Article 7: Nothing in this Definition, and in particular article 3, could in any way prejudice the right to self-determination, freedom and independence, as derived from the Charter, of peoples forcibly deprived of that right [ . . . ] particularly peoples under colonial and racist regimes or other forms of alien domination: nor the right of these peoples to struggle to that end and to seek and receive support, in accordance with the principles of the Charter and in conformity with the above-mentioned Declaration.
~ United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3314 (XXIX). Definition of Aggression

A bombing in Amed has killed at least seven people (some reports indicate eight dead), and wounded 17. Five of the dead are children, from the AP, carried on the Globe and Mail:

A bomb struck a predominantly Kurdish city in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday, killing seven people and wounding 17, the local governor’s office said.

Authorities said the bomb in the city of Diyarbakir was made from powerful explosives and was set off by a cell phone timer. Although nobody claimed responsibility, the blast occurred in a region where Kurdish separatist rebels are known to be active.

The explosion happened around 9 p.m. and an investigation had begun, according to a statement from the provincial governor’s office, which gave the casualty toll.

The deputy governor of the surrounding Diyarbakir province, Ahmet Aydin, said children were among those killed and two of the injured were in serious condition at a local hospital. Local news stations said five of the seven killed were children.

A Kurdish news agency reported that the blast took place near an elementary school. Witnesses said the blast threw body parts over a wide area and left pools of blood from the killed and injured.

Diyarbakir is Turkey’s largest Kurdish-majority city, and the blast came as Kurdish rebels fighting for autonomy in the region have stepped up their attacks.

Britain’s Independent is among those reporting eight dead.

Just as the Çatak bombing last week, so this bombing is manufactured to appear like a TAK bombing. But just as I mentioned last week, TAK does not operate in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan. HPG does operate in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan, but doesn’t do this kind of operation. Additionally, no one claimed responsibility for the Çatak bombing, but HPG regularly publishes the results of its operations and TAK claims their own operations. JITEM, however, is always reluctant to claim any operations. It would disturb the facade of Turkish democracy.

With the mention of JITEM, we are reminded that the Turkish government is the only organization that operates in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan and carries out just this kind of operation. Remember Semdinli? Who is it that murders Kurdish children in Amed? Remember Enes Ata? As Enes Ata’s father, Selamettin Ata stated in a Guardian article earlier this year, at least 90% of the city sympathizes with the PKK.

Amed is PKK’s city.

It is no coincidence that this most recent attack against the Kurdish people happened on the same day that “special envoy” Joseph Ralston arrived in Ankara. The US is backing Turkey in its renewal of the Dirty War, and the bombing in Amed is one more sign that “psychological operations,” a special kind of warfare for which the US trained Turkish security forces, are being resurrected.. Gladio will still be useful to both the US and Turkey, because the Gladio structure is necessary for the fascists to maintain power. American-inspired disappearances, extrajudicial murders, ethnic cleansing, illegal detentions, and torture will be renewed very soon, most likely at the same scale they were at the height of the Dirty War. The impunity enjoyed by Turkish security forces and police will continue, as always.

After all, who is it that runs secret prisons around the world, and who is it that permits the transport aircraft to land within their “territorial integrity?” Check Amnesty International for more. Notice how many of those flights landed in Diyarbakir.

DTP’s call for PKK to begin a ceasefire, therefore, comes at the wrong time. DTP should have supported PKK’s offer at the end of August, and should have pressed the issue in the media. Their call is too little, too late. Besides, there is no point in any more unilateral ceasefires, not when the last one (the five-year freebie) gained nothing for Kurds but dead gerîlas. Turkish fascism does not need PKK to exist and increase; it only needs the Turkish government to do that. Proof? Turkish fascism began in 1923, long before there was any PKK.

To the courageous people of Amed: Berxwedan û Serkeftin!

You know how to do it.


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