By RED Movement- Turkish section of the IWL-Fourth International
May 14, 2014
On May 13th, Turkey faced a big miners massacre. The mine that is in the miners’ city Soma, based in the west of the country, exploded. Hundreds of workers died. When this article was being written, authorities were saying 232 were dead and hundreds are waiting to be rescued. In fact, the number of dead miners is around 600!…
It is evident who is responsible for this massacre: The ruling Islamist party AKP has privatized the mines according to its neoliberal policies. The bosses who think of nothing but profits have spent no money on security measures. Despite the 58 missing measures that were found in 10 different inspections, the government didn’t close the mine. AKP refused to investigate the resolution that was presented in the parliament that consisted of investigating the deficiency in Soma. The Minister of Energy Taner Yıldız himself opened the mine with the bosses and in his speech praised the precautions that were taken in the mine.
After the massacre in Soma, the AKP is scared of the worker’s anger, & there is a siege situation in the area. Thousands of police and soldiers were deployed in the area.
Turkish capitalists and AKP has put the whole country in an unsecured working environment. The main axis of our struggle is to bring together the masses of the June Uprising with the low-wage, “flexible”, and precarious workers against subcontracting workers.
RED Movement proclaims that the ruling party and the bosses are responsible for the massacre. We will do everything for them to be imprisoned. As soon as the disaster occurred, we called for the General Strike and Boycott in Schools to protest the Soma mine massacre and to make sure that those responsible to be sent to prison. Boycotts and protests started in many universities. The union bureaucrats are trying their best to prevent a general strike. But, no one can stop the poor people. In many cities, protests have already started! Workers know who are responsible and are going out into the streets.
We will make them pay for our dead miner brothers!
General Strike and Boycott in Schools!
Government officials and bosses in jail!
Barricade! Strike! Revolution!