For the 23rd April Grup Yorum planned its traditionally concert with the title »independent Turkey« in Istanbul/Yenikapi. In the past years the concerts were over and over banned and also Germany has more and more joined the AKP politics by refusing visas for the band, which has also organized peaceful concerts with up to ten thousands fans for decades in Europe.
Grup Yorum could count up to a million visitors at its concerts for an »independent Turkey« in Istanbul. Despite of preventions by the governemnt in the past years, it was still able to organize concerts with hundred thousands, or in worst case spontanous concerts with its fans in several neighborhoods and streets of Istanbul. We translated the latest statement of Grup Yorum, concerning the ban of the concert.
The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) issued the following statement:
Everyone is aware of the tensions between the AKP and several European countries. This international scandal is nothing but vileness done by a fundamentalist gang which considers its own interests, future, and destiny over the country’s destiny.
In the last two days more than 40 members of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) were detained during the campaign for rejecting the presidential system at the referendum which will be held on in Spring 2017. The attitude of the AKP government alleging to be giving the choice on the one hand and on the other, choking the rest alternatives, has no result other than increasing the distrust and delegitimizing the electoral result. But, it cannot change our firm attitude on our campaign for ‘NO’.
A twin bomb attack outside a soccer stadium in the Turkish city of İstanbul on December 10. The first and larger explosion took place about 10:30 less than two hours after a match had finished on Saturday evening. Officials gave no immediate details on the nature of the second explosion, which sounded like it came from the same area. The Communist Party, Turkey (KP) released a statement condemning the attack. The full statement is as follows:
Since the declaration of the state of emergency on 20th of July 2016, in Turkey 146 press and broadcasting media outlets have been closed. The Turkish government is conducting these attacks on media through decree law. Within the last 4 months the government has enacted 10 decree laws, 2 of them for the closure of media outlets. The second one was announced on 29th of October 2016, when 15 - to date still remaining - mainly Kurdish news agencies, newspapers and journals were closed down. One of the via decree law closed down agencies is JINHA, the first all-female news agency in the Middle East.
We would like to inform you regarding the attack that took place yesterday, Friday, November 4th 2016 in Diyarbakir:
The location that was attacked by ISIS at around 8:00 am yesterday morning was a police school, which has been used for more than ten years as an additional service building by the Diyarbakır General Directorate of Police. It is located in the center of Bağlar province and consists of a a complex of several units that houses also the riot police directorate.
In Turkey, the AKP government's increasingly ongoing operations of political genocide have tonight targeted the deputies of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) who were detained as a result of simultaneous house raids in line with the order of Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor. HDP Diyarbakır MP Çağlar Demirel stated the followings regarding the crackdown on the party executives: »These raids and detentions are a coup. The will of the people cannot be suppressed through an abduction and arrest of their elected representatives. We consider this a coup and never accept it. This is the fascistic approach of the state.«
France’s National Alliance of Elected Communists and Republicans Association (ANECR) Chairperson and Champigny-sur-Marne Metropolitan Mayor Dominique Adenot strongly condemned the arrests of Amed Metropolitan Municipality Co-mayors Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı.