THE ONLY ASSURANCE OF RIGHTS IS RESISTANCE IN FASCISM CONDITIONS
THIS IS WHAT EBRU AND AYTAC ARE RESISTING FOR
PROTECTING OUR POSITIONS MEANS WE HAVE NO OTHER WAY TO RESIST.
It is a characteristic feature of fascism; it does not give the right to life to those who are not themselves and who do not swear allegiance to themselves. It’ll try every way to eventually surrender, to make a pledge. Today, this real face of fascism has been revealed once again with the liquidation attack on the bar associations and the police attack on the lawyers who resisted it in Ankara.
AKP fascism attacks everyone to get the people to surrender. It attacks the worker, the civil servant, the pensioner, who produces and creates by his effort, who makes a living with his sweat. It attacks the peasant who defends his nature, his land, his mountains, his streams. It attacks journalists who defend the right of the public to receive news and try to do so. He attacks those who want jobs, those who want bread, those who want justice. Attacks student, attacks politician…It is not enough, it attacks the lawyers who defend the rights of the people in the face of these attacks. Briefly; AKP fascism does whatever interests of the class, monopolies and capital it represents require. And it attacks everybody who has the potential to stop.
Lawyers, who are “right defenders” theoretically, also get their share from these attacks. AKP fascism is trying every way to get the baroque of the individual lawyers and lawyers’ professional organizations. The last example of this is the amendments that envisage the multiple bar system desired in the Law of Attorneyship. With this draft, the establishment of more than one bar association is opened especially in big cities such as Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir. In other words, the establishment of bar associations that will be an alternative to the big and opposing bar associations, which will be the means of legitimizing the arbitrariness and unlawfulness of fascism. This means that AKP fascism aims to establish bar associations consisting of AKP lawyers, instead of the bar associations that cannot be obedient, that do not lean in front of them and remain silent to the arbitrariness and lawlessness of fascism. That’s why the bar associations and lawyers are resisting this draft law. the professional organization of lawyers, Turkey must stand against this attack on the rights of defense and defense lawyers Bar Association president Metin Feyzioğlu justifies these attacks in cooperation with the AKP.
The head of the bar associations of 56 provinces launched a march to Ankara with the slogan of “Defense is Walking” on June 19, in order to show their reactions against this attack, which aims to liquidate the bar associations. These legal, democratic and legitimate actions of the bar associations were prevented by the police under the command of the AKP, first by barricades, then by the physical attack of the police to the bar associates and the lawyers who came to support. Lawyers were kicked, punched, dragged on the ground. Bar associations and lawyers responded to this attack with resistance. They continued to resist despite the burning heat during the day and heavy rain falling at night. It was once again seen that there is no other way to resist these attacks. And eventually gained resistance. Police barricades have been removed. They continued the marches of bar associations and lawyers.
Of course, attacks on bar associations, lawyers and resistance are not new. On September 12, 2017, the AKP began to implement its policy of bringing fascism into line with lawyers and confining the law to the limits drawn by the public with its attacks on lawyers. First it attacked the people’s lawyers, it wanted to liquidate the Revolutionary lawyer. And for this, they held 17 of the public’s lawyers imprisoned by lies and conspiracies. They sentenced 17 lawyers to 159 years, with their own secret witnesses, with the lies of slanderers, and ignoring their own laws. This attack was not only an attack on the people’s lawyers. It was an attack on all the lawyers. We have expressed this from the very beginning. The people’s lawyers are a barricade. People’s lawyers chose resistance to further strengthen this barricade. Peoples lawyers Ebru and Aytaç have been resisting for hundreds of days with their hunger.
The death fast resistance that Ebru and Aytaç have begun to be able to act freely for the right to a fair trial, and the resistance of bar associations and lawyers in the squares is therefore not independent from each other. The resistance of Ebru and Aytaç gives the bar associations and lawyers the power to resist these attacks and become morale. Nobody can deny this fact. The resistance of Ebru and Aytaç acts as a lighthouse in the middle of the dark sea when everyone, including lawyers and Bar Associations, is silent in the face of illegalities, arbitrariness and injustices, and when the people as a whole are trying to be surrendered with darkness and silence. Ebru and Aytaç lit the fire of resistance in the way of Bar Association presidents and lawyers today, and continue to illuminate.
The assault on the legal profession and the lawyers has now reached its final point with the assault on aligning the bar associations. There is no other way to resist this attack. The March to Ankara, initiated by 56 bar chairmen in our country, especially the Bar Associations of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, against the attack of AKP fascism to liquidate the bar associations, is therefore justified and legitimate. The resistance of the lawyers against the obstruction of this march is justified and legitimate. It is the right and duty of every lawyer, every rights advocate to support and shoulder this resistance.
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER AGAINST FASCISM!
WE’RE GOING TO RESIST TO WIN!
LONG LIVE THE RESISTANCE LONG LIVE THE VICTORY!
GREETINGS TO THE RESISTING LAWYERS
GREETINGS TO EBRU AND AYTAC THAT LIGHTENED THE PATH AND OPENED THE WAY!
WE ARE RIGHT WE WILL WIN!
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