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RISE - Scotland's Left Alliance sends a message of solidarity to the trade unions (KESK, DiSK, TTB, TMMOB), the HDP, and all who were attending the peace demonstration.

 

RISE calls on the Scottish Government to contact David Cameron and Philip Hammond immediately to get answers from President Erdoğan about Saturday's blast and about the police use of violent crowd dispersal tactics on a group of victims. 

 

RISE also calls on the Scottish Government to help organise a group of international election observers for the November elections in Turkey in order to support the pro-democracy activists on the ground

 

The demonstration organised by trade unions in support of labour, peace and democracy, was being held in protest at the Turkish government's escalation of violence in the Kurdish regions. Following two blasts which killed at least 100 people and injured hundreds more, the trade unions have called for a general strike on 12 and 13th October.   

 

The unions are clear that this is an act of state terrorism with police using tear gas and water cannons on the pro-peace crowds immediately following the blasts. The health workers unions say that if they had not already been at the demonstration, the death toll could have been much higher as ambulances were delayed. 

 

Trade unionists from Scotland visited Diyarbakir last month to find out more about the situation.  

 

Sarah Collins, a RISE activist from South Ayrshire who was on the delegation said:

"Whilst in Diyarbakir, we met with leaders of the trade unions who organised Saturday's demonstration. The message was quite clear: there can be no fair and open election in Turkey on 1st November whilst the trade union offices are being raided, whilst pro-Kurdish leftist HDP offices are being attacked, whilst pro-Kurdish towns are under military curfew, whilst HDP parliamentarians are being imprisoned and whilst HDP and trade union rallies are being bombed. 

 

 It is absolutely abhorrent what is going on in Turkey and the Kurdish regions at the moment. We offer our full support, condolences and solidarity to those who are continuing the struggle for peace in Turkey. We hope that November's elections will bring about a change in government which doesn't endanger more people."

 

All messages of solidarity should be sent to international@disk.org.tr and please send your messages of protest to:

 

President of Turkey 

Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Email: cumhurbaskanligi@tccb.gov.tr, Fax 0 (312) 470 24 33

 

Prime Minister of Turkey:

PM Ahmet Davutoğlu, 

Email: bimer@basbakanlik.gov.tr, Fax: +90 312 422 26 69, +90 312 422 18 99