizlik, eklem ve baş ağrıları, düzensiz tansiyon düşmesi ya da yükselmesi, kilo kaybı, içecek almada zorlanma, uykusuzluk.

-Zeynep Kaplan: Halsizlik, düzensiz tansiyon düşmesi ya da yükselmesi, kilo kaybı, baş ve eklem ağrıları, ishal.

-Besime Konca: Baş dönmesi, halsizlik, eklem ve baş ağrıları, gözaltı kapaklarının morarması, uykusuzluk.

-Nihayet Taşdemir: Halsizlik, kilo kaybı, düzensiz tansiyon düşmesi ya da yükselmesi, nefes almada zorlanma, mide bulantısı.

-Mizgin Arı: Baş dönmesi, baş ve eklem ağrıları, düzensiz tansiyon düşmesi ya da yükselmesi.

-Teybet Belge: Halsizlik, baş ve eklem ağrısı, kilo kaybı ve ishal.

-Pero Dündar: Baş ve eklem ağrısı, ses ve kokuya karşı aşırı hassasiyet, uykusuzluk, kusma, içecek almada zorlanma, düzensiz tansiyon düşmesi ya da yükselmesi.

-Seve Demir: Baş ve eklem ağrıları, ses ve kokuya karşı aşırı hassasiyet, burun kanaması, düzensiz tansiyon düşmesi ya da yükselmesi.

-Elif Ekinci: Baş dönmesi, kilo kaybı, halsizlik, düzensiz tansiyon düşmesi ya da yükselmesi.

-Ayşe Irmak: Baş dönmesi, halsizlik, düzensiz tansiyon düşmesi ya da yükselmesi, kilo kaybı.

ANF

Irish Republican Information Service (no. 304)

Internet resources maintained by SAOIRSE-Irish Freedom

http://saoirse.info [2]

In this issue:
1. Abolishing councils marks power grab by Dublin elite
2. Martin Corey supporter jailed
3. Michael Flannery Awards Dinner held in New York
4. Hunger strike martyr Thomas Ashe remembered
5. POW picket and public meeting in Galway
6. Family escape injury in Newtownards sectarian arson attack
7. US court blocks handover of Boston College tapes
8. Prominent Provisionals named
9. Former Special Branch officers in charge of redacting ‘shoot to
kill’ files
10. Families challenge ‚justified killing‘ verdict
11. Loughinisland relatives to sue RUC over collusion in shooting
12. Republican Sinn Féin member raided in Belfast
13. RUC „great until ceasefire“
1. Abolishing councils marks power grab by Dublin elite
“THE decision of the 26-County Environment Minister Phil Hogan to
abolish all borough and town councils marks a decisive shift in the
balance of power between local communities and the Dublin
administration,” according to Des Dalton, President of Republican
Sinn Féin on October 19.

The statement continued: “The 26-County State, already one of the
most highly centralised states in Europe according to Dr Jane Suiter
of Dublin City University, has increased further the imbalance of
power between the Dublin administration and the people. This comes on
top of the relentless power grab of the EU political elite at a
national level. The cumulative effect is to place ever increasing
power in the hands of small and in many cases unaccountable political
elites in Dublin and Brussels while disenfranchising people on the
ground.
“Republican Sinn Féin identified this imbalance in power
relations over 40 years ago and forecast that it would only worsen.
Through Éire Nua we put forward a credible alternative to what was
then and is clearly now a dysfunctional political system.

“The type of real decentralisation of decision making from
national to provincial, local level as advocated by Éire Nua has
never been as relevant or as necessary as it is today. Éire Nua
would empower people in a tangible way, ensuring that they, and not
an unaccountable elite would make the political, social and economic
decisions that directly affected them and their communities.”

http://thesingingflamedesdalton.blogspot.com/ [3]

http://www.rsf-kildare.ie/ [4]
2. Martin Corey supporter jailed
A Lurgan man who took part in a protest in January 2011 demanding
the release of interned Republican Martin Corey from Maghaberry Jail,
was arrested at his home and taken to Maghaberry jail on Saturday
October 13, 2012.

Martin Duffy attended the rally in Lurgan, which was supported by up
to 300 people at times, was subsequently arrested and charged with
‘participating and organising’ what the PSNI/RUC claimed was an
illegal march.

The march was a peaceful one throughout and the only illegal act
pertaining to this is the illegal way in which Martin Corey is being
held in jail on with no recourse to justice.

Martin was one of many who were fined for taking part in the march
and because he refused to pay the fine he spent a week in jail He was
also fined for taking part in an Easter Commemoration in Lurgan last
year, a fine he also refused to pay. The fines in total came to
£1,200.

Martin was locked-down in what in commonly called the committal
wing, well away from Roe House where Martin Corey is incarcerated,
for 23-hours a day, with just one hour exercise in the yard. It took
three days to organise phone call facilities and he was unable to
shower for the whole week.

Martin Corey is still interned in Maghaberry jail despite a court
ordering his release in July.

Full details on: http://www.releasemartincorey.com/ [5]
3. Michael Flannery Awards Dinner held in New York
UP TO100 people gathered at Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers to celebrate
Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta’s 2012 Honorees at the 17th Annual
Michael Flannery Testimonial Awards Dinner.

