Saturday, March 15 - 1pm
Gather at Herald Square, 34th Street & Broadway, Manhattan
Ankara, Turkey: Protest against U.S. intervention in Venezuela and Ukraine on the anniversary of Hugo Chavez’s death, March 5, 2014.
The provincial office of the Workers’ Party in Ankara gathered in front of the US Embassy in Ankara to warn the United States against imperialist interventions in Ukraine and Venezuela. The event took place on the anniversary of the passing of Hugo Chavez Frias, the former President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela - a country that set an example for all the oppressed peoples across the globe.
The provincial secretary of the Workers’ Party in Ankara, Osman Yılmaz, reminded the participants that they have gathered on the anniversary of the passing of “the architect of socialist and democratic Latin America” and stated that “Comrade Hugo Chavez guided a revolution similar to the one led by Commander Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 91 years ago, miles away from Venezuela. Comrade Chavez united the Bolivarian people of Venezuela against US imperialism and trod the path of liberation for the oppressed peoples of Latin America. He was a symbol of hope for the entire world. In times such as these, we miss him even more, as US imperialism continues to threaten our existence”.
Yılmaz continued his speech by pointing out that US-backed neo-Nazi gangs and putschist provocateurs have illegally overthrown a democratically elected government in Ukraine, thereby staging a coup d’état. He stressed that “the Workers’ Party and the people of Turkey will never allow the United States and NATO to subjugate Turkey and wreak havoc in our region. If the US Navy ever tries to pass through our Straits, that will be a violation of the treaties in force and the Convention of Montreux. US imperialism, which has turned Iraq, Afghanistan and Iraq to rubble, shall not gain a foothold in our homeland! Our Straits are off-limits to US warmongering!”
Yılmaz then underlined his party’s stance towards Syria. “The United States continues its aggressive policies towards the legitimate government in Syria led by Bashar al-Assad. The aforementioned imperialist entity doesn’t hesitate to use fundamentalist terrorism and collaborationist figures like Gül and Erdoğan to achieve its goals. We hereby warn the Erdoğan Government: we will not allow you to drag us into a stupid war against our neighbours! The peoples of the Middle East and Latin America will not allow you to shed more blood!” Yılmaz said.
To conclude, Yılmaz addressed the United States and the Erdoğan Government: “Uncle Sam and Tayyip Erdoğan, you’re going down. We shall not allow you to drag us to your downfall. The progressive and anti-imperialist forces in the region shall unite, following the example of Comrade Hugo Chavez!”
After the statement, the militants of the Workers’ Party placed a symbolic baseball bat in front of the gate of the Embassy, referring to the “baseball bat photo” taken during the phone conversation between PM Erdoğan and President Obama. The participants shouted “you will never stop our struggle for independence, freedom and revolution!”
Via Workers’ Party of Turkey
The Kiev junta wants to impose its protégés on the Southeast. They have already appointed oligarchs Kolomoyskogo and Taruta as governors of the Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions. They want to impose the oligarch Avakov on Kharkovites. This shows that the new government will work in the interests of the richest 1% of the population and force workers to pay for the crisis.
Borotbists are also reminded of the social struggle of women, their gains, including the availability of education and healthcare. It is necessary to protect the victories of the working class. Today the Kiev junta and the IMF want to eliminate all these conquests of the working class and women, to deprive us of social protection and the right to a decent wage.
The only way out - not to trust the fate of the cities to the country’s oligarchs and their puppets.
If we keep silent today - tomorrow may be too late.
Workers, students, pensioners - together against the oligarchs and the Nazis!
In Kharkov rally on March 8 at 12:00 on Freedom Square
In Odessa - March 9 at 14:00 at Kulikovo Field
In Dnepropetrovsk - March 9 at 12:00 near the Opera and Ballet Theatre
In Mariupol - March 8 at 10:00 from the Drama Theatre to Pl. Lenin