Petition update

Academics for Peace call for solidarity

Didem Derya Özdemir Kaya
Bristol, United Kingdom

Jan 13, 2016 — Dear Supporters,

I am writing to share updates from Turkey and ask for your solidarity with the Academics for Peace.

In the face of the ongoing civil war in the Kurdish region of the country, 1,128 academics from 89 universities in Turkey and over 355 academics and researchers from abroad including figures such as Tariq Ali, David Graeber, Cynthia Enloe, Alessandra Mezzadri, Slavoj Zizek, Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Immanuel Wallerstein, Franco Berardi, Etienne Balibar, and David Harvey have signed a petition calling on the Turkish state to resume peace talks. (The petition is ongoing and numbers are increasing.)

The initiative calls itself Academics for Peace and their petition is hosted here: http://barisicinakademisyenler.net/node/63. If you can't access the website, you can read the petition here: http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/170978-academics-we-will-not-be-a-party-to-this-crime.

Yesterday, there was a bombing attack in Istanbul that killed 10 and injured 15, among whom were German, Norwegian and Peruvian citizens: http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jan/12/istanbul-explosion-several-reported-killed-in-tourist-area-live-updates

Following this mass killing, President Erdogan made a speech which focused on Academics for Peace much more than it did on the bombing attack. He called Academics for Peace "terrorist supporters": http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=93760&NewsCatID=338

Today, racist mafia leader Sedat Peker threatened Academics for Peace saying "we will spill their blood and we will take a blood bath with it" (http://t24.com.tr/haber/sedat-pekerden-suca-ortak-olmayacagiz-diyen-akademisyenlere-oluk-oluk-kanlarinizi-akitacagiz,324004). As we mentioned in our original petition, this person made a similar speech before the last elections in a rally he organised to garner support for the ruling party AKP. Soon after his speech not only the civil war in the Kurdish region escalated, but also the Ankara Massacre was committed.

In the light of all this, I ask you to please consider signing and circulating the petition penned by Academics for Peace. To do so, you need to email info@barisicinakademisyenler.net.

Kind Regards,

Didem Derya Özdemir Kaya