Adana Labor and Democracy Forces Protest Gezi Trial Rulings






Adana Labor and Democracy Forces; “We know that this decision taken yesterday by the Court in the Gezi trial is not legitimate. This is a political decision, not a legal one. As institutions that believe in the rule of law and defend justice, democracy and human rights in all circumstances, we reject this political and illegal decision taken by the Democratic Forces of this country, and express again that we will stand in solidarity with our friends against whom arrest warrants were issued after the Gezi trial.

Labor and democracy forces gathered in Adana Atatürk Park protested the sentencing decisions regarding the Gezi Park case.

HDP MP Adana Tülay Hatimoğulları and KESK Co-Chairman Şükran Kablan Yaeşil delivered speeches and the press release was read by İHD Branch Chief Prosecutor Yakup Ataş on behalf of the participants.

Trombone; “The right to personal liberty and security and the right to a fair trial are among the most precious universal values, which have survived to the present day by filtering through the deep filter of human history full of great suffering and injustice, for which great struggles have been made all over the world, and the price has been paid,” he said.

Yakup Ataş continued his remarks as follows;

These two rights are regulated under separate headings in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, to which Turkey is a party. In this regard, these rights should be among the indispensable values ​​of forms of government that refer to universally accepted human rights and freedoms.

Unfortunately, the history of the Republic of Turkey is full of unfair trials where equality is ignored. Almost all segments of society have faced unfair trials at different times, and all of these segments have been denied the right to a fair trial, which is a basic human right at times.

Undoubtedly, there are many reasons for these violations to date. Reasons such as the inability of judges and prosecutors to ensure their independence and impartiality even in their own opinions, their protection and guarantees, the structure of the HSK, the desire of political powers to dominate the judicial system, judicial procedures special measures and anti-democratic state structure measures are among the obstacles to the protection of the right to a fair trial.

Current developments show that the abolition of special judicial procedures from legislation alone does not bring about a fair and just judicial system.

Although this issue has come to light in many ongoing trials, it recently surfaced in the “Gezi case”.

Although he was acquitted, the Gezi trial, which turned into a retrial with conspiracies, lasted for years and took its place as a black mark in the history of Turkish justice as one of the simplest examples of the state of the judicial system in Turkey. Turkey.

The verdict of the Gezi trial was announced yesterday. Osman Kavala, who was detained in the case, was acquitted of the trial for espionage, while he was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment for trying to overthrow the government. While the other defendants were sentenced to 18 years in prison on the same charge, Atty. Can Atalay, Mücella Yapıcı, Çiğdem Mater, Hakan Altınay, Mine Özerden, Tayfun Kahraman and Yiğit Ali Ekmekçi were arrested with the verdict.

First of all, we would like to point out that; The Gezi protests, which took place because millions of people exercised their democratic rights, cannot be criminalized, prosecuted or punished. The sentences handed down are the result of a political trial whose injustice and illegality have been repeatedly proven before the ECHR and the public.

We know that this court decision is not legally legitimate.

This is a political decision, not a legal one. In fact, one of the member judges who made the decision was a candidate for an AKP parliamentary candidate. We, as institutions that believe in the rule of law and uphold justice, democracy and human rights in all circumstances, reject this decision as democratic forces in this country.

the Kobani case, the HDP shutdown case, the Selcuk Kozağaçlı and friends case, and finally, the decision and practice in the Gezi case is not just a matter of political grudge, it is a sign of how to hold elections, an intimidation given to millions of people who demand freedom, democracy and human rights, we are aware of this. With this awareness, we express once again that we are not afraid and that we are at the side of our Friends.

The decisions taken are the result of the government’s attempts to punish the will of the government, which does not listen to the demands of the people, to oppose the injustice and oppression of the regime. The right to democratic demonstration and demonstration cannot be criminalized, freedom of expression and the democratic freedom of demonstration and assembly cannot be punished. This judgment of the government, which tries to preserve its existence by various illegal acts, is void and makes political and illegal decisions.

Osman Kavala and his friends were punished by the government, not the law. One member, who did not give in to pressure, proved it by opposing the decision on legal grounds. Despite everything, we are also aware that justice and enlightenment are near when injustices begin to hurt their consciences.

We know that this decision of the Court in the Gezi trial yesterday is not legitimate. This is a political decision, not a legal one. As institutions that believe in the rule of law and defend justice, democracy and human rights in all circumstances, we reject this political and illegal decision taken by the Democratic Forces of this country, and express once again that we will stand in solidarity with our friends against whom arrest warrants were issued after the Gezi trial.

Finally, we would like to end with the words of Pablo Neruda. “You can cut all the flowers, but you can’t prevent the coming of spring.” 26.04.2022

ADANA POWERS OF LABOR AND DEMOCRACY

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