The trial of the 10 leaders and members of ATIK (Confederation of Turkish Workers in Europe) will start on June 17th 2016 in the Munich Supreme Court. This is the climax of a police-judiciary operation which started on April 15th 2015 in France, Switzerland, Greece and Germany, under the orders of German federal judiciary authorities. 4 were arrested in Greece and after the country-wide solidarity mobilization 3 were released and 1 (Deniz Pektaş) was given away to the German authorities.
The indictment –which was constructed on data provided by the Turkish fascist authorities- accuses the 10 militants of being members of the illegal organization Communist Party of Turkey (Marxist-Leninist) (TKP/ML). The accusation is based on section 129 a-b of the German Penal Code (added in 2012) which concerns the formation of and participation in terrorist organizations abroad.
The changes are totally unfounded. Not only because TKP/ML is not even in the EU list of terrorist organizations, but because every political party that fights for democratic rights and freedom is considered as “terrorist” by the Turkish fascist regime. At the same time, the Turkish regime murders Turkish and Kurdish militants on a daily basis, commits massive crimes in Turkish Kurdistan, prosecutes and imprisons journalists, teachers and, in general, every voice that turns against the Erdogan governments Lately, they are trying to send out of the Parliament and outlaw political parties that were voted by millions of voters and prepares prosecutions on their MPs.
The prosecution by the German judiciary authorities is in line with the close relations and agreements between Germany and Turkey and the recent agreement between the EU and Turkey on refugees. At the same time, the trial of the Turkish militants is part of the anti-democratic emergency policies adopted throughout the EU and in every member-state.
Until today, there have been mobilizations of solidarity to the ATIK militants in Turkey, France, England, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Cyprus, Austria, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and else ware. The Turkish militants cannot and will not be left alone. It is not only the leadership of ATIK in Europe that will stand trial. It will also be every democratic and anti-fascist voice in Europe. For these reasons:
We condemn the fascist prosecution by the EU and Turkey against the Turkish ATIK militants
We demand that their prosecution is aborted and they are immediately released
*Müslüm Elma, Haydar Bern, Mehmet Yeşilçalı, Erhan Aktürk, Deniz Pektaş, Sami Solmaz, Musa Demir, D. Banu Büyükvaci, Sinan Aydın and Seyit Ali Uğur.