Maggie Trainor was MC of the event. Entertainment was provided by
the talented Peadar Ó Hic and Donie Ryan, who were joined on
bodhrán by long-time Republican activist Gerry Enright in performing
traditional Irish ballads. John McManus of the Tyrone Pipe Band once
again lent his services as piper to commemorate the cause of Irish
Freedom.

The event opened with a moving tribute to Brian Mór Ó Baoighill
and Barney Mulligan, both of whom passed away this past year, by John
McDonagh of Radio Free Éireann . Brian Mór’s contributions to the
Michael Flannery Testimonial Awards Dinner have become a staple over
these many years. Whether through his personalised awards, his wit as
co-MC of the Dinner, or his knowledge of history, his loss marks the
end of an era for the Dinner, and he will be sorely missed by all.
What Bernie did for the visual arts, Barney did for words, and his
poetic works have become considered an open window into the heart and
soul of a true Irish Republican.

The Michael and Pearl Flannery “Spirit of Freedom” Award was
accepted by Liam Ó Murchadha on Kathleen “Terry”
O’Callaghan’s behalf as Terry was unable to attend the dinner.
Terry’s long history of involvement in the Irish Republican
Movement, both in the United States as well as Ireland, demonstrated
her remarkable dedication to the 32-County Republic. Terry’s quiet,
selfless role in the history of Republicanism not only helped make
possible today’s generation of Irish Republican activists, it also
provides a shining example.

Byron and Suzanne Heller received the Sr. Sarah Clarke Human Rights
Award from Vic Sackett. The Hellers’ unflagging devotion to a
united, peaceful, and free Ireland can be seen in all areas of their
lives. Always active in supporting the rights of political prisoners
in Ireland, Suzanne also served the cause of Irish Freedom as
Financial Officer and Chairperson of the Freedom For All Ireland
Committee for the Johnstown, PA Division of the Ladies Ancient Order
of Hibernians until it disbanded in 2011.

Noted actor, Irish historian, and fluent speaker of Irish and Welsh,
Brian Mallon received the Joseph Mary Plunkett Award from John
McDonagh as part of Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta’s Countdown to
2016 celebration in recognition of his cultural and activist work.
After some amusing recollections of his Irish Republican guerilla
theatrics from the ‘80s, Brian Mallon was presented with his award.
The audience was then treated to not only a memorable song accompanied
by Christine Quinlan Gordon, but two chapters from Brian’s upcoming
book Shane O’Neill: A Tale of Elizabethan England
(http://www.brianmallon.net/oneill_excerpts.html [6]).

Statements addressing the gathering were read by Brigid Farrell and
Joseph Flaherty from the Release Martin Corey Campaign, Ireland and
the Republican prisoners of war in Maghaberry jail, currently on
dirty protest for their human rights. There will be an open meeting
for those concerned about interned Irish political prisoners of
conscience Martin Corey, Gerry McGeough, and Marian Price on October
27th, 2012 at Rocky Sullivan’s in Red Hook, Brooklyn. More
information on the October 27th International Day of Action for
Republican POWs is available at
http://supportthepows.irish-solidarity.net [7]

Congratulations were extended to long-time friend of Cumann na
Saoirse Náisiúnta, Wayne Bartow, who will be presented The Lifetime
Achievement Award for his unwavering dedication to addressing cultural
inequities.

Pat Williams presented Séamus Ó Dubhda with a framed picture of
the Ballyseedy Memorial Monument with the Kerry Roll of Honour.
Séamus’s late brother Seán gave the oration when the monument was
first unveiled in 1959.

Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta wishes to thank everyone who attended;
took out ads in the journal; the owner and staff of Rory Dolan’s;
and the many volunteers who offered their talent and labor to make
this a successful dinner.

Video footage of the event will be available on www.irishfreedom.net
[8]
4. Hunger strike martyr Thomas Ashe remembered
ON Saturday, October 6 members of Republican Sinn Féin Kerry
gathered at the Thomas Ashe memorial Hall, Denny Street, Tralee to
mark the 95th anniversary of his death as a result of force-feeding
while on hunger strike in Mountjoy jail on September 25, 1917.

A wreath was laid on behalf of Republican Sinn Féin by Stephen
Brosnan, Kerry Chairperson.

The ceremony ended with a minute’s silence being observed in
memory of the 22 Irish hunger strike martyrs who have goven their
lives since 1917.
5. POW picket and public meeting in Galway
ON Saturday, October 13, 2012, a very successful picket and public
meeting took place in Galway in support of the Republican prisoners
in Maghaberry Jail, Co Antrim.

Protestors gathered at Ship Street with placards, banners, leaflets
and posters to highlight the plight of the Republican POWs on dirty
protest in Maghaberry, demanding an end to the criminalization policy
being implemented by the British government.

The men are demanding the implementation of the August 2010
Agreement which would see an end to forced full-body strip searching
and controlled movement and the implementation of free association.

The plight of Martin Corey, interned without charge or trial for
over two years and the internment by remand of several other
prisoners including Marian Price, was also highlighted.

At the public meeting in the Imperial Hotel following the picket,
Cáit Trainor, chairperson of the Martin Corey campaign outlined the
history of the incarceration of Martin Corey:

The release Martin Corey Committee was formed in April 2010 in
response to the internment of Veteran Republican Martin Corey from
Lurgan, Co. Armagh. For over two years, in fact two and half years
this month, we have worked to highlight the injustice of Martins
incarceration. I‘d like to start by thanking the organisers of this
event who have allowed us to come here today to inform you all of
Martins Case and why you should support the release of Martin Corey
campaign. I hope that after you listen to what I have to say you will
feel as passionate about securing Martins release as we do.

