To all the earth and the comrades of conscience,
On 6th of January 2010, in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, a press release was arranged on Yuksel Street, for solidarity with consciencious objector Enver Aydemir.
The Agile Police Force, waiting in the permitted demonstration to finish, took the group into a chamber and asked everybody for their IDs. The police normally would not ask for ID in such a “constitutional” and “unsevere” and the “citizen” activist has no such obligation ask to inform the police before a press release.
And the police’s asking all the participants of the demonstration for IDs, who are against war and violence and objecting the imprisonment of a consciencious objector is for the purpose of guaranteeing arresting and following imprisonment.
Some 100 members of Agile Police Force who surrounded the activists, mostly composed of anarchists, attacked on them with all their power within a few seconds. The violence, sexual assault and indignity ongoing by the road, all went on through the custodial prison –where they stayed more than 20 hours- and courthouse The police accused the activists for resisting them and alienating the public from military obligation and assault. All the activists, after being subject to heavy physical pressure in the police station, were forced to sign the affirmations which were already prepared by the police itself. In response to this treatment, the activists preferred to use their right to silence. At the same night, as the activists were under custody, this unlawful and arbitrary treatment and the violence of the police has been protested in Ankara. And the imprisoned anti-militarists, after being imprisoned for a night, were brought to the Ankara Courthouse. And in the Courthouse, they were hugged by anti-militarists, feminists and their families with strong support. They supported them by slogans and applause, The prisoners were first brought to judicial medicine and then to the attorney for affirmation. As anarchist Volkan Sevinç transferred to the court for the demand of being arrested, 22 of the activists were released. The case was suddenly done. To Volkan, the case was not much different to an enactment. Since the hierarchy from the judge to the police officers had already made up their decisions; They had decided to arrest Volkan. The judge acceded the press explanation as an “unlawful” meeting and Volkan Sevinç with administrating that meeting and with a weapon. Besides these, they have decided that he had the chance of befogging evidence.
And as evidence they were claiming a knife though he insisted that it does not belong to him and for that he refused body search. And the law of power, who claims that he “managed” the illegal meeting, impounded Volkan into Ankara No. 1 Prison.
As Volkan being taken to the prison vehicle his comrades and supporters shouted slogans. Everybody in there shouted out that they all walk shoulder to shoulder against fascism and that salvation shall be altogether but not alone. What was that happened Volkan raised his clenched fist and greeting everybody around with the slogan of “Rebellion, Revolution, Anarchy”. As a result, Volkan Sevinç was imprisoned into the prison of the power because he rejected death and killing.
This fact tells so clearly that the power is together with death and violence but not with life; and democracy is just a dishonest lie; and it tells more clearer and better than more than hundreds of pages of a book.
And on the following day, on 8th of January 2010, Volkan’s comrades and supporters protested the situation. Written on the banners: Consciences Can’t Be Imprisoned, Freedom for Volkan Sevinç”. On the banner in Ankara’s press release there was the sign “Freedom For Anti-Militarist Prisoners”. On the other hand, another person in Istanbul expressed his consciencious objection in the same action. And again in the same action a person had a heart attack due to the assault of the police. He is under intensive care right now.
On the lands we used to live in, violence disturbs each of us all the time. The conditions are not bearable so more and forcing our souls. In this psycological and conventional war every thing becomes clearer day after day. The rulers of this country still share the power with a insincerity, which was said by the anarchists a 100 years ago.
The war, which has been started by capitalism centuries ago against the existence and souls of the Anarchists, Kurds, Homosexuals, Transgenders and Gypsies and all other individuals which contradict with the typology of the "subject citizen" created by the power itself, keeps going on with all its nastiness and tricks.
War and militarism are neither military obligation nor shooting a gun. So, against such a social structure, in such a period, the only thing that should be done is to refuse death. That is why Volkan Sevinç is in prison right now; for he rejected death and killing.
The aim of this text is to call you – for the ones of who did not give their consciences- to stand by our imprisoned comrade Volkan. Now, we need solidarity more than ever. Our primary need is action of support for this period. To show that Volkan’s conscience is not alone at all.
INITIATIVE OF FREEDOM FOR ANTIMILITARIST PRISONERS