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Turkey | Writer Fikret Başkaya and HDP members detained in Ankara

Turkish police detained writer Fikret Başkaya (77) and some HDP members in Ankara.

The AKP/Palace regime continues attacking opponent intellectuals and writers as well as Kurdish people and their elected representatives.

Turkey | Turkish revolutionary Left: Despotism has lost!

Turkish left forces continue to analize results of recent referendum. DIP, one of country’s left parties, states Erdogan lost the referendum.

The results of the referendum have not become definitive and will in all probability be debated for at least days to come. The extremely controversial decisions of the High Electoral Commission have cast a long shadow on the referendum, in addition to the manner in which the propaganda was carried on before the voting day, with public money and television channels being used in favour of the “Yes” camp in unfettered manner and with Erdoğan acting already as a partisan president, which is what is supposed to be voted on in this referendum, while the “No” campaign was attacked both by the forces of the state and thugs close to the AKP and the fascist party MHP. And despite all of this, the working masses have shown that they will not accept the despotism that is being imposed on Turkey. At least 24 million people have refused the new system.

Turkish trade unions say “no” to referendum

The confederation of progressive trade unions of Turkey (DISK) continue to say “no” to constitutional amendments after recent referendum the Statement of Executive Board of DISK proclaims.

The declared but unconfirmed result of the constitutional referendum, which aims establish a presidential regime instead of the current parliamentary democracy, points to new problems, tensions and deepening divisions for Turkey.

Turkey | EU wants Turkey’s Erdogan to be the next ‘Yanukovych’

by Said Gafurov

When discussing the recent scandal in the relations between Turkey and the European Union, many pay attention to the electoral aspect of this conflict – the forthcoming elections in Germany and France and a referendum in Turkey. However, it remains unclear why Turkish President Erdogan has decided to go to the length of the conflict.

Turkey | The quest to quell opposition leads to ‘academocide’

by Candan Badem

Turkey’s Islamist government dismissed 330 academics from state service under a state of emergency decree last week, without any legal due process or evidence. Half of them are from Academics for Peace, a group of more than 2,000 academics who signed the January 2016 petition “We will not be party to this crime”, urging the government to stop violence against civilian Kurds.
I am among those who were dismissed by an earlier decree on 1 September 2016 for being a Gülenist, a follower of the man blamed by the Turkish government for being behind last year’s coup attempt.
As an openly secular, atheist person and a vocal critic of Fethullah Gülen and political Islam in general, my dismissal as a Gülenist was like a bad joke. Three days after the dismissal, my office and home were searched by the police and I was detained. A book by Gülen found in my university office was enough of a reason for my detention. This was again like a bad joke, because, for one thing, reading Gülen’s books is not a crime and, for another, I had used passages from that book against Gülen in social media.