08 | 12 | 2019

APPEAL of the 21st IMCWP

20 October 2019, İzmir

 The 21 st International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties has taken place once again in Turkey after four years, this time in İzmir, under the mutual responsibility of the KKE and the TKP. The 137 participants representing 74 parties from 58 countries, express their comradely gratitude to both parties for undertaking this responsibility. 

This year is the 100 th anniversary of the founding of the Comintern. We witnessed numerous situations that prove to us again and again the importance of solidarity and joint struggles of communist parties and the importance of the union of the revolutionary efforts for the overcoming of capitalism as a destructive world system with no future. 

HDPTurkey’s unlawful invasion of northern Syria seeks not only to destroy the possibility of a Kurdish-led autonomous region there but also to reshape domestic politics though militarism and Islamist-nationalist discourses aimed at destroying the democratic opposition at home, first and foremost the HDP – the only anti-war party at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

With the start of the invasion on 9 October 2019, Turkish government completely shut down the democratic political field and suspended even the most basic rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of press, the right to assembly and peaceful protest. It banned any critical news about the war in the media. Leave aside criticizing the invasion; even calling it an “invasion” or “war” is criminalized by the government as “supporting terrorism” or “treason.”

Co-hosted by the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the 21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties (IMCWP) has been completed on Sunday in its fourth day.

The last day of the meeting started with the presentations of the reports of the delegates. In the next session, the draft of the final declaration of the meeting was discussed. Many delegates expressed their opinions on different issues and conveyed their suggestions. In the afternoon session of the meeting, where 137 delegates from 58 countries and 74 parties came together in İzmir, the draft continued to be discussed. With the latest proposals, the declaration was finalized.

A delegation from the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) participated in the 21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP) held last weekend in İzmir, Turkey, under the auspices of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). The IMCWP conference focused on proletarian internationalism.

A working group of the IMCWP, composed of members from 25 Communist parties from around the world, held a meeting last June and decided that this year’s meeting will take place in Izmir, Turkey, under the joint auspices of the Turkish and Greek parties, and will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist International and the theme: “The fight for peace and socialism continues!”

Co-hosted by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), the 21st International Meeting of the Communist and Workers' Parties (IMCWP) has started today in İzmir, following the working group meeting yesterday.

The 21st International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties (IMCWP) has started to be held in Turkey’s İzmir, under the shared responsibility of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). The IMCWP that will be continuing until October 20 will be focusing on proletarian internationalism.

Honoring the centenary, the theme of the meeting will be “100th Anniversary of the founding of the Communist International: The fight for peace and socialism continues!”

A 5,8 magnitude earthquake centered in the Sea of Marmara hit Istanbul on the 26th of September, resulting in no death but some injured citizens and damaged buildings. The experience revealed that Istanbul is not prepared at all for a much bigger earthquake that experts are expecting in Marmara. In 1999, a 7,6 magnitude earthquake on the same fault system had killed over 17.000 people.

In the light of these events and facts, the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) published a statement the day after the last earthquake. According to the TKP, it is apparent that İstanbul is in a worse situation than in 1999 against earthquakes. The Party emphasizes that there is no need to be surprised by being unprepared for earthquakes while being ruled by the AKP governance as it is the reason for systematically getting away from science, logic, and justice. Indeed, the institutions that are directly related to quakes have made different statements, leading to an escalating panic among the people. In the published statement, TKP draws attention to the emergency muster points which were decreased from 407 to 77 due to unplanned urbanization. During the earthquake, the people could not communicate via their mobile phones and their right to communication was violated because the telecommunication monopolies did not make any proper investments in accordance with the increasing capacity although they rob the people with heavy bills.

I had the opportunity to attend meetings in Istanbul and Izmir, and I have detailed information about Ankara. We had the opportunity to share the evaluations of TKP on the political environment of Turkey in detail. It is possible to say that the meetings were very productive in this respect. Better yet, the distance between the evaluations of our party and the approaches of the close relations of the party is almost completely closed.

redstarThe ruling AKP's mayoral candidate for Istanbul, Binali Yıldırım, admitted election defeat, in a recent statement he made. Yıldırım stated that CHP candidate Ekrem Imamoğlu was leading the election. He congratulated İmamoğlu.

The official results are not published yet. The first unofficial results coming to the news agencies showed a big difference between the two major rivals in Istanbul rerun. According to the results, CHP's İmamoglu wins 53.72% of the votes, while AKP's Yıldırım wins 45.37%. The turnout rate is 84.42 percent, out of 10.570.222 voters. In March 31 elections, İmamoğlu won %48.77, while Yıldırım won %48.61.

"When the Communist Party of Turkey said, "Ekrem İmamoğlu is the Mayor of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality”, it was not defending him and the politics he represented but an improved understanding of justice. This understanding was the basic reason that led us to ignore İmamoğlu’s and his alliance’s decision to participate in the repeated elections and to make a call for an influential boycott.

However, both our understanding of justice and our political responsibility oblige us to maintain our attitude towards the annulment decision of the elections against the reactionary and pro-market agreement that have been imposed on our people during the repeated electoral process.      

On a warm summer day with a cool breeze blowing gently from the Aegean shore, cars were shuttling between the hotel and the airport. Each vehicle had a couple of attendants, one Turkish and one Greek, greeting the representatives from various countries, who were arriving to attend a meeting that would take place on the next day, the 8th of June. It was reminiscent of Izmir of a century ago - an ancient and prosperous trade city of the East Mediterranean, mostly populated by Greeks and Turks.

But the scene was not only a nostalgic reminder of the past. The young members of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) were running around as part of a deliberate endeavor to recuperate certain moments and qualities of the past.

tkpZehra Güner Karaoğlu, the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality candidate of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) in the local elections of March 31, handed over her waiver of candidacy for the revote on June 23.

Along with Karaoğlu’s waiver, one more bill was given to the local election board with the signature of her party, the TKP.

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