Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Wave of Police Raids and Detentions Starts

Last night and early in the morning hours police forces stormed appartmens and took 50 demonstrators in Istanbul, and 25 in Ankara into custody. After the mass arrest of SDP members last week, this wave of operations has to be understood as the next step in the countless operations that are planned, most of which are still to come. The main traget of this new wave of attacks was the left ESP (Socialist Party of the Oppressed). The offices of the weekly newspaper Atılım, Etkin News Agency and Özgür Radio were raided as well.

The Progressive Lawyers Association (Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği) reported that some of the people taken into custody in Ankara are members of the People's House (Halkevleri).

BDP MP Sırrı Süreyya Önder tweeted about the raids: "At 5 a.m. I heard that they stormed Alp's [a member of the executive council of the People's Democratic Congress (Halkların Demokratik Kongresi)] apartment. I immediately went there. They took Alp into custody. There are about 70 people in custody. In Alp's modest apartment the only documents they could find related to the interest lobby were some debit notes. Instead of that they took the notes for his books :)." The reference to the interest lobby is a side blow at PM Erdogan and the AK Parti, who claim that the protests were organized in advance by the "interest lobby" to harm Turkey.

It is not surprising that the first wave of attack is directed against the organised left. The government always looks for an excuse in order to oppress and weaken the radical left opposition.
It is to be expected that the police operations continue against the left with further raids. Moreover, a wave of 'social media raids' should be expected as well, after Governor Mutlu and Minister of Interior Affairs Güler pointed towards the 'provocations' in social media. Güler even made clear that the government is planning to issue a law that enables  to prosecute people that are spreading "wrong or provocative" information on social media - while it's propably going to be the governing party that decides whether an information is "wrong" or "provocative" (FAZ, 18.06.13, p. 1). A further indications of the tough times ahead are the statements of PM Erdogan claiming that the use of police force will be increased.

It is now more important to stand together and perceive this attacks as what they are - not as attacks on isolated groups, but as attacks on every substantial opposition to the ruling classes!

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