Monday, September 12, 2022

Turkey: Communist Party's 102nd founding anniversary celebrated in Istanbul

The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) celebrated its 102nd anniversary with a political and cultural event held in Istanbul. Under the slogan “victory belongs to the workers who resist”, ETF workers who have been fighting for their rights entered the hall receiving the warm applause by the large crowd, including workers, unionists, associations' members, young men and women.

Speaking at the opening of the event, the head of TKP Istanbul Provincial Organization Senem Doruk Inam underlined: “We know that we can rebuild this country together. The owners of this country can and will rule this country”. 
In his keynote speech, TKP General Secretary Kemal Okuyan noted that “you cannot love your country without the will to change and, at the same time, if you don't love your country, you can't change it”. Okuyan also refereed to the recent electoral coalition, the Union of Socialist Forces, saying that its formation “paves the way for a left that breaks away from social democracy and liberalism”. Among other things, referring to the 2023 Turkish general elections, the General Secretary said that “the TKP is preparing for the most effective election period in its history. We are organizing. We promise to raise the flag of equality and freedom in every corner of Turkey”.

The event also included a cultural program, with songs and poems delivered by artists such as Nihat Behram, Orhan Aydın, An Vokal music group, Ercan & Gökhan Çağıran and Gülcan Altan.