Free Workers UnionThe German anarcho-syndicalist trade union FAU issued a statement on the massacre in Ankara:

A peace demonstration under the motto “Work, Peace and Democracy” organized by unions on 10 October 2015 in Ankara, Turkey, was attacked killing at least 128 people and injuring over 200, many seriously. The union federation FAU (Free Workers’ Union) is appalled by this cowardly attack on the labor and peace movement.

The demonstration was in reaction to the impending civil war and the increased repression against the left and Kurdish opposition by the Erdoğan-AKP regime. It was organized by the independent unions and trade associations DİSK (Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey), KESK (Confederation of Public Employees’ Trade Unions), TMMOB (Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects) and TTB (Turkish Medical Association). The left, democratic and Kurdish opposition also called for participation in the demonstration.

This murderous attack fits in with the pattern of the attacks in Diyarbakir/Amed and Suruç/Pirsus as well as those against the left social-democratic HDP (People’s Democratic Party) and Kurdish people in northern Kurdistan and eastern Turkey. For years, Turkey has been governed in an authoritarian manner by the religious-nationalist AKP.

As a reaction, the DİSK, KESK, TMMOB and TTB have called for a general strike on 12 and 13 October.

The FAU, as an internationalist, anarcho-syndicalist union federation, stands by the workers in Turkey in this difficult hour and declare our solidarity. We also speak out our condolences to the victims and their families. The FAU calls upon its members and friends to show their solidarity.

Source: FAU / RedGlobe