HDP and HDK pay tribute to Deniz Gezmiş, Hüseyin Inan, and Yusuf Aslan

Peoples' Democracy Party (HDP) and Peoples' Democratic Congress (HDK) commemorated Deniz Gezmiş, Hüseyin Inan, and Yusuf Aslan on the 49th anniversary of their execution.

The HDP Central Executive Committee stated, “It has been 49 years since Deniz Gezmiş, Hüseyin İnan, Yusuf Aslan were executed. With this political execution, which took place on 6 May 1972, the ruling power wanted to suppress the demands of the people of Turkey for equality, freedom and revolution.”

However, added the HDP, “executing the 3 young men neither ended the struggle nor prevented the society's demand for revolution and change. On the contrary, those who lost their lives in the way to freedom, equality, peace and brotherhood, especially Deniz, Hüseyin and Yusuf, became immortal in the hearts and struggle of millions. Society's demand for revolution and change has grown even more. The torch of freedom lit these young revolutionaries continues to illuminate the way for all of us who struggle."

The HDP's message added: ”The revolutionaries and those who struggled did not bow yesterday, and continue to walk into the future with their head high today.”

HDK: We do not bow down, we do not surrender, we do not obey

The HDK Executive Board also commemorated the revolutionaries who were executed on 6 May 1972. The statement said: "[The three revolutionaries] said goodbye by chanting ‘Long live the independence struggle of the Turkish and Kurdish peoples! Long live the workers and peasants! Long live the revolutionaries!’ Those who followed their path, straightened their struggle repeating these words everywhere. They continue to live in the hearts and consciousness of our youth and oppressed peoples, despite the passing years.”

The statement added: “In this special conjuncture created by the pandemic combined with the crisis of the world imperialist capitalist system, the ruling power want to restore their sovereignty once again by stopping the democratic movement of the peoples with ‘political genocide’ operations. The Palace Regime, which they have fortified with political coups, wants to disperse and surrender the organized struggle of our peoples with police and judicial operations as well as pandemic restrictions. They want us to look down, bow our head. We do not bow down, we do not surrender, we do not obey.”