Internationalists' call for 15 August: 'Smash Turkish Fascism'

The RiseUp4Rojava campaign announced that they "will go into permanent resistance by blocking, disrupting, occupying all the places of cooperating with Turkish fascism in our contexts.

The RiseUp4Rojava campaign has launched a renewed offensive on 15 August against the fascist Turkish state and its henchmen with the stated goal of further stopping the war machinery and revenues for the fascist Turkish military and state.

The date has been carefully chosen, as on 15 August 1984 PKK guerrillas stormed police and military bases in the Kurdish towns of Eruh and Semdinli in occupied Northern Kurdistan.

"What began as the determined action of a small group - said the internationalists in a statement - soon turned into the struggle of millions.   From the mass uprisings in the 1990s, the achievements in the field of democratic politics to the revolution of Rojava - all these are unthinkable without the offensive of 15th August. 15th August is more than just an ordinary anniversary and a day of remembrance; 15th August is the starting point of the now groundbreaking revolutionary process in the region."

The campaign announced that they "will go into permanent resistance by blocking, disrupting, occupying all the places of cooperating with Turkish fascism in our contexts. Our common work and international offensives so far have shown that we can cause huge damages to the Turkish fascist state and the war machinery by focusing on physical targets of Turkish interest in our countries, putting our common strength together. By our popular demand, the Turkish arms industry has been forced into a deep crisis. For example, the export of armored steel to several Turkish companies has been halted (e.g. Otokar, Roketsan, BMC), and the development of the ‘Altay’ tanks, ‘TFX’ jets and acquisition of new ‘ATAK’ helicopters could not go ahead due to the non-availability of engines."

The statement recalled that "the cooperation of our countries, however, with the fascist Turkish state has by no means stopped, and Turkish war crimes and occupations continue with the support of companies, banks, and other entities at our doorsteps! Old contracts are being kept up; others are being renewed; tourism continues to finance Turkish war crimes; know-how is being transferred, so Turkey can produce armored steel themselves. Thus, we increase our permanent resistance against the targets we already identified and damaged in the past, such as Rheinmetall, Airbus, Credit Suisse, ThyssenKrupp, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE systems, Rolls Royce, Leonardo in the weapons industries and with Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, TUI, SunExpress in the toursim sector."

The statement added: "We will also focus in our renewed offensive, gathering also our common strength onto new targets. Era-Min, financed by the EU ‘Horizon 2020 research and innovative program’, is a central target. It is a multinational cooperation, researching around metallic raw materials and industry, enabling Turkey to produce armored steel domestically. The Turkish state research agency participating in ERA-MIN is TÜBİTAK, already being heavily criticised by purging scientists not agreeing with the fascist AKP-MHP regime. All the research organisations that are part of ERA-MIN and are to be targeted can be found on the website.

Another target is the Turkish Army Investment Fund, OYAK, owning some 60 companies in 21 countries, ranging around defence, cars, steel, energy, chemicals, finance etc., including also OYAK-Renault; Milux Finland and Poland; OMSAN Logistique in France, Romania, Russia and Morocco."