WE STILL WANT JUSTICE FOR THE 301 MINERS KILLED IN SOMA!

LET THE MURDERERS OF 301 MINERS BE PUNISHED, LET THE PEOPLE’S LAWYERS BE RELEASED

It’s been 6 years since the Soma massacre. 6 years ago today, our hearts burned 301 times. We’ve damned this killer 301 times. 

On May 13, 2014, an explosion occurred at a mine in Soma district of Manisa. Exactly 301 miners died in this explosion. The explosion went on record as an accident. But in reality it was not an accident but a massacre.A massacre blatantly experienced. A massacre in which 301 miners were sacrificed to the bosses ‘ extreme profit ambition. It is a massacre that comes with measures that are not taken so that costs can be reduced and more coal can be extracted at less cost. It is a massacre that comes with inspections not carried out because of economic and political interest relations between the bosses and the AKP government. 

Clearly, the people responsible for this massacre are the bosses who sacrificed the lives of 301 miners to the ambition of excessive profit to their owner, protector, their state the AKP. 

The AKP government has shown its protectiveness during the trial against the massacre. The killers of 301 miners were rewarded with penalties, which would correspond to a 6-day sentence for each worker slaughtered, with a show trial initiated with large demonstrations to reduce reactions after the massacre. And with the execution last month, the way was opened for their release without even serving this 6-day sentence. In other words, those who killed 301 workers were given “freedom” by the AKP, without going to prison 6 days with “good behavior” discounts and execution arrangements. 

While they were protecting the bosses who murdered 301 miners, we were trying to protect the rights of 301 miners who were slaughtered from day one and the crying mothers, fathers, wives, brothers and orphans left behind by them. We wanted justice for them from day one, and we still do. 

We, the people’s lawyers, were there 6 years ago when the massacre happened. We stood by the murdered workers and what they left behind. 6 years later, we’re still there today. We’re still at that mine door. We still live with the pain of those crying mothers, fathers, wives, brothers and sisters, and share their anger. From the first day we said to them, “put us in the place of your children.” And we promised for justice. We’ve been trying to fulfill that promise for 6 years. 

Yes, 6 years have passed since that dark day, that day of carnage,pain and anger. But we do know that, not in 6 thousand years, the fire that fell on the heart of 301 will not go out. On that day, 301 hearts were hurt. But the hearts are now burning for justice and they will continue to burn. 

We are the lawyers of those hearts. We’ve been looking for justice for 6 years for those hearts. For 6 years, we’ve been trying to quench their hunger for justice. For this reason, the killers of 301 miners sentenced us to 159 years in prison while they only were sentenced 6 days in prison for every worker they slaughtered. For this reason, the murderers who burned those hearts, who set fire to 301 hearts, who orphaned 432 children were “free,” but the lawyers of those hearts are still prisoners. Of course we don’t mind that. These punishments, this captivity, are the suffering of our foreheads. Because we’re the people’s lawyers. We will continue to defend the right of mothers, fathers, wives, brothers, 432 orphans, even if they punish us not for 159 years, but for 159 thousand years. 

WE STILL WANT JUSTICE FOR THE 301 MINERS KILLED IN SOMA!

LET THE MURDERERS OF 301 MINERS BE PUNISHED, LET THE PEOPLE’S LAWYERS BE RELEASED

PEOPLE’S LAW OFFICE – INTERNATIONAL OFFICE

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