Martin Corey is a 63-year-old, he has a loving family and partner
and is a well respected and valued member of his local community. The
support he has received in his home town has been outstanding and is a
testament to the esteem in which he is held by all who know him.

Martin is a dedicated Republican and has been since his early years.
Martin joined the Republican Movement as a young man and in1973, along
with other Republicans, took part in an ambush in which three members
of the RUC were killed.

In the same year Martin at the age of 19 was given to a life
sentence. Martin spent the next 19 years in jail at a time when
increasing numbers of young men and women where incarcerated by the
British for their opposition to British Occupation. Martin was
released in June 1992. Martin did not sign any licence or agreement
for his release. His release predated the failed Belfast Agreement by
six years and so he was not subject to the conditions agreed upon with
that.

Many people have confused Martin’s release with that of the
prisoners who were released under the ‘Good Friday’ Stormont
Agreement and that is why I mention it here today. I think we must
clear up any confusion and lay facts and truth on the table.

Since 1992 Martin lived in Lurgan, he remained a dedicated
Republican. He established a small business, invested in a digger and
worked on behalf of the local community digging graves in the local
graveyard. Through his work Martin became a much valued member of his
community and at present is very much missed from the vital service
that he provided.

On April 16, 2010 Martin answered a knock at his door in the early
hours of the morning; the RUC/PSNI took him from his home to
Maghaberry prison and explained that the British Secretary of State
in Occupied Ireland had revoked his licence. When Martin enquired as
to what basis they had done this the RUC could provide no explanation
No warning had been given and more importantly to date no reason other
than a generic „security risk“ mantra has been given to Martin.

Since Martin has been interned he has joined fellow Republicans on
the Republican Wing in Maghaberry Jail, Roe 3. He has taken part in
all protests against the regime in Maghaberry and at the moment is
part of the ‘dirty protest’ that Republicans POWs have had to
undertake in order to improve conditions and end the invasive and
gratuitous practice of strip searching.

In May 2012 Martin’s brother Peter died after a short illness,
Martin and Peter were always very close and as was expected Martin
applied for compassionate leave to attend his brothers funeral, to
give comfort to his family and to lay his brother to rest. Within
hours of the applications the prison authorities refused it. Being in
prison compounded his grief and added to this was the distress of
having to then appeal the unjust decision to a court.

On the morning of the funeral an appeal was heard in the High Court
at 10am. This court refused to make a decision and referred it back
to the Prison Authorities. Peter’s funeral was scheduled for
12noon. After much lobbying and 15 minutes before the funeral was
scheduled, the prison authorities then decided to grant him two hours
compassionate leave, on the basis that he be accompanied by two
British Ministers. Due to this the funeral had to be held back for a
number of hours to allow Martin to attend. Not only does Martins
incarceration effect him and take away his civil liberties but indeed
it effects his family and all those who count Martin as part of their
lives.

So far and after two and a half years internment no evidence to
support Martins internment has been provided. The British secretary
of state claims there is ‘closed material evidence’ against him.
The SSRR who are the successors of the SAS claim to have had Martin
under surveillance and this forms part of their reasoning for keeping
Martin interned. They have not to date been able to provide anything
that would justify in any ones mind Martins incarceration.

Following a judicial review where the High Court heard evidence for
over three weeks, Justice Treacy took seven weeks to deliberate. On
July 9, 2012 he ruled that Martin Corey’s human rights had been
breached and he should be released immediately on unconditional bail.

Later that day this was overruled by the then British secretary of
state Owen Patterson. While Martin Corey sat in the reception of the
prison with his belongings waiting for his family, the British
government underhandedly intervened and blocked his release. On July
10, the matter was referred back to the court. Now to be reviewed by
Justice McCloskey who further stayed Martin release until an appeal
court could hear it the next day. An appeal was heard on July 11,
with Justice McCloskey and Justice Morgan. That court rubber stamped
the British secretary of states’ overruling, and referred it to be
heard again on September 28, 2012.

It is quite evident that the British Government has no concern for
the human rights of Irish Citizens, while they condemn and criticise
countries all over the world for Human rights abuses, they are
carrying out the worst of all human rights abuses – psychological
torture and the denial of civil liberties.

The British Government feel it is acceptable to intern Irish
citizens without proof, evidence or charge. They rely on the apathy
of the general public and for those who it doesn‘t effect to ignore
and endorse their torturous activities.

Since Martins internment many people have taken to the streets to
show their support.

Those who do speak out live in fear of persecution for exposing the
reality of life in the Occupied Six Counties today. Freedom of
expression, thought and opinion is criminalised. Those who oppose the
status quo are treated as second class citizens and agitators to their
faux peace. The set-up in Stormont must not be opposed by anyone,
anyone who dares think for themselves will be targeted by the thought
police. Martin Corey is one such victim of the Orwellian state that we
see in the Occupied Six Counties today.

As I said earlier the High Court referred Martin case back to be
heard again on September 28, 2012. This was cancelled and a new
hearing has now been scheduled for October 26. I appeal to everyone
with a concern for human rights to support Martin and lobby on his
behalf. It is clear that Martin’s human right have been breached.

