This is a recent statement from Halk Cephesi (People’s Front) International Relations Committee , please read and share widely- RGA
AKP IS TRYING TO CORRUPT THE PEOPLES OF TURKEY! HASAN FERIT GEDIK CENTRE FOR STRUGGLE AND LIBERATION AGAINST DRUGS WAS OCCUPIED BY AKP’S MURDEROUS POLICE AND TURNED INTO A POLICE STATION!
IT WAS NOT DRUG DEALERS THAT WERE DETAINED, BUT RATHER 15 CHILDREN OF THE PEOPLE UNDERGOING TREATMENT!
WE INVITE ALL OF THOSE UNITED IN THE ANTI-IMPERIALIST FRONT TO SHOW SOLIDARITY!
The Hasan Ferit Gedik Centre for Struggle and Liberation against Drugs, which was founded by Halk Cephesi in 2014 in Istanbul’s Gazi Mahallesi, in order to wage a struggle against drugs, was raided by AKP’s murderous police in the early hours of August 31. As a result of the repression in the drug rehabilitation centre, 15 persons that were struggling to get rid of their drug dependency were taken into custody.
The AKP seeks to popularize drug use, especially in revolutionary neighbourhoods, in order to hinder the politicization of the youth. While drug dealers are warned and punished through the efforts of the Gazi People’s Assembly and the members of the Halk Cephesi, the AKP rewards these pushers by calling them victims of terrorism and compensating them.
Drug dealers, which are punished by the Halk Cephesi, are escorted from the neighbourhood under police protection! The patients, the people’s children, struggling to climb out of the system’s quicksands, are taken into custody at dead of night and agonized by armed police officers!
This centre, tasked with keeping the struggle alive, adorned with the name of Hasan Ferit Gedik, who was slaughtered by drug gangs during an action to oppose the degradation of the people in Istanbul’s Gülsuyu Mahallesi, hosted the 7. International Eyüp Baş Symposium for Peoples’ Unity against Imperialist Aggression on April 15-16, 2016 to progress the peoples’ anti-imperialist solidarity. This centre was raided and occupied by the police because this centre gives hope to the peoples of the world, because it pulls the youth out of the system’s quicksands!
Even though 1 week has passed since the assault took place, the police attack the people at gunpoint, the families of the drug-addicted individuals, taken into custody, are assaulted and detained! The Murderous police have occupied the Hasan Ferit Gedik Centre for Struggle and Liberation against Drugs and are building a police station. The Big Gazi Park, which belongs to the people of Gazi, was occupied by the bloody-minded police, who closed all of its entrances and exits!
We invite all of our revolutionary friends to display solidarity against the conversion of this centre, at which the people’s children have been receiving treatment against drug dependency, into a police station.
To demand the release of those of our friends, with whom we ate and drank together, those friends, with whom we, at the symposium, organized solidarity against the issues of the peoples of the world; to hinder the conversion of this centre into a police station, let’s organize actions of solidarity in front of Turkish Embassies and Consulates all around the world! Let’s publish statements of solidarity!
Down with Fascism, Long Live our Struggle!
Long Live International Solidarity!
We Demand the Release of Those, Detained at the Hasan Ferit Gedik Centre For Struggle and Liberation against Drugs!
We Will not Allow for the Hasan Ferit Gedik Centre for Struggle and Liberation against Drugs to Be Turned into a Police Station!
We Will not Allow for the People of Gazi to Be Slaughtered!
Halk Cephesi (People’s Front) International Relations Committee