The Turkish media kept the massacre secret from public for 24 hours! The ambulances heading towards Uludere were stopped by soldiers in Sirnak and they did give permission to travel until later and they reached the people at 8am. The villagers are asking, ‘who authorised stopping the ambulances?’ They want answers! But the authorities do not answer!
The Ministry of Justice’s indifference to the ongoing hunger strikes in prisons as well as the police footages of ‘civil’ Friday prayers were criticized in the sit-in in Batman, where families of missing persons expressed their determination in establishing justice for enforced disappearances cases.
In the 368th sit-in in Istanbul, Saturday Mothers asked the fate of Nurettin Yedigöl who was murdered by torture in custody in 1981. “Those responsible for murders and disappearances have been promoted instead of being punished. The case will not be closed for us until those responsible are tried,” said the mothers.
In Cizre, Dayikên Þemiyê (Saturday Mothers) have told the story of Abdurrahman Akyol who was murdered in 1995. Akyol’s widow Ayþe Akyol has said that her husband was murdered by Major Cemal on duty in Cizre and demanded his trial.
The concept that there is a moral law is the essential foundation of justice, civil equality, and human rights. Dr. Luther King in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail argued from the basis of a moral law to appeal to his readers using writers from the Christian natural law tradition to make his case that an unjust law does not bind the conscience, and that we have a moral responsibility to resist unjust laws. Previous regimes bombed Kurdish newspapers’ buildings, but this regime closes them and puts the journalists in jail; that is the only difference between the current and former ruling parties. Turkish oppression against the Kurds has gone on for more than three decades; yet, you will not see one newspaper address the oppression by the military or by the Turkish government. You will hear at every prayer time at mosques imams condemning Israel, but praising the Turkish armed forces, declaring them heroes, and encouraging them to kill more Kurdish guerillas young men and women. Once, however, their interests are involved, they declare the military and the armed forces terrorists and put them on trial not because of what they have done to the Kurdish people but because what they have done to their devotees. Gülen himself in all of his past speeches praised the military and called the military a holy institution.
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