Article 5 of the European Human rights legislation states:

„Everyone who is arrested shall be informed promptly, in a language
which he understands, of the reasons for his arrest and of any charge
against him.“

Martin has not been informed of the reasons for his arrest and to
date there is NO charge against him.

Martin has had support from a broad range of people, some of whom do
not share his political outlook. Its clear that Martin has been
targeted due to his political opinion, however this is a matter of
conscience for all, indeed all free minded people, all who believe in
free speech, freedom of expression, freedom of movement and all who
believe in a democratic society where everyone is entitled their
opinion should rally to this mans’ defence.

Martin has seen not only support in Ireland but there have been
numerous protests all over Europe such as Rome, Vienna and in the
USA. Those who have campaigned for Martin so far have not been found
wanting in their determination. The Committee will continue to lobby
nationally and internationally until we have secured Martins release
and can be assured that no Irish man or woman will have to the horror
of internment again.

Martin Corey, needs your support, deserves your support and he
appreciates your support.

Oliver White, Newry and a member of the Martin Corey campaign, then
read the following statement from the O/C, POWs in Maghaberry jail:

We, the Republican Prisoners of War incarcerated in Maghaberry
prison camp, send greetings to all those assembled here today in our
name.

At present we are engaged in a „Dirty“ protest to end the archaic
practice of strip searching and to secure conditions befitting of
Prisoners of War. At present the age-old policy of criminalisation is
in full swing and as always we as Republicans will oppose this in
anyway we can.

We have been on this current phase of protest now for over 18 months
and we see little movement from our captors. The conditions we endure
are far from humane or acceptable, yet we will continue in our
struggle until our demands are met. We have a duty to all Republicans
and to those prisoners who may follow us.

We find ourselves incarcerated due to British rule in Ireland, we
are part of the broader struggle for Irish Independence, we take
heart from gatherings such as this, that Irish Republicanism is alive
and vibrant, kept alive by people like you. As Republican Prisoners
of War we will not shy away from our duty and we salute all those in
Ireland and abroad who work towards the Independence of Ireland by
any means necessary.

The support we have received from those across the world makes us
more determined and resolute. We, the Republican POWs, applaud those
who take to the streets all over the world in protest at the
detention of true Republicans. We ask for your renewed support and
activism on our behalf. We will continue to resist all attempts by
the NIO to criminalise us and our struggle and with your continued
support we are confident of victory.

Onwards to the Republic!

Signed O/C Maghaberry Gaol, October 2012
Picket and meeting can be viewed on youtube: http://www.youtube.com
[9], RSF Galway Public Protest & Meeting (in two parts)
http://www.youtube.com/user/republicansf [10]; information and
pictures on: www.releasemartincorey.com/ [11] and on FB.
6. Family escape injury in Newtownards sectarian arson attack
IN the early hours of October 12, a woman and her three children
were rescued from their burning house after they were targeted by
arsonists in Lenamore Park, Newtownards, Co Down.

The children, aged between two and 12, were rescued from an upstairs
bathroom window. Their 38-year-old mother was led from the house by
fire officers.

Flammable liquid was poured through the letter box of their
semi-detached house and ignited. It was the third time the
Nationalist family’s home had been attacked in the past three weeks.
On September 29 graffiti was daubed on the windows and doors of the
house.

Janette Nelson has lived in Lenamore Park for nearly six years with
her children.

Last week her children had to be rescued from an upstairs window
after a fire was started at the front door late at night, with smoke
making it impossible to escape downstairs. On other occasions, paint
has been thrown at the house and on Ms Nelson’s car and sectarian
graffiti was also daubed on the house.

Neighbour William Gill helped the girls escape from the house in the
previous attack.

“The family has 100% support in the area,” he said. “Janette
has never done any harm. I think they have just started on her for
nothing.
7. US court blocks handover of Boston College tapes
LAWYERS for journalists and historians behind an oral history
project involving former IRA members and loyalists won a court case
in the US on October 16 that temporarily stops the RUC/PSNI from
seizing their highly sensitive material.

The British colonial police went to the US courts to force Boston
College to hand over tapes from the Belfast Project, an archive of
interviews of former IRA and loyalist activists.

Three lawyers, acting on behalf of the Belfast Project’s director Ed
Moloney and one of its interviewers, the former IRA prisoner and
writer Anthony McIntyre, were successful in blocking the handing over
of the tapes.

The US Supreme Court granted the legal team a stay to hand over the
taped archive to the RUC/PSNI. This measure will remain in place
until the court decides whether to hear the case advocated by Moloney
and McIntyre’s US legal representatives.

Award-winning journalist Moloney described the decision as “a
fantastic victory” at the supreme court. Moloney and the Belfast
Project researchers have argued that the PSNI action violates the
principle of source protection. They contend that no historian or
researcher will ever get to the full truth about what happened in the
Troubles because a key set of actors in the conflict will never speak
frankly again if the RUC/PSNI gets its way.

In addition their lawyers claimed that allowing the police to obtain
the material would, in particular, put McIntyre’s life in danger as he
had given assurance both to his former IRA comrades and Ulster
loyalists that their interviews would only be made public once they
had died.

