May 19th is a symbol. This day symbolises the starting of the anti-imperialist independence war, that took few years, and the effect of which will last much longer.
Since it is a new start, it is associated with youth, and considered as the dawn of Anatolia’s throwing the shackles of sultanate that lasted for centuries.
Youth, surely, is the beginning and hope, it is the one which will run right in the front as the history goes forward. Yet, we have to ask which one of this notions, May 19th evokes to us after 101 years?
Let’s remember the picture taken exactly 1 year ago in Samsun. The counter-revolutionaries that demolished the republic, building a “high-rise palace” on it, fascists which their history is soaked in blood, even the sharians who are as bad as Ottomans, and the largest “republican opposition party” in the country, held hands and posed for the 100th year of the republic.
This is precisely the pose of the May 19th in bourgeois politics; being arm in arm with everyone, not containing a single principle, and it is a day which is to be transformed only into a nostalgia.
Let’s say it clearly: Turkey is very far from being a livable country for youngsters, today. Concern for the future, education full of nonsense, the young women that their lives turned into nightmare by the hands of reactionarism… The ones who stand arm in arm, are the ones who prepare this portrait with cooperation.
The gravity of this portrait has become crystal clear in the last 2 months.
However, both the way of life that our country deserves and the May 19th can only be reclaimed by standing on one thick line: Revolutionism.
Anyone who reaches out for reconciliation with this decay has become a part of it.
Youth, on the other hand, will bring themselves into existence with revolution against decay, make sense of with revolution, will see the light and hope in the revolution.
Communist Youth of Turkey is determined to end this social order, bankrupted not only in Turkey but in whole world.
Just like the the revolutionaries of 101 years ago.