Lettera dalle prigioni

Posted on November 8, 2012



 Dal blog del partito della Pace e della Democrazia (BDP)

We are sharing the latest letter written by Kurdish prisoners in hunger strike. The letter displays that 10 thousand more prisoners are joining the hunger strike, which then becomes one of the largest hunger strike protests in history.

The statement made by those in hunger strike on September 5, 2012:

We hereby enthusiastically salute the insurgencies that our people, the revolutionaries and democrats of Turkey, the friends of our people in Kurdistan and in the metropolis of Turkey, are daring to carry out.

This magnificent resistance, declared with great determination, has shown to friends and foe alike; our people own up and will always own up to its freedom, to its sons and daughters, to its nation and dignity.

Our people, who stood up with a spirit of national unity, and the revolutionary democrats, who are the friends of our nation and who participated in the insurgencies with the principle of living together freely and shaping a collective future of freedom, have given the JDP state a lesson never to be forgotten. They have announced that they will never step back from their perspective of liberty.

This is our invitation to the people of Kurdistan and to the revolutionary democratic public:

No power can stand against our peoples in uprising. Our request and expectation from our people and friends is that these uprisings are not limited to a few days but will continue until the day we attain our freedom as a people.

All must know that we are at the dawn of our liberation and we must go on struggling, uninterrupted, until we are liberated from this tyrannical rule. It is our duty to transform every place into a space of opposition and insurrection, without halting nor pausing until we reach our goals.

To the attention of the public; to the attention of all democratic people and human rights circles:

We have no intentions of making anyone kneel down. We are not blackmailing anyone and we will accept no one’s blackmail.

We, those who are prisoners of freedom, are by this action announcing to the public and to the whole world our most basic and humane social and political rights, which are legitimately ours; ours like our mother’s milk is ours.

We say: cruelty does not make one prosperous. We demand that these atrocities end. We say that those who become prosperous by tyranny end up in misery.

Erdoğan and his crew should know that this tyrannical order, this sultanate of cruelty, this atrocious system will bring no prosperity to those who carry them out. Those who prosper will end up in a dreadful state of being.

We are demanding an answer:

We are asking the whole world: Who can ignore our right to defend ourselves in our native language? Who can deny our right to education in our mother tongue? Who can find it normal that a people’s leader is kept in isolation and tortured? Who can reject a dialogue with our leader, who is the only assurance and the sole key to our living together? We are demanding that anyone who calls herself human respond to these questions!

We are saying “Enough already,” “Edi Bese!” to this system that ignores us as a people, refuses our existence, and denies our liberty.
For resolving the Kurdish issue with peaceful and democratic means, for our peoples to live in sisterhood and fraternity, for our dignity and freedom, we are lying our bodies down for death.

It should be known: Our action is also an appeal to Conscience, a cry of an oppressed people, a way of calling off the insults hurled at our people, and through us, at all humanity.

For our demands we are addressing only the JDP government. Our action will end when we achieve our goals. Until then new people will join us every day.

We are announcing to our people and to the public:

The hunger strike that we began on September 12 is in its 54th day.

As of today, we are entering a new stage in our charge. From November 5th forward, we will continue our action with the involvement of ten thousand people. Beginning Monday November 5th 2012, all of the allied prisoners except for the sick, the elderly, and the children will go on an indefinite hunger strike without rotation.

We are warning the JDP government, prime minister Erdoğan, and all other parties:

We are inviting all people who approach us merely casually rather than seriously, who use all means to break and denigrate our strike, and who are responsible for twisting reality by misrepresenting our truth, to sobriety.

We are saying, “let us prevent any outcome that could endanger the willpower of our peoples to live together and our social peace.” It should be known that a resolution can not be achieved by ignoring our demands, decrying our action and lying on television, in Europe, and in front of the whole world. On the contrary, the path to peace goes through a constructive engagement.

Our beloved people of Kurdistan and our families:

Our hunger strike joined by the insurgency of our people and transformed into national unity and will power will play a historical role and give rise to historical outcomes. We are fully convinced of that and we wish and expect that our people and friends become convinced as well.

We are calling on our Turkish sisters and brothers, on all the peoples living in Turkey and on all responsive parties in question to contribute to our resistance, to support and to give a hand to our people, who are now standing up.

The winner will be our people, the winner will be freedom, the winner will be peace, the winner will be the future and democracy of our people. Those who lose will be the enemies of liberty.