In a statement Ed Moloney and Anthony McIntyre said:

“Our lawyers, Eamonn Dornan, JJ Cotter and Jonathan Albano have
won a fantastic victory at the Supreme Court with the approval of
Justice Stephen Breyer that our request for a stay be granted and
extended until the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the case.
Here is the text of the decision:

‘IT IS ORDERED that the mandate of the United States Court of
Appeals for the First Circuit, case Nos. 11-2511 and 12-1159, is
hereby stayed until November 16, 2012. If the applicants file a
petition for a writ of certiorari on or before that date, then the
mandate of the First Circuit is further stayed until the petition is
resolved by this Court. Should the petition be denied, this stay
shall terminate automatically. In the event the petition for a writ
of certiorari is granted, the stay shall terminate upon the sending
down of the judgment of this Court. If the applicants do not file a
petition for certiorari on or before November 16, then the stay shall
expire at 5 p.m. that day.”
8. Prominent Provisionals named
ON October 10 a judge lifted a ban on naming five people facing
charges of membership of the [Provisional] IRA and other offences
from more than a decade ago.

They include Séamus Finucane, a member of the Provisionals’
political wing and brother of the murdered Belfast solicitor Pat
Finucane. The others include 53-year-old Pádraic Wilson, who was the
leader of the Provisional prisoners in Long Kesh prison in the late
1990s and was among a delegation that met then secretary of state Mo
Mowlam when she visited the Maze in 1998 during a crucial juncture in
the peace process; he is allegedly their current director of
international affairs.

Both men are facing charges of IRA membership and arranging,
addressing or assisting in the management of an IRA meeting.

Another man, 48-year-old Martin Edward Morris, with an address in
London, is also charged with membership of the IRA.

Facing the same charges are Agnes McCrory (72), a former advice
worker at the Falls Women’s Centre in west Belfast, and Briege Wright
(55).

The BBC had challenged the ban. They cannot reveal full details of
the charges in the case but can reveal the names of those involved
after reporting restrictions were lifted.
9. Former Special Branch officers in charge of redacting ‘shoot to
kill’ files
ON October 18 Coroner John Leckey was informed that four former
Special Branch officers have been placed in charge of preparing top
secret materials relating to the controversial RUC killing of six
unarmed men in Co Armagh nearly 30 years ago.

John Leckey is currently preparing to open inquests into the RUC
killings of six unarmed men in 1982.

Gervaise McKerr, Seán Burns, Eugene Toman, Séamus Grew, Roddy
Carroll and 17 year-old Michael Tighe were shot dead by the RUC’s
elite Special Support Unit (SSU) in a series of controversial
shootings in Co Armagh during a three week period in 1982. All but
Michael Tighe were members of Republican organisations but none were
armed at the time they were shot.

The killings caused controversy after it emerged that the RUC
officers involved deliberately lied to cover-up the true
circumstances surrounding the shootings. It later emerged that the
policemen who carried out the killings were debriefed by superiors in
Special Branch and instructed to give false accounts of events.

The inquests into the six killings have become the longest of their
kind in British legal history, with repeated delays and the British
government issuing a series of Public Immunity Certificates (PIIs) to
prevent the families’ legal teams from gaining access to sensitive
evidence in the case.

A key part of that evidence relates to a report by then Greater
Manchester Deputy Chief Constable John Stalker, who was called in to
investigate the shootings in 1984.

John Stalker’s report was never made public after he was
dramatically removed from the investigation in June 1986, shortly
before it was due to be made public. He was suspended from duty on
charges of associating with a Manchester criminal, but two months
later was cleared of any wrongdoing. However he was not allowed to
return to the Six Occupied Counties to complete his investigation,
which was taken over by another English detective, Colin Sampson.

Neither report has ever been made public.

However a book written by Stalker in 1988 was highly critical of the
role played by Special Branch and senior RUC officers in the
orchestrated cover-up.

On October 18 the Detail (online news media) revealed a former RUC
officer’s admission that he and other members of the Special
Support Unit (SSU), had been instructed by superiors and Special
Branch, to cover-up the true facts surrounding the shooting of
Séamus Grew and Roddy Carroll.

In 2007 Coroner John Leckey was granted permission to read the
Stalker/Samson reports. A key proviso in allowing the coroner access
to the report was that sensitive information would be redacted by the
RUC/PSNI from the report before it was allowed to be seen by legal
teams representing the victims’ families.

In May 2012 John Leckey asked the Crown Solicitor’s Office (CSO)
to provide the families’ legal team with an explanation of how the
reading and redacting process is carried out by the RUC/PSNI, setting
out whether any personnel involved in the process have Special Branch
experience, and if so the extent of that experience.

In a letter to the coroner, the CSO confirmed:

“Five personnel, together with a lawyer, are engaged on the
preparation of the materials in this matter. Of the five personnel,
four served as Special Branch officers and one as an intelligence
officer in the RUC. The work of the five personnel is overseen by the
lawyer.”

In the past the RUC/PSNI has defended re-employing former police
officers to prepare information for Troubles-related cases on the
grounds of their previous experience. The RUC/PSNI barrister Tony
McGleenan QC, told a preliminary hearing into the case that it was up
to the Chief Constable to appoint whoever he saw fit to oversee the
redaction of the Stalker/Sampson files.

However legal observers have expressed concern that the involvement
of Special Branch at the formative stage of disclosure in the cases
could raise concerns that the perception of independence of the
inquests may be seen to be tainted.

