Amidst great struggles of the proletariat and masses on 24th of April 1972 the Turkish Communist Party/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) was founded. In the 50 years of it’s existance, many comrades laid down their lives in the struggle. This is the reason that at the end of January events were held to honor the brave comrades who gave their lives for the revolution.
Remembering the martyrs is more than just mourning. The anniversary of the party that leads the People’s War in Turkey is a campaign for Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. In this spirit, the celebrations of the martyrs were held in many countries in Europe. Celebrations were held in Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium and Austria. Many cultural events were held in the celebrations.
In Germany in Ludwigsburg bei Stuttgart the “International” was sung. Afterwards the artist Ali Çiçek sang.
In the Swiss, in Basel, after speeches and a movie, a message from the organization of the families of the martyrs and prisoners was read. Later, the children choire of Partizan sang.
Three events took place in Austria. In Innsbruck hymns were sung, speeches held and poems read, a movie was show as well. Also, a message of the closed women’s prison in Gebze was read. In Wörgl a speech was read that said: “Our Martyrs, who are the building block of our 50 years of practice of uninterrupted struggle