MKP vows retaliation for attacks on guerrillas’ graves

The destruction of guerrilla graves has been a long-standing practice of the Turkish state, but has recently taken on a much more systematic dimension.

The Maoist Communist Party (MKP) vowed retaliation for the desecration of graves of Kurdish guerrillas by Turkish security forces. Although the destruction of the resting places of the dead is now part of the tradition of state repression policy in Turkey, it has recently taken on a much more systematic dimension.

In a statement published on Sunday, the MKP said: "As a central policy of the fascist AKP-MHP regime, we are confronted with a series of fascist acts systematically perpetrated through their institutions, agencies and gangs; such as mutilation of guerrillas’ dead bodies, abduction of corpses, prohibition of burial, denial to graveyards, mosques and cemevis (Alevi place of worship), attacks on cemeteries, repression and threat against the relatives of the martyrs.”

"They even fear our dead bodies"

According to the MKP, the attacks on the graves of HPG guerrillas, on Alevi and Yazidi graveyards and cemeteries of martyrs basically reflect the aggressiveness of institutionalized fascism in Turkey.

"Names, pictures and written words on gravestones are erased, gravestones and monuments are smashed. They even fear our dead bodies,” said the MKP.

The statement continued: "Also the grave of our comrade Sevda Serinyel (Mercan) in the village Karer in Bingöl’s Adaklı district was attacked by fascist military gangs, the family of our comrade was threatened and put under pressure. We warn any person who - no matter to what extent - takes part in this dirty policy: Our history is a history of reckoning. Sooner or later you will pay the price for everything you have done."

KCK: Destruction has political objectives

The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) pointed out in a statement published on Thursday that the destruction of guerrilla graves has not sadistic but political motives: to make the Kurds renounce their language, culture and freedom, which are their fundamental rights.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Leyla Güven expressed similar comments in an interview with the ANF: "This is a message to the people: "We do not tolerate you alive or dead. But as the trauma grows, so does the anger.”

The MKP is one of two factions that emerged from the TKP/ML (Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist) founded by revolutionary leader Ibrahim Kaypakkaya on 24 April 1972 in Turkey. Its armed wing is the People's Liberation Army (Halkın Kurtuluş Ordusu, HKO).