The Grew and Carroll family’s solicitor Niall Murphy of Kevin R
Winters said:

“This development is a matter of great concern to our clients. It
is, in our view, inappropriate for former members of Special Branch
not only to have access to, but indeed have control over these
sensitive materials, to be reading and preparing them, prior to the
families having disclosure of the materials after an inordinate wait
of 30 years.”
10. Families challenge ‚justified killing‘ verdict
THE family of one of two men, Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew, shot
dead by the SAS in 1990, won permission in early October 2012 to
challenge an inquest verdict that the killings “were justified”.

A High Court judge granted leave to seek a judicial review on one
complaint about the tribunal into the deaths of Martin McCaughey and
Dessie Grew. He ruled that an arguable case had been made that not
enough was done to secure the re-attendance of a key witness.

Martin McCaughey’s sister is seeking to have the inquest findings
quashed.

The two men, armed with AK47 rifles, were shot more than 30 times
when an SAS unit opened fire at farm buildings near Loughgall, County
Armagh in October 1990. Neither IRA man fired any shots, provoking
claims that soldiers could have arrested them instead.

In May this year a jury that heard the inquests found the killings
were lawful. It ruled that the SAS had used reasonable force during
the operation and that the IRA men’s own actions had contributed to
their deaths.

Dessie Grew (37), and Martin McCaughey (23), put their own lives in
danger by being in the area close to a stolen car which was expected
to be used in terrorist activity, according to the verdict.

Both men were said to be armed with guns, wearing gloves, balaclavas
and were approaching soldiers who believed that their lives were in
immediate danger.

The McCaughey family sought leave to judicially review verdicts
reached by the jury on a number of grounds. Their legal team argued
that the inquest failed to comply with procedural protections
guaranteed under European law, and failed to constitute an
independent and effective investigation into the deaths.

Another key complaint centred on the failure to secure the
re-attendance at the hearing of a military witness identified only as
Soldier A. He was also linked to the use of lethal force in the SAS
shooting of another IRA man Francis Bradley four years earlier.

Soldier A, who led the unit that shot Grew and McCaughey, initially
gave evidence at the inquest. However, he failed to return to the
hearing after it was ruled he could be questioned about his
involvement in the Bradley shooting and evidence appearing to show
that all three IRA men had been shot while lying fatally wounded on
the ground.

It was argued that the jury was denied access to material relevant
to questions on whether the SAS were involved in as shoot-to-kill
policy and whether the soldiers‘ use of lethal force was justified.

Mr Justice Weatherup ruled that the failure to get Soldier A back
into the witness box was the only ground of challenge to pass the
legal test at the preliminary stage of proceedings. He said there was
an arguable case that the coroner should have taken further steps, and
that this required further examination.

All other grounds of challenge were dismissed.

The case is now expected to go to a full judicial review hearing
later this year.
11. Loughinisland relatives to sue RUC over collusion in shooting
Relatives of the six men killed in the loyalist attack on the
nationalist Loughlinisland bar in 1996 are pursuing legal action
alleging State collusion in the incident.

Families say they suspect that at least one of the loyalist gunmen
who attacked a small rural bar in Co Down was an informer, claiming
that he was protected during the police investigation into the
incident.

Six men died and five were injured in the attack which was carried
out by the Ulster Volunteer Force. The victims were watching a
football match on television when the gunmen burst in, spraying the
bar with gunfire.

An official report into the investigation found insufficient
evidence of security force collusion with the loyalist gunmen.
British Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson’s report concluded that there
had been failings in the investigation, describing the destruction by
police of a car used in the attack as inappropriate.

The UVF said they it had been carried out in retaliation for a
Republican shooting in Belfast in which three men died.

Relatives are seeking to have the Ombudsman’s findings quashed.
According to their legal representative his findings were “timid,
mild and meek”. He added: “The Ombudsman has performed factual
gymnastics to ensure there was no evidence of collusion in his
conclusion.”

At least one previous report from the Ombudsman’s office on a
separate case concluded that a police agent who had been involved in
a number of loyalist murders in Belfast had been protected from
prosecution by the Special Branch.

This previous conclusion, which caused a considerable stir, led to
the widespread belief that agents were in effect allowed to carry out
killings and other serious offences while on the payroll of the Crown
Forces.

Loughinisland families also suspect that weapons used in the attack
were among a shipment brought into the Six Counties seven years
before the attack. Allegations that security force elements were
involved in increasing the size of loyalist armouries stretch back to
the early 1990s.

In civil actions taken by the families a claim against the Ministry
of Defence alleges that the army had knowledge of the shipment and
helped facilitate it. The RUC are accused of closing off
investigative opportunities and “the destruction of vital
evidence”.
12. Republican Sinn Féin member raided in Belfast
ON October 9 the home of a member of the McKelvey/Steele Cumann,
Republican Sinn Féin, Belfast was raided by the RUC/PSNI. They
entered his home around teatime and when asked to see a warrant the
member was told he was being raided under Articles 19 and 20 and he
would receive the warrant in the post.

This man has been a victim of constant harassment from the British
colonial police and has been stopped and searched on a number of
occasions. This latest raid left his home badly damaged and it is
well known to the RUC that his wife has been very ill and is not
capable of putting up with the constant intrusion by the RUC.

