Interview with Kemal Okuyan, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) by soL InternationaL, on various political issues such as the controversial April 16 referendum, the new correlation of forces in Turkey's domestic politics, the general crisis of imperialism, the position of Turkey within the international crisis under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a 'problem generator', and the possibilities for the popular movement against the capitalist rule and the corrupted political establishment in Turkey.
May 1st of 2017 should be celebrated with massive participation of our people who do not submit. Our working class, our hope for the future, should prove its strength. For that, we call all the working men and women, all the educated and youth to march with TKP. TKP will take place with its own rally ranks at the meetings to be held in İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir and Adana. We announce our participation to those meetings to be held by the initiative of DİSK, KESK, TMMOB and TTB.
Everybody should know this well: TKP will carry on its rightful struggle to empower the will of the people. This struggle is against the Soros-sponsored interventions and the fundamentalist public enemies. As of tomorrow, we are calling to establish and organise the ‘Committees against Presidency’ everywhere, at all workplaces, neighbourhoods, and schools.
The referandum results, which are designated with tyranny, cheating and stealing, do not have any legitimacy. Those who attempt to celebrate this result mock the people.
We call our people, who do not submit, to unite, to act organized and not to accept 'fait accomplis'. [ES]
The enemies of the Syrian people continue to attack this country which they have been tormenting using jihadist gangs and international terrorist networks. The partnership of imperialist media and pro-sharia agents fabricated a chemical weapon scenario in Idlib and so made up a pretext for the missile attack by the United States.
We warn Erdoğan: We are going to bring you to book for the jihad that you intend to wage with US missiles. No! Do not you dare to add new ones to the crimes that you have already committed and to involve this country in your own devastation.
The Governorship of İstanbul has disallowed the rally of the Communist Party of Turkey that is scheduled to be held on April 8 in İstanbul. We will pursue this incident in terms of laws. We will politically prove once again that they will not be able to silence the voice of the working people. TKP has calls the people to come together on April 8 across the country to raise the voice of ‘no’ with the Party’s weekly journal, ‘Boyun Eğme’ (‘Do Not Surrender’) with the attendance of thousands of people, trade unionists, intellectuals, artists and academicians.
There will be a mass meeting at 4.00pm on April 8, Saturday. Our call is to meet and raise the voice of “No”at Kartal Square, at a time when they try to suppress with bans, despotism, and threats, yet the campaign for No continues to proliferate in, all over the country.
Joint Statement by NCPN and TKP:
We declare once more that we will stand against imperialist policies of the European Union.
We remind the fact that rising racism can only be stopped with the unity of the proletariat.
We emphasise that we will struggle in an internationalist consciousness against any practice restricting the rights of the working class and migrant workers.
We point to the impossibility of a better capitalism and the necessity to intensify struggle for the only choice, socialism.