Turkish State Continues Killing Kurdish Children

26 August 2015
ANF – Sirnak

The co-mayor of Şırnak’s Cizre district municipality, Leyla İmret, stated that police and soldiers have killed five people who include two children today. She said police completely blockaded the district where there is a heavy presence of soldiers in armored vehicles.

İmret pointed out that there was no curfew imposed on the district, yet soldiers and police forces acted at an alarming degree that went beyond emergency rule. She reported that bullets fired by military and police forces left five people dead, including two children.

According to İmret, snipers positioned at many points in the district were shooting the civilians who went out, and a civilian, whose name is yet to be identified, was shot dead by snipers on Nusaybin Street.

Many other people have been reported wounded as a result of the attacks by Turkish forces that have also blockaded the Cizre State Hospital and are not allowing access to the wounded.

On the other hand, 17 people working for Mem û Zîn Cultural Centre on Hill Gira Evînê were battered and detained by police.

International Community Must Take a Stand Against Turkish State Terror

Since 24th of July, the Turkish state has initiated a dirty war against the Kurdish people. During this war they are bombing both Kurdistan of Turkey and Iraq. They are terrorising the people and declaring curfews in many Kurdish towns (Semdinli, Varto, Lice, Hani, Ergani, Eruh, Farqin etc). Until now, 10 civilians including children have been killed. 127 Kurdish regions have been declared warzones and military operations from the air and the ground are being conducted. Thousands of Kurdish civilians have been arrested. Most recently, 8 Kurdish mayors have been arrested. In short, the state knows no bounds in its war against the Kurds.

Yesterday, the Hakkari governorate declared a curfew in Yuksekova from 23.30; 5 minutes later, soldiers and police officers attacked the people. Firstly, the military fired mortar rounds from the barracks into the town centre. After the bombardment, the military has been attempting to enter the neighbourhoods in military armed vehicles.

After the curfew was announced, the Orman neighbourhood and Eski Kisla neighbourhoods have both been surrounded by military armed vehicles. Throughout the night both neighbourhoods were bombed, and gunfire could be heard through the night. As a result of the bombardment in the Orman, Kisla and Mezarlik neighbourhoods at least 3 civilians have been killed, and 10 more have been injured.

All power and water supplies to the town have been cut. The town is reminiscent of a city under attack by ISIS in Syria. The Turkish security forces are deploying ISIS tactics in attacking the people and burning their homes. In front of the eyes of the whole world the people of the Kurdish town of Yuksekova are on the receiving end of the terror of the Turkish state.

Despite the curfew the people are on the streets

As soon as the gunfire began, thousands of people took to the streets acting as human shields to prevent the attack. However, the police then attacked the people with pepper spray. Despite these attacks, the people continued their protest with pots, pans and drums. The police and military are still attacking these unarmed people.

In several neighbourhoods the people took to mosques to call for people to help those in the neighbourhoods that are under attack. While the people are now flocking to the neighbourhoods that are under attack, strategically located snipers are beginning to shoot at the people.

We call upon the international community to take a stand against the Turkish state terrorism against civilians. The AKP government is deploying ISIS’s methods in Turkish Kurdistan in attacking the Kurdish people who are actively resisting ISIS. Silence about Turkish state terror will only mean approval to massacre of Kurds.

Kurdistan National Congress- KNK

Kurdish Movement Calls on Kurds to Continue Resisting Turkish State’s Attacks

ANF – Behdinan

The KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Executive Council Co-Presidency has released a statement calling on the people in the areas that have declared self-rule in Kurdistan, Gever (Yuksekova) especially, to break the curfew and remain on the streets and continue the resistance against the attacks of occupying forces, who are attacking the people with tanks and artillery.

Stressing that the Kurdish people used their most fundamental right to self-rule, the KCK said no force had the right to attack the democratic resistance and will of the people.

Underlining the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) objection and attacks against the practices of the Kurdish people outside its control, the KCK said this attitude meant that the Turkish state considered itself to have authority to commit any crime, even starting a war, when necessary.

According to the KCK, the attacks by Turkish forces in Varto, Silvan, Gever and other places is targeting the people resisting against the authoritarian, arbitrary and fascist rule of the AKP and Turkish state.

Recalling the attack on the people of Gever since last night, leaving at least three people dead and dozens of others wounded, the KCK said the ongoing attacks revealed that the AKP government would continue criminalizing and attacking the self-rule of the Kurdish people.

‘AKP WANTS TO MAINTAIN ITS RULING BY ESCALATING THE WAR’

Pointing out that this most recent attack on Gever came on the same day when the formation of a new election government was announced, the KCK said it was clear that this government to be formed would either lead or contribute to the continuation of this war and attacks.

According to the KCK, the recent deployment of troops from Bolu and Kayseri Commando Brigade to North Kurdistan (S/SE Turkey) also reveals the sort of policy and repression this election government will pursue in the coming period.

“Now that no fair and equal election can possibly be held in the present conflict environment, the AKP is forming the foundations to maintain its ruling by escalating the war. This is what is meant and manifested by the AKP government’s attacks against the Kurdish people after they upset its plans in the June 7th election. It has become clear that the policy pursued by the AKP aims to keep power by escalating the war rather than holding a fair election.”

The KCK also called attention to pro-AKP media’s efforts to create a perception that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) receives votes from North Kurdistan by force of arms, and said this also laid bare what will be done in the region in the coming days, as the state will use force to get votes for the AKP or prevent people from voting.

The Executive Council Co-Presidency of the KCK predicted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who held rallies during the previous pre-election period by violating even Turkey’s own laws, would this time not only organize rallies but also deploy police and military forces all around the Kurdish territory and hold an election to definitively create his dictatorial ruling, just like what is done in other single-party states. The KCK said Erdoğan would also resort to all kinds of violent acts, which would mean an escalation of the war.

‘STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY SHOULD BE ENHANCED’

The KCK underlined that it was the duty of all democratic forces to wage a struggle and enhance it against the AKP’s hegemony that continued its attacks on the self-rule of the Kurdish people. The statement also stressed that; “In the face of the brutal attacks on the local people in Gever and other areas where self-rule has been declared, all democratic forces must stand by the people of Kurdistan and their struggle for democracy.”

‘AKP RULING ATTACKS PEOPLE WITH TANKS AND ARMS’

Describing the resistance of Kurdish people as a struggle for democracy by civilian peoples and their will for self-rule, the KCK said that the AKP government launched these attacks with an aim to intimidate the people that used their most legitimate right to announce and practice self-rule.

“The Kurdish people mean neither to divide Turkey, nor to wage a war against police and military forces. It is the AKP government itself that attacks people with tanks, heavy weapons and artillery fire”, the KCK underlined.

The KCK stated that standing alongside the Kurdish people and ensuring the end of attacks was the major agenda and responsibility of all the peoples of Turkey and Kurdistan at the moment, noting that giving priority to other issues would mean avoiding the actual agenda and problem.

The KCK ended the statement by saying: “The democratic resistance and self-rule will of our people will definitely triumph while fascist, authoritarian and hegemonic colonialism will lose.”