26 Ocak 2013 Cumartesi


Once again we are faced with a new battue.
Those in power are once again attacking our right to defence.
Their target, once again, is the Associaton of Progressist Lawyers (CHD), and its daredevil members.
We must solemnly declare, in face of this attack, that they are our comrades.
For all those revolutionary lawyers who were arrested, from Selçuk Kozağaçlı to Taylan Tanay, are struggling fort he sake of equality and justice of the “Days of Bread and Rose”…
We are witnesses to the corageous struggles they have been leading in defence of Festus Okey and Engin Ceber, both killed by brutal police violence… We are witnesses to their struggle to reveal the police-military hoods; to their persistent pursuit of the cases of revolutionaries fallen under torture; their unearthing of the bodies killed by the military secret police, JITEM; their unflagging efforts to defend the cases of endless femicides, of peasants fighting for their land rights against the hydroelectric dams, of urban poor whose neighborhoods are threatened by gentrification projects, of striking workers, of boycotting students, of Kurds arrested massively along with their lawyers… We are witnesses to their preventive educational program “Usual Suspects” which aims to inform and warn ordinary citizens as well as civil rights activists; their demonstration of how judges and prosecutors have become useless in a penal system in which every case is instigated and disposed of by the security forces.
They are our defenders, our lawyers…
Selçuk Kozağaçlı, the president of CHD, who was in Beirut when the raid on his association was realized and eight of his colleagues were arrested, has made this statement:
“Are we to learn from you, who cannot even go to the toilet without the permission of US, who cannot fly a plane unless the US provides the code, who cannot enter the NATO bases operating within the country, who are indebted to imperialism their rank, education, reason, wealth and badge… are we to learn from you who the agents are? Is the police of those who educate their children abroad on the pretext that there is no freedom in this country, to teach us what it means to work for another country? Do you think that we will be tamed by a baseball bat just like you were? Behave yourselves!
We are heirs to a judicial tradition which has been fighting against your courts, your prosecutors, your police, your investigations since forty years. We have long seen, solved and exposed every trick of yours which seem to you dexterous.
We have no illusion as to thinking we are living in a state governed by law…
Do whatever you can, and we’ll see who will be ashamed in the end.
Once again we are right, and we shall win!”

Yes, they are the lawyers to people’s just cause!
They have been defending us selflessly until today.
Now it is our turn to defend them.
And we solemnly declare that we’ll do it by all our means!

İsmail Beşikçi, Fikret Başkaya, James Petras, Sibel Özbudun, İnci Tuğsavul, Pınar Ömeroğlu, Fatime Akalın, Doğan Özgüden, Mahmut Konuk, Temel Demirer, Recep Maraşlı, Ramazan Gezgin, Serdar Koçman, Sait Çetinoğlu,   Şanar Yurdatapan, Oktay Etiman, İbrahim Seven, Yücel Demirer, İbrahim Akyol, Mehmet Özer, Attila Tuygan, Ragıp Zarakolu, Ahmet Önal, Muzaffer Erdoğdu, Erol Özkoray, Bora Balcı, Fatin Kanat, Hüsnü Öndül, Ahmet Bozkurt Çağlar, Cengiz Mendillioğlu, Necmettin Salaz, Adil Okay, Hüseyin Gevher, Deniz Faruk Zeren, Onur Hamzaoğlu, Bülent Tekin, Murat Kuseyri, Akın Olgun, Şaban İba, Uğur Kutay, Nedim Durmuş, Emirali Türkmen, Zülküf Kurt, Zeynep Tanbay, Cengiz Arın, Necati Abay, Zeynep Tozduman, İbrahim Okçuoğlu, Tahsin Yeşildere, Adil Yiğit, Tülay Karacaörenli, Mahmut Temizyürek, Sina Akyol, Özgür Başkaya, Feyyaz Kerimo, Fehmi Salık, Ayşe Batumlu, Ufuk Uras, İrfan Açıkgöz, Baran Funderman, Meltem Toksöz, İsmail Cem Özkan, Fergun Özelli, Göksel Demirer, Mustafa Sütlaş, Ahmet Abakay ve ÇGD YKüyeleri, Abdullah Karadağ, Orhan Aydın, Erdal Yıldırım, Nazif Erol, Salim Turgut, Ali Ziya Çamur, Hamza Yalçın, Yakup Kadri Karabacak, Halil İbrahim Özkurt, Ertan İldan, Ayla Şeşan, Memik Horuz, Hamiyet Çelebi, Erdal Tan, Aziz Kemal Hızıroğlu, Erdal Boyoğlu, Seçkin Kazak, Mehmet Bakır, Atilla Kaya, Vedat Çetin, Ülker Şener, Aynur Özuğurlu, Aynur Özuğurlu, Çetin Yılmaz, Adnan Cavas, Sarkis Hatspanian, Nurgül Çetinkaya, Altan Açıkdilli, Habib taşkın, Dilek Hattatoğlu, İzge Günal, Nergis Mütevellioğlu,

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