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Turkey: Kurdish HDP member brutally murdered in far-right attack on party offices in Izmir

 Turkey: Kurdish HDP member brutally murdered in far-right attack on party offices in Izmir



The World Socialist Web Site strongly condemns the political assassination of Deniz Poyraz (38), a member of the Kurdish nationalist Peoples Democratic Party (HDP), on Thursday. This political murder is clearly a planned and state-sponsored operation aimed at creating the conditions for a brutal dictatorship targeting the working class above all.


Turkey: Kurdish HDP member brutally murdered in far-right attack on party offices in Izmir
Provincial HDP office in Izmir, after the attack, June 17, 2021 (source: @ hdpgenelmerkezi / Twitter)



In its first public statement, the HDP said: “The instigator and accomplice of this brutal attack is the AKP-MHP [Justice and Development Party / Nationalist Movement Party] government and the Interior Ministry which constantly targets our party and our members. "


At 11:05 a.m. Onur Gencer (27) entered the second floor of the HDP provincial office in Izmir. Poyraz, a party activist, was the only person present and was taken hostage. Police arrived but did not intervene for at least 15 minutes. Gencer then shot Poyraz and surrendered to the police.


He was warmly received. Video shows police asking the assailant "What's your name, brother?" »During his arrest. According to a screenshot on social media, the killer “liked” comments on Instagram while in custody, and he deleted the incriminating “stories” he shared on his social media account.


Gencer claimed he acted alone - “I have no connection with anyone. I entered the building because I hate the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party, nationalist] ”- and in retaliation for some insults on social media directed at his mother and sister, posted until June 16. It is not at all credible. It was a carefully planned operation that would have cost many more lives without fortuitous circumstances.


HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar told media after the attack: “This was not a plan to kill a random person. We had a meeting scheduled for 40 of our directors at the exact time of the attack. This pre-planned meeting was postponed for urgent reasons. They [the fascists] were planning a massacre. "


HDP officials noted that the attack was carried out under the noses of the police and against a party constantly monitored by state forces and subjected to repeated provocations. “The attack happened even though the party building is right in front of the police station. It is an organized attack, ”said HDP MP from Izmir, Murat Çepni. “At this point, the Presidential Palace itself and the Interior Ministry are responsible for the attack,” he added.


According to the Mesopotamia Agency, Abdulkadir Baydur, HDP official in Izmir, said he had argued with the police for at least 15 minutes and no one responded to the hostage-taking during that time. . “Gunshots could be heard while I was arguing with the police. [She] reacted a little later and captured the assailant. "


Gencer had tried to burn down the building before killing his hostage.

Originally referred to as a “former health worker”, a staunch fascist told the authorities: “Since I was a child I have planned to kill members of the PKK. The incident happened in an improvised fashion. "


On his social media account, he shared photos of himself holding guns and waving to the far-right “Gray Wolves” associated with the MHP; photos taken in northern Syria during operations by the Islamist group of the "Free Syrian Army", supported by Turkey, against the People's Defense Units (YPG), affiliated with the PKK. In a social media post, the murderer shares a photo of himself with an assault rifle, in Manbij on February 21, 2020, captioned “a memory from Syria”. Another photo of him, titled “Back from Duty,” shows him in Gaziantep, Turkey.


Gencer explained this by claiming to have spent the first months of 2020 in Syria and Manbij working as a doctor, before resigning from his profession in April 2021. Istanbul HDP MP Hüda Kaya responded by insisting on the fact that he had been formed militarily by the International Defense Consulting Industry and Trade Inc (SADAT), an organization which defines itself as "company of consulting and military training in the field of defense". SADAT has long been accused of carrying out operations in the interest of the Turkish state.


Gencer confirmed that his attack was planned as early as January 2021, where he had "carried out some reconnaissance on several occasions". He had "applied for a firearms possession permit from the Gaziemir District Security Directorate in May 2021" and "received a temporary permit", after which he purchased "a Ruger pistol for 3,500 lire ”, used in the attack.


The attack came after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared war on any opposition to his regime at the end of May. He applauded the attempted physical attack on the far-right leader of the Right Party, Meral Akşener, and said that they “gave her a good lesson without going too far […] This is only the first time. . Lots of other things will happen, these are better days ”.


The HDP has been the target of continuous state operations for years, on the grounds that it has "ties" to the banned PKK. HDP members, including former leaders and MPs, have been jailed and administrators appointed in constituencies won by the party in the last election. In March, the government decided to ban the party, the third largest in parliament, which received nearly 5 million votes. The HDP said in a statement that it had "been targeted by the ruling party and the interior ministry and that families had been brought in front of the provincial HDP buildings with the aim of provocation for months" .


The attack against the offices of the HDP Izmir occurred immediately after the meeting (article) June 14 between Erdogan and US President Joe Biden at NATO summit; the main point of contention had been American support for the YPG in Syria, as a weapon against the Assad regime, despite Washington's designation of the PKK as a "terrorist organization".


Against the background of a worsening economic crisis and in the face of growing social anger, exacerbated by the AKP's deadly response to the pandemic, the government has been further destabilized by allegations of criminality and corruption by the gangster of extreme right Sedat Peker, including those of alleged arms deliveries by Turkey to Al Nusra, the branch of Al Qaida in Syria, organized by SADAT.


Peker tweeted after the attack on HDP, “We're going to see much bigger attacks […] in the next few days. If you believe my experience and my sincerity, never take to the streets ”. Claiming that "a very big game is brewing," he wrote that if the masses took to the streets, former Interior Minister Mehmet Ağar and his men "would use their agents in terrorist organizations to turn things into chaos ”.


The assassination was condemned by the bourgeois opposition parties, which the HDP calls the “forces of democracy”, but which share responsibility for the development of the current situation. The leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, condemned the attack on Twitter, saying: “We have already experienced this scenario, our people will not fall into the trap this time. He was joined by the leader of the Right Party Akşener, the chairman of the DEVA party Ali Babacan, and Ahmet Davutoğlu, the leader of the Party of the future, all parties having split with the AKP.


In their statements, HDP officials argued that this attack was a repeat of the period from June 7 to November 1, 2015 and called on the bourgeois opposition parties to unite against the government. But it was a period when not only Erdoğan, but also Prime Minister Davutoğlu and Deputy Prime Minister Babacan, whom the HDP now counts among the "forces of democracy", led the AKP. As explained by the World Socialist Web Site: “The AKP, unable to form a coalition government after the June elections, called for new elections for November 1st. However, seeing the opposition to his regime growing more and more, he intends to stir up an anti-terror and anti-Kurdish and pro-war sentiment to mobilize his own base and legitimize the repression of his political opponents and the media. "


It was also a period when Washington and the other major imperialist powers increasingly took steps to abandon Islamist militias and adopt Kurdish nationalist militias as the main proxy force in Syria, exacerbating tensions between Ankara and its allies in Syria. 'NATO. These tensions culminated in the resurgence of civil war in the Kurdish provinces of Turkey, which cost thousands of additional lives, and ultimately led to the attempt to blow of state supported by NATO against Erdoğan in July, 2016.


Against the backdrop of growing geopolitical and class tensions, the Turkish government is clearly preparing for a war against the working class, using both state and paramilitary forces. The only way to advance against this danger is to mobilize the working class independently of all factions of the bourgeoisie to seize state power as part of an international struggle for socialism.


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