KCK: progressives and Kurds in Turkey must say ‘no’ to presidential system

KCK Congess

The umbrella organisation of the Kurdish political and armed movement, the Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) which includes the PKK, has released a statement outlining its approach to the referendum in Turkey on the constitutional reforms proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“To say ‘no’ in this referendum will be a rejection of the AKP’s attacks against our people’s freedom struggle in which they have destroyed Kurdish towns and cities, imprisoned thousands of politicians and made them crawl through police stations and courtrooms,” the statement determined.

The KCK defined the proposed ‘presidential system’ as “the crowning of the genocidal policies against the Kurdish freedom movement and the democratic forces of Turkey,” and for this reason “all progressive sections of Turkey and Kurdistan must come together to resist against the fascistic administration by struggling under the democracy flag and saying ‘no’ to this regime change”.

The KCK also announced that they have identified the next few months as “the time to free our leader [Abdullah Ocalan], democratise Turkey and attain democratic autonomy for Kurdistan,” calling the people to raise their struggle from the month of February onwards.

In its analysis of the developments in the region, the KCK statement read:

“Problems in the Middle East and the world are deepening by the day. The five-thousand-year-old state system and its contemporary representative, the nation-state, is in crisis. Capitalist modernity has driven problems into an impasse and is leading humanity into profound depression. In a time where liberal and social-democratic policies were unable to find solutions to the problems, a tendency to find solutions with military interventions and right-wing governments has emerged. However, it is not possible for those that have inherently created the problems to then go and solve them. This reality has brought our leader Ocalan’s perspective of radical democracy and democratic socialism to the fore as a viable solution.”

The collapse of the peace process between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish government after the 7 June elections last year, for which both sides blame each other, brought renewed violence in Turkey’s Kurdish regions with every clash making a return to the negotiating table less likely. The Turkish government vowed to “eradicate every last terrorist”, while the PKK called upon its fighters to “raise their resistance”.