We want respect!
This is a summary of some of the key points made during the hour long interview with the the spokesperson from RedHack, a Turkish, Marxist-Leninist hackers collective on the channel Halk TV on 7 June 2013.
The full interview is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJIYmfoDEMc
For full text in English: http://redhackenglish.tumblr.com/
The summary here is the answers only, not entirely in the order in which they were given.
For RedHack, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RedHack
‘Was the previous governments any different?’ PM Erdogan asked ‘why didn’t the people oppose to previous governments when they took over green land to build Sheraton or Koc University [both near Gezi Park, Istanbul]?’
The people have just woken up!
The Gezi Park resistance has shown us the extent of censorship and self-censorship of the media. Even Turkish reporters who went to Tahrir were not here. But we are used to listening to news about Turkey from abroad. Until consumers realise their power, this will continue.
Our criticism is not aimed at the media workers themselves. It’s aimed at the owners and financiers of media which has become a tool for the government and national and international capital.
THE POLICE AND THE STATE
So instead of being there for the people, the police showed its other face to a much wider section of society. Those who were already revolutionaries know this other face well. But the others had the chance to see it thanks to the Gezi Park resistance.
The state is organised against its people: against trade unionists, students, artists, media, workers…you don’t need to look far. What happened on 1 May demonstrates this. There has been no investigation about the violence used on 1 May of this year.
The government refer to the constitution selectively – they use it to implement a prohibitive alcohol law, but they do not implement Clause 138 that says ‘do not intervene with the judicial system’.
People have reminded them that this is not an eternal government.
Police covered up the ID numbers on their helmets. Is this any different from tampering with evidence?
PM Erdoğan has a nephew who was caught with 50 kilos of heroin. This should not be allowed to happen.
The director of anti-terror branch in Istanbul was found guilty at the European Court of Human Rights for the torture and rapes he committed in Diyarbakir. Decision 719.8/1 [RedHack said they’ll check and correct in their social media if the number is mistaken]
The profile of people in Gezi is very varied. It has really shown us that people from different socio-economic groups, backgrounds and places can live together in peace, with love, cleanly and in harmony. Not just in Taksim. People resisted in Gazi too, Dersim, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya and many other cities across the country……. The government are trying to present this people’s revolt as ‘illegal organisations, marginal groups’ and the like. His advisors must explain to the PM that this is not so.
PM Erdoğan says ‘if you are going to be an environmentalist, let’s do it together’. If this is a genuine call for cooperation, how come:
The association of architects and town planners are amongst the Taksim resisters?
200,000 trees are being cut down in Ercis, Van (in the South East of the country)?
In Ataturk Forest Farm, they falsely recorded 60-year old trees as 20 years old – knowing full well that 60 years old trees qualify for protection under the law?
They removed all legal barriers in front of the privatisation of Turkish Petroleum Limited Partnership [which will have detrimental effects on the environment].
They are building a 3rd bridge in Istanbul which [merely according to conservative estimates] will cause the felling of 1 million trees?
Why are they destroying the Kaz Mountains [in the Aegean region near Troy], Cerrattepe (Artvin) near the Black Sea?
If such a bridge is indeed ‘necessary’, it’s for town planners, the city’s authorities and its people to decide.
If we are talking about who is a traitor, it’s not the people in Gezi Park. It’s the MPs who did not oppose to the changes to the Coastal Protection Law.
PM Erdoğan says “own and protect your history” and, “you can’t speak without knowing the history of Gezi Park.
Yes, there were previously barracks on the site of Gezi Park. But before then it was a Armenian cemetery. We also know this.
If the government is so sensitive about history, why are they destroying Hasankeyf which meets 9 out of 10 criteria of being a World Heritage Site?”
[For clarity for those from the outside world who don’t know the significance of these examples, it would be helpful to say in summary: The Red Hack spokesman is making it clear that the PM has a very selective approach to ‘history’.]
WOMEN AND GENDER
Many women have been killed through domestic violence, honour killings, tribal laws, and incest.
The word ‘woman’ has been excised from the ministry set up to look after women [it’s now called the ‘family ministry’]
This government came into power on the top of a wave of support from women who wanted the right to cover their heads [these previously had been controversial and even illegal in Turkish professional and public life].
Every Saturday, the mothers of those who were ‘disappeared’ in police custody (17,000 of them) meet in Istiklal Street to question these disappearances. But they are moved along because they are considered to be an eye-sore for the tourists.
Under all this lies the following thought process: ‘Armenians don’t like me’ ‘Pomak [eh?!] don’t like me’ ‘People from the Caucasus don’t like me’ ‘Arabs don’t like me’ ‘Kurds don’t like me’…’Turks have no friends but other Turks’
We are tired of such exclusion and disrespect.
As they have shown themselves willing and capable at the Gezi movement, people must take ownership of the electoral system. If necessary, NGO representatives should monitor ballot boxes [this refers to the accusations that the last elections were not fair].
When they tried to privatise Capital Gas, no one wanted to buy it because it’s been so badly managed.
Ankara has over 40 twin cities (including Tokyo). It has more debt than any of these.”
We’re hoping that the people to react what is happening in Ankara in a more sensitive and proactive way, just like we’ve seen in Gezi Park. We’re hoping that they react to the smallest injustices.
And I know we’ve talked for a long time, but I hope you can allow me one last word (“Of course”):
We want people to be more sensitive and more active – just as they’ve been in Gezi.
If one day we get caught and, like our revolutionary leaders, brothers, and comrades, we get killed before our time, our last will and testament to the people is that:
If you believe we are worth it (because of our actions, what we stand for, what we disseminate), get out on to the streets, and don’t go back home, don’t lie with your lover, don’t reap your harvest, don’t rest on your laurels until you build an equal and just world without exploitation.
None of us is afraid. We are by the people as we promised, and we’re continuing to keep our promise.