This letter was recently sent byÖzgül Emre from Rohrbach Prison of Germany to her lawyer and translated from Turkish into English. Özgül is a revolutionary from Turkey who was arrested in Germany on 16th of May 2022 and is accused of being a member of a terrorist organisation. During the high point of revolutionary struggle of Turkey in 1990s, she worked as a journalist in Kurtuluş Magazine. As an exiled revolutionary in Germany, she worked in wide range of committees; from anti-drug committees to anti-racism committees. The attacks of German state didn’t stopped with this mafia like kidnapping. From the detention onward, they forced prison uniforms on Özgül Emre in Rohrbach prison. German state knows very well that Revolutionaries do NOT and NEVER wear prison uniforms. In 1984, 4 revolutionaries died as a result of hunger strike to oppose the introduction of prison uniforms in prisons of Turkey. Until this day, there is no prison uniforms thanks to 4 martyrs. Özgül Emre comes from this uncompromising tradition to keep up the identity, integrity and dignity of being a revolutionary. As the oppression to enforce prison uniforms is not enough, Rohrbach prison is tried to kill her with not supplying salt and sugar for the first 30 days of hunger strike. They only supplied one piece of sugar with tea every evening, which obviously is not enough. Without the supplements like salt and sugar in proper dose, it is very easy for a person die in hunger strike at any stage. Around the day 40, she got hospitalised and on 44th day of the hunger strike she won the struggle against the torturers and received her own clothes, luckily without any long term damage to her body. In this letter, she describes the torture methods of the prison authorities, who do not provide her with sanitary conditions and privacy.
“How are you doing? How are all our people? I am doing very well because of my determination of being righteous – despite the political and legal siege against me. The trial against me, as well as my imprisonment, are, from my point of view, unlawful and also contrary to the law. Although my place of residence is known and I had an appointment at a government office on the very day of my arrest, it was pretended that I could not be found, that I would never go to my apartment, and so I was kidnapped on the basis of lies in the street. The purpose was to make me look like the guilty. Because they could not have justified my arrest and pre-trial detention any other way. The trial against me could have taken place without pre-trial detention.
These examples alone show impressively that the persecution of democrats, socialists and communists continued seamlessly in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), but under democratic cover.
The persecution in the Nazi Reich was made more precise by the 1st Criminal Law Amendment Act in the FRG, so that a Gesinnungsparagraph [translator’s note: an attitude-based law, in contrast with the common act-based criminal law] was created, in which the objective investigation of punishable facts was increasingly pushed into the background. Between 1954 and 1962, at least 85 people were imprisoned for political reasons. Since then, there have always been political prisoners in Germany’s prisons. Today, a total of 20 political prisoners are in prison.
Emir Karakum, a revolutionary prisoner is on hunger strike for 96th day against poor treatment in prison. He has been imprisoned for 10 months on the false testimony of anonymous witnesses. After his detention on December 3 2021, during İstanbul-based police raids, he was arrested at the Samsun Courthouse on December 6 2021 and was taken to the Samsun Type-T Prison. After starting a hunger strike there, he was transferred to the Bafra Type-T Prison. He was arrested for fighting for free, scientific and democratic education and for demanding justice. For 10 months he has been held in a solitary confinement cell in Bafra T Type prison. Every day he is subjected to psychological and physical violence by the prison guards. Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ says “there is no torture in prisons”, yet there is footage of Emir Karakum being tortured.
On May 16, the anti-fascist Özgül Emre was arrested at the main train station in Heidelberg. The following evening, the two antifascists Serkan Küpeli and Ihsan Cibelik were also arrested in their apartments in Hamburg and Bochum. All of them are from Turkey. Ihsan Cibelik is known as one of the founding members of the revolutionary, anti-fascist music band Grup Yorum, which is one of the most popular political music groups in the world and regularly faces repression in Turkey as well as in Germany.
Yaşasın Ölüm Orucu Direnişimiz! (Long live our death fast resistance!)
Sunday, June 12 2022 at 4 pm, NewYorck at Bethanien
Discussion event: Death fast resistance as a means of political struggle “Our death fast resistance is the strongest form of expression of the struggle about independence and freedoms. And it will last…”
Sibel Balaç and Gökhan Yıldırım who are imprisoned in Turkish jails, have been on hunger strike since December 2021, which they have now converted into a death fast. Another revolutionary prisoner, Özgür Karakaya, has been on a hunger strike for 43 days against the usurpation of his right to bail. Özgül Emre, who is imprisoned in German jails, has been on indefinite hunger strike to protest the wearing of prison uniforms. In a hunger strike, one does not eat anything beside sugar and b12 supplements. In the case of death fast resistance, which means indefinite hunger strike, either the demands of one will be met, or the person will die from malnutrition. In political terms, death fast means: either justice or death!
“We should be the ones who stare at the light, and to show the light to others. If we can not do anything, at least we should be a candle.”
Nuriye Gülmen was a research assistant at Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey. She is just one of the 7,915 university lecturers/workers who were fired from their jobs overnight by a decree-law issued under the state of emergency declared on 21 July 2016 by the fascist AKP government.
On 16th of May 2022, Revolutionary Journalist Özgül Emre was abducted by German police in Mannheim on daylight. Next day, police raided the house of İhsan Cibelik, a member of the revolutionary music band Grup Yorum. He was forcibly detained resulting in bruises and abrasions on his body. Both of them are taken to respective courts and in a fraction of second these courts decided on the arrest of them. Özgül Emre was taken to JVA Rohrbach prison and İhsan Cibelik was taken to JVA Köln-Ossendorf. Today another anti-fascist, Serkan Küpeli, was detained in Hamburg.Continue reading “ANTI-IMPERIALIST STRUGGLE COMMITTEE BULLETIN No. 11 – Free Özgül Emre, İhsan Cibelik and Serkan Küpeli!”
On the 74th anniversary of Nakba (Disaster/Catastrophe) day, Palestinians all over the World demanded justice against Zionist regime and its imperialist collaborators. Also in Berlin, every year, this day is commemorated by thousands, and people from all nationalities show their solidarity with the Palestinian people and resistance against colonialism and imperialism.
But this year there was a catch; the police in Berlin banned all public commemorations of Nakba. This blatant attack on the freedom of speech and assembly came with an unprecedented insult to Palestinian identity itself; all of the public display of Palestinian flags and symbols like Keffiyeh were banned! This unacceptable and racist policies have to be challenged.