Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) released a statement denouncing the hypocritic attitude of the ruling party of AKP on the referendum to be held in spring 2017.
ICP, 27 January 2017
On 26th January, four days after the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) has formally declared to be returning back to the political arena, 42 members of TKP were taken into custody in Ankara, Çanakkale and Adana while distributing a statement titled ‘Enough’ against the presidency system imposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), The TKP made a statement denouncing the hypocritic attitude of the ruling party of AKP on the referendum to be held in spring 2017.
In its statement titled as, ‘How will this referendum be held?’, TKP indicated that the country is stuck amid the caprices of a gambling despot of whom the political career is finished and underlined that they will not be settling only with campaigning against the presidential system but they will be calling the working class for organized struggle.
TKP also stated that AKP is hiding behind the mask of ‘popular will, elections and referendum’ while is choking any of the opposed opinions. The inevitable result of this attitude, according to TKP, is distrusting and delegitimizing the electoral result. TKP once again declared to continue to the firm struggle in the interest of the working class in Turkey.
The complete statement is as follows:
How will this referendum be held?
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’.
Turkey seems to be entering a referendum process, being stuck amid the caprices of a dangerously gambling despot of whom the dead political career is trying to be knit together with the destiny of the country, and the ‘cute’ opposition of the system on which the imperialists will finally decide to gamble on.
That is why we do not settle with only saying 'NO’, but at the same time we are calling the working class for organized struggle.
In Ankara 26, Çanakkale 10, Adana 6 and in the sum 42 of our comrades were detained under illegal ways while distributing the declaration on the referendum that will be held on the presidential system.
If you do not want any campaign to be conducted against the referendum,tell it openly and put only the choice for ‘yes’ in the ballot box.
But then, you should bear all the results!
Holding a referendum and not letting anyone else to speak is a deception...
The attitude of AKP speaking on the one hand about popular will, elections and referendum and on the other choking any of the opposed opinions does not lead to any other result other than increasing the distrust and delegitimizing the electoral result. But, it cannot change our firm attitude on our campaign for ‘no’.
TKP, in its firm struggle shall not step back but, like until now, shall continue to be the voice of the working class of Turkey.
Communist Party of Turkey (TKP)