As usual nothing was found and once again this family is left to
clear up the mess made by the forces of intrusion
13. RUC „great until ceasefire“
A MEMBER of the British colonial police who shot dead an unarmed IRA
man later told a doctor that his job had been “great until the
ceasefire”, an inquest into the killing heard on October 17.

Pearse Jordan (22) was shot dead by the RUC’s elite HMSU unit on
the Falls Road in west Belfast on November 25, 1992.

He had been driving a stolen car when it was rammed off the road by
a HMSU unit led by sergeant A. As Jordan exited the car and tried to
run away he was hit by three shots fired by A. He was fatally wounded
and died a short time later.

A claimed that he’d opened fire when Jordan had turned towards him
convincing the policeman that he was about to open fire.

However it quickly emerged that the 22 year-old was unarmed and had
been shot in the back while trying to escape.

In 2002 a legal challenge taken by the Jordan family resulted in the
Lord Chancellor amending the law to compel soldiers and police
officers responsible for lethal force shootings to attend inquest
hearings.

The Jordan family campaigned for an inquest into the killing for
nearly 20 years before a hearing officially opened last month.
Despite the controversial nature of the shoot-to-kill allegations,
inquest proceedings have gone virtually unreported in the media.

Sergeant A has now given evidence despite having previously refused
to take part in proceedings for nearly a decade. In court this week
A, who now lives abroad, said that he had previously refused to
attend inquest proceedings since 2004 because of fears that his
identity would be revealed.

The court was told A joined the RUC in 1973 as a 23 year-old and was
promoted to sergeant five years later. In 1980 he joined the RUC’s
Special Support Unit (SSU), an elite uniformed team which was trained
by the SAS.

SSU was controversially involved in a series of alleged
shoot-to-kill incidents in 1982, when six men were shot dead in three
separate incidents in Co Armagh.

The killings sparked outrage when it emerged that all six had been
unarmed and that SSU officers – including A – had made false
statements to cover up what had really happened. Following the
controversy SSU was rebranded as Headquarters Mobile Support Unit
(HMSU).

The court heard that A had taken part in hundreds of anti-terror
operations and had been the leader of an RUC sniper unit as well as
having trained VIP bodyguards.

On November 25, 1992 A had been the leader of a HSMU unit in west
Belfast tasked to support a surveillance operation against a
suspected IRA bomb factory at Arizona Street.

A told the court that when his unit attempted to stop the car being
driven by Jordan, Jordan had sped off and a high speed chase ensued,
ending when the police car rammed the Orion off the road.

Seconds later Jordan got out of the car and tried to run away across
the Falls Road.

Sergeant A fired five shots, hitting Jordan three times. Jordan died
a short time later.

A claimed that he’d shot Jordan when he turned as he was running
away and he feared he was going to shoot him. However forensic
evidence later showed that the 22 year-old was unarmed and –
contrary to police accounts – had his back to A when he was shot.

When A was asked by Mr MacDonald if HMSU units had been trained to
shoot to kill rather than to shoot to try and disable a suspect, he
said:

“Yes if you want to put it that way.”

The inquest was told that A had described himself as one of the most
experienced and capable armed police officers in western Europe in a
personal profile which had been requested by then RUC Chief Constable
Sir Hugh Annesley following the Jordan shooting.

The court was told how A had been placed on administrative duties
while an investigation into the fatal shooting was carried out.
However he’d found desk duties boring.

A had claimed that his vision of Pearse Jordan’s full torso had
been blocked by the police car from behind which he had opened fire.

However evidence from forensic experts suggested that the position
of spent cartridges and entry wounds on the body meant that `A` had
in fact fired from the rear of the car with a clear view of Pearse
Jordan.

The inquest was told that A had failed to mention that he had shot
an unarmed man when he wrote an account of his actions that day in
his police notebook, simply recording a “serious incident on Falls
Road”.

The court was told that `A` had previously been involved in another
alleged shoot-to-kill incident 10 years before the Jordan shooting.

On December 12, 1982 A had been monitoring radio transmissions
during an SSU (predecessor of HMSU) operation which resulted in the
shooting dead of INLA men Roddy Carroll and Séamus Grew.

The RUC initially claimed the men’s car had crashed through a
roadblock, hitting a police officer, and the two unarmed Republicans
had been shot dead in the high speed chase which followed.

However, it subsequently emerged they had not crashed through any
roadblock or knocked down a policeman, but were shot dead by the SSU
while unarmed.
It later emerged that HMSU officers – including A had knowingly
given false statements to cover up the true events of the killings.

The court was told that A had only previously discharged his weapon
on three other occasions during his time with HMSU, but had been
heavily been involved in anti-terror operations.

The inquest is expected to conclude next week

ENDS – – – – – – – – – -

Republican Sinn Féin
International Relations Bureau
Sinn Féin Poblachtach Roinn Gnóthaí Idirnáisiúnta
Web: http://www.rsf-international.org/

Meldungen zum Hungerstreik: 22.10.

Sêrt: Disziplinarverfahren gegen 10 Gefangene

Gegen 10 PKK- und PAJK-Gefangene im E-Typ Gefängnis von Sêrt (Siirt) wurde ein Disziplinarverfahren eröffnet, weil diese sich am unbefristeten Hungerstreik beteiligen.

Bei den politischen Gefangen, die sich seit 41 Tagen im Hungerstreik befinden, handelt es sich um Gülistan Abdo, Gülan Kılıçoğlu, Emel Gültekin, Dilşah Kocakaya, Rızgar (Ecevit) Turhan, Burhan Eviz, Tevfik Özdemir, Erdi Çelik, Abdurrahman Budak und Lokman Karaşi. Obwohl sich der Gesundheitszustand der Hungerstreikenden weiter verschlechtert, eröffnete die Gefängnisleitung ein Disziplinarverfahren gegen sie.

Der Gesundheitszustand des Journalisten T. Temel hat sich gravierend verschlechtert

Die Gesundheit des Journalisten Tayyip Temel, der sich seit 41 Tagen im Hungerstreik befindet, hat sich gravierend verschlechtert. Aktuell kann er weder schreiben noch lesen. Über seinen Anwalt ließ er mitteilen, dass sie den Hungerstreik so lange fortführen werden, bis sämtliche Forderungen erfüllt worden sind.

Der Anwalt Cemil Özen teilte mit, dass es um den Gesundheitszustand seines Mandanten nicht gut aussieht. „Er plagt über Kopfschmerzen, Übelkeit, Durchfall und Gelenkschmerzen. Des Weiteren hat er Probleme beim Sprechen. Nachdem er ein paar Minuten gesprochen hatte, braucht er einer Pause. Auch Aufnahmekeiten zeigten sich auch während des Gesprächs mit ihm.“

Über seinen Anwalt ließ Temel folgende Nachricht an die Öffentlichkeit verlautbaren: „Um dem Sterben ein Ende zu setzen, haben wir unsere Körper dem Hungern ausgesetzt. Unseren Forderungen soll Folge geleistet werden. Vorher werden wir unsere Aktion nicht beenden.“

Erklärung des TTB zum Hungerstreik

Der Zentralrat des Verbandes der Türkischen ÄrztInnen (TTB) gab bekannt, dass das Justizministerium immer noch nicht ihr Gesuch beantwortet hat. Vor 4 Wochen hat der TTB einen Brief mit der Forderung die Hungerstreikenden der PKK und PAJK in den Gefängnissen besuchen zu können an das Justizministerium geschickt.

In der Erklärung heißt es u. a.:

„Hungerstreik ist keine Form des Selbstmords. Es handelt sich hier um eine Form des Protestes. Der Mensch lehnt mit seinem eigenen Willen und Bewusstsein das Essen ab. Der Hungerstreik kann mit dem Tod enden, doch handelt es sich bei dem Hauptziel nicht um den Tod. Die tägliche Zunahme einer bestimmten Menge von Wasser, Salz und Zucker bildet die Grundlage für das Fortsetzen. Zudem müssten Präparate, die das Vitamin B1 beinhalten, eingenommen werden, um bleibende neurologische Krankheiten zu vermeiden.“

In der Mitteilung heißt es weiterhin, dass gewisse Symptome bei den Hungerstreikenden, die sich schon im 41.Tag befinden, auftreten, die als Zeichen dafür gesehen werden können, dass die lebensbedrohlichen Tage begonnen haben: „In dieser Situation, weigern sich mehrere Gefangene Vitamin B1 zu sich zu nehmen. Darüber hinaus erhalten wir Meldungen, dass zahlreiche Hungerstreikende der Isolation unterzogen werden, und ihnen gesundes Trinkwasser, Salz, Zucker und Vitamin B1 vorenthalten werden. In der Vergangenheit hätten viele Todesfälle während der Hungerstreiks durch einfache Vorkehrungen vermieden werden können. Wir wurden bedauerlicherweise zu Zeugen von bleibenden Behinderungen und Todesfälle. So etwas möchten wir nicht noch einmal erleben.“

Des weiterhin heißt es, dass jede Person die ihr auferlegte Verantwortung tragen muss, um Verluste zu vermeiden. Diejenigen Gefangenen, die kein Vitamin B1 zu sich nehmen, müssen über die möglichen Folgeursachen informiert werden. „Dass wir als TTB die Bereitschaft zeigen diese Aufgabe zu übernehmen, haben wir in den vergangenen Tagen der Öffentlichkeit und dem Justizministerium mitgeteilt. Leider steht eine Beantwortung unseres Gesuchs seitens des Justizministeriums immer noch aus. Wir weisen die Verantwortlichen erneut zur Verantwortungsübernahme hin.

Solidaritätsaktionen für die Hungerstreikenden

Am 40.Tag des Hungerstreiks der politischen Gefangenen der PKK und der PAJK wurden Solidaritätsaktionen in mehreren Städten der Türkei und Kurdistans durchgeführt. In Mêrdîn, Istanbul und Adana wurden diesbezüglich Demonstrationen organisiert. In Riha, Çewlik und Bursa wurden Kundgebungen durchgeführt. Neben der BDP unterstützen auch zahlreiche andere Parteien, zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen und Gewerkschaften sowie die Initiative der Friedensmütter diese Aktionen.

Die Forderungen der Gefangenen nach der Freiheit für Abdullah Öcalan und dem Aufheben aller Verbote der kurdischen Sprache wurden seitens der Protestierenden zu Ausdruck gebracht. Des Weiteren wurde das Schweigen der Presse und Öffentlichkeit betont, die der Aktion der hungerstreikenden Gefangenen mehr Gehör schenken solle.

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