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DERSIM - never forget - never forgive - never trust Turks

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Re: DERSIM - never forget - never forgive - never trust Turk

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Nov 15, 2023 9:44 pm

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Seyit Rıza and his companions

Commemorate Seyit Rıza and his companions who were executed on 15 November 1937

On 15 November 1937, Seyit Rıza and his friends were arrested and executed in a conspiracy set up by the Turkish state in Elezîz [Turkish name Elazığ] where they had come to negotiate a halt to attacks and solve the problems, as part of the Dersim [Turkish name Tunceli] operation. On the anniversary of their execution, we would like to respectfully commemorate Seyit Rıza and the Kurdish leaders who were murdered with him

    Roj Bash Kurdistan wish also to respectfully commemorate Seyit Rıza and the Kurdish leaders who were murdered with him after they were tricked into attending what they thought was going to be a meeting to obtain peace - we at RBK will never forget or forgive Turks and NEVER trust any Turks
The largest and most brutal massacres in human history in Dersim in 1937 and 1938. Tens of thousands of Kurds in and around Dersim were massacred with guns, bayonets and chemical gases.

We once again honor those who lost their lives in this massacre and strongly condemn the Turkish state and those who took part in the Dersim massacre. The Kurdish people will never forget the Dersim massacre and will definitely ask the genocidal colonialist murderer state to account for what they have done."

The statement added: "The Dersim massacre is undoubtedly one of the events that most clearly demonstrates the brutality of the Turkish state and its enmity towards the Kurds. In 1937 and 1938, a very brutal massacre was committed in Dersim that, for a human being, is even hard to describe. So much so that the mass murderers even slaughtered unborn babies by disemboweling pregnant women with bayonets.

People who took refuge in the mountains and caves to escape the massacre were killed with chemical weapons. Every living creature was butchered, a great atrocity and genocide was experienced.

The Dersim massacre is one of dozens of massacres carried out within the scope of Kurdish genocide policies. With these massacres, the Turkish state aimed to realize the Kurdish genocide. After each massacre, this was tried to be done through exile and assimilation practices.
These were carried out because the Kurdish people refused to give up their identity, language, culture and values. In order to legitimize the massacres, it has always been stated that the people rebelled, which is a complete distortion.

The statement said: "Once again, we commemorate those who lost their lives in the Dersim massacre, like Seyit Rıza and Besê, and we bow to their memories with respect. We once again respectfully and gratefully commemorate all the martyrs of revolution and democracy, and we reiterate our promise to the martyrs. By not surrendering to the genocidal colonialist state, Seyit Rıza bequeathed the Kurdish people a very valuable attitude of resistance.

The Dersim massacre was strongly backed by Kemal Atatürk, imagine our HORROR when the HDP supported the Kurd hating Kemalist CHP
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Nov 15, 2023 10:31 pm

84 years ago Seyit Riza was executed

15 November, marks the 84th anniversary of the execution of Seyt Riza

Seyit Riza (1863 – 1937) was an Alevi, Zaza-Kurdish political leader from the Dersim region of North Kurdistan (today part of the Turkish state). He is known and remembered in the Kurdish Liberation Movement as the chieftain of the Dersim Rebellion.

The military uprising happened during the years 1937 and 1938 to protest the oppression of the Kurdish people by the Turkish state. This revolt was the 27th Kurdish uprising since the creation of the Turkish State in 1923.

The Dersim revolt take place in the continuity of the multiple Kurdish uprisings that followed the process of the Turkish nation-state formation after the fall of the Ottoman empire. All those uprisings were caused because of the Turkification of the country by its first president Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Indeed, from his accession to power in 1923 until his death in 1928, the latter pursued a repressive policy of homogenization of the country by imposing the Turkish ethnic identity in every aspect of social life.

From the language that people speak in the streets to the language to be taught at schools, from the education to the industrial life, from the trade to the cadres of state officials, from the civil law to the settlement of citizens to particular regions (let’s note that this policy did not change at all and continue to live in today’s Erdogan’s policy…). Many minorities protested against it, but their revolts have all been drowned in blood.

Nevertheless, until 1936, the mountainous region of Dersim, known for its rebellious character (11 revolts had happened in the previous 40 years) had been little affected by the Turkish state’s assimilation campaigns. The Kurdish and Zaza tribes living there were rejecting the Turkish authority and also were refusing to pay any taxes. Their interference was such that Ataturk considered Dersim to be the country’s most important domestic problem.

To put an end to the Dersim’s resistance, Ataturk appointed General Abdullah Alpdoğan responsible for the region by giving him the authority to exile people if anyone would refuse assimilation. To make this possible, several military observation posts were then built around Dersim and more and more Turkish soldiers were brought to the region. It is said that planes were flying over Dersim every day.

As the tension between the Turkish soldiers and the population was getting higher and higher, Seyit Reza decided to send one of his own sons to negotiate with General Alpdoğan in order to avoid a war and to protect the population and its rights. But the latter killed the emissary. In answer to the death of his son, Seyit Reza decided to call the Dersim clan leaders and, in early 1937, they joined forces to counter the Turkish attack. The first action was the attack of a police convoy.

The Turkish army, under Ataturk’s direct order, tried to break the rebels by strength and sent more than 25,000 soldiers supported by plane bombardments. But the fighters of Seyit Riza resisted fiercely and refused to surrender. They fought so hard that the Turkish army had to trick them in order to end the resistance.

In the fall of 1937, General Alpdoğan invited Seyit Riza to discuss a peace agreement. When Seyit Riza went there, he was made prisoner together with his 16-year-old son and 8 of his men. Such a treacherous action was so inconceivable in the rules of honor and tradition of the time that it is said that Seyit Riza only spitted the following words:

    “Government without honor and deceitful!”
After eight days, they were all hanged. Before his hanging, Seyit Riza last words were:

    “I am now 75 years old. I will fall Sehid and join the Sehids of Kurdistan. Dersim lost, but the Kurds and Kurdistan will win. The Kurdish youths will take revenge for me. Thus shall cruel men die, so shall vile and deceitful men die.”
After his death, the resistance continued for another year. But the atrocity of the repression that came down on Dersim, where men, women and children were massacred by Turkish soldiers, put an end to the rebel troops. According to official reports, more than 10,000 civilians were massacred and more than 11,000 were taken into exile, depopulating the province. Many rebels who surrendered were executed and women and children were burned alive. A total of 40,000 Kurds were killed.

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