We did not have the patience to wait any longer
You came with your smiling face and your eyes lighting up like the North Star…
AT LAST YOU CAME AND ARE SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH YOUR COMRADES… HEART TO HEART…
WE WILL ALSO DANCE THE HALAY OF VICTORY SHOULDER TO SHOULDER!
IN THE NEAR FUTURE!
Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca were put on trial on 1 December. Nuriye Gulmen was released after six and a half months in prison. The court sentenced her to 6 years and 3 months on charges of “membership of an organisation” by punishing her on the 268th day of hunger.
The court took revenge on Nuriye while releasing her. The court delegation, which had acquitted Semih Ozakca, who had been arrested under the same charges, decided to CONDEMN HER TO DEATH with a political decision because Nuriye was the first to launch the action! This trial process is entirely unlawful and the court has taken the decision quickly and has PUNISHED Nuriye without giving her the opportunity to defend herself!
This was one of the fastest criminal proceedings in the legal system of Turkey. The punishment was obvious from the very first days they were detained! Nuriye was kept in isolation conditions, kept at the hospital for weeks without being allowed a refakatci (person allowed to accompany a sick friend in hospital), and kept under military control. Then, under conditions in which she could not even tell night from day, she was held in the prison section of the hospital basement. She was not brought to court, citing her health condition, but every time the decision was taken to continue imprisonment!
Even in the most difficult conditions for Nuriye, she kept resisting and they gave hope to the people with their resistance. Nuriye and Semih resisted every second. While their bodies grew thinner day by day, they embraced the whole world with their warm smiles. At every second of the day wherever we were, our hearts were one with them. There’s no place we did not open a banner, we did not get detained. In the last two months 100 People’s Front supporters have been imprisoned. 17 lawyers of Nuriye and Semih were imprisoned and we resisted the police attacks twice a day in front of the Yuksel Monument (in Ankara).
But we never expected justice from the courts of fascism, we always turn to the people. Because the instruction has already been given about them, it is a crime to oppose the state of emergency and give hope to the people! As support actions have been carried out in all parts of the world, we COMPELLED THEM TO SURRENDER NURIYE FROM THE GRIP OF TYRANNY.
The state of emergency will be crushed under the feet of Nuriye and Semih, and they will be allowed to go back to work!
We also greet all our friends who have responded to our calls, lending their shoulders to the resistance from different parts of the world… The release of Nuriye and Semih is the result of the pushing the AKP fascists into a corner.
However, their demands were still rejected, and in the case of Nuriye the court decision is a reprisal preventing a return to work. But the resistance continues, we will work harder for the victory of Nuriye… They arrested and sentenced them illegally. We do not accept this punishment and unlawfulness, as long as the demands of Nuriye and Semih are not granted WE WILL CONTINUE TO RESIST!
People’s Front – International Relations Committee