Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Turkey: Communist Party (TKP) celebrated its 99th anniversary in Istanbul and Izmir

The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) started the events celebrating the 99th anniversary with the slogan "We Are Ready".

The first event was held on September 10th in Istanbul with the participation of thousands of TKP members and friends.

The event started with the singing of the anthem Internationale and a video on the history of TKP was showed.

On behalf of the TKP Istanbul Provincial Committee, Hilal Ates welcomed the participators to the 99-year-old young party as women who did not submit to reactionism, violence, and harassment. Ates said, "As we are approaching the age of one hundred, we are shouting 'we are ready. We are ready to establish a socialist country where people do not exploit other people." 

The Cargill workers who have been resisting for 510 days and could not return to their jobs despite the fact that they won the reemployment lawsuit were welcomed with the slogans "Cargill worker is not alone".

A Cargill worker made a speech in the event and motorcycle couriers and teachers' messages saluting the anniversary of TKP were shared with the audience.

Speaking at the event, Istanbul Provincial head of TKP, Aydemir Güler, said 'We owe to the history. We will pay for our debt. This debt is to compensate for the gaps in history. TKP exists to do what we can not do in 99 years."

"Mustafa Suphi and his friends could not have paid the heavy price for us just to commemorate them after a hundred year. Sefik Hüsnü and his friends could not have done it for nostalgia. Nazım said he was proud of his party. Those words would not make any sense if it weren't for those who are proud of Nazım's party today. The past is the past. It is not a nostalgia for us, we are expanding our experience. We should put down roots with this experience," Güler added.


The 99th-anniversary event in İzmir where TKP members and friends came together with the slogan "We are ready" took place on Saturday, September 13. 

The event began with the entry of TR İnter Tekstil workers to the hall and continued with commemorating a party member who recently lost her life. Then, a video about the history of TKP was showed to the audience. 

TKP Izmir Provincial Head Başar Özer made the opening speech in the event. He began his speech with the great communist poet Nazım Hikmet's words: "Today, in the words of our comrade Nazım, we are celebrating the 99th year 'the greatest craftsmanship, the finest skill of ours'.

Mentioning that the capitalist order has nothing left to offer to humanity, Başar reminded the recent forest fires in İzmir that burned hundreds of hectares of green land and that could not be taken under control for days. "A huge part of the city burned, but there is still no scientific plan on how to get out of here. The biggest municipalities, universities do not say anything. Well, then, the Communist Party of Turkey is ready to take on this responsibility," he said.

"The capitalist order in Turkey is doomed to the economic crisis. As long as their greed for profit, ambitions and unplanned economies exist, we will see even more crises. We have the solution to this problem," Özer added.


TR Inter Tekstil worker, Cigdem Kaya, took the floor after Özer and said: “We are TR Inter Tekstil workers. Our resistance has opened our eyes. When we couldn't get our rights, we wanted to announce it. After a message sent by one of our friends to the network of 'We breathe down the bosses' neck', several friends joined us. This was when we met with our party.”

At the end of August, workers at the textile factory TR İnter Tekstil won after 11 days of resistance to receive their pays. The workers celebrated their victory with the members of TKP.

"When we got together, we felt how powerful we were. We learned not only political but also legal struggle. Meanwhile, our party's lawyer was always with us. He didn't come to support, he was fighting as if it was his fight," she added.


After the textile worker Cigdem Kaya, Kemal Okuyan, the Secretary-General of TKP, took the stage. 

He started his speech by welcoming the textile worker and said "We started to feel the excitement of 100 years ago! Cigdem, who just spoke, explained the source of this excitement."

"When we look at the world and Turkey in 2019, we see nothing but our own ideals for humanity. And this, of course, gives us excitement. We are uncomfortable because of having to live in such an order. But we have the will to change this order, we believe that we can change and this is why we are excited," Okuyan added.

After Okuyan's speech, members and volunteers who recently joined the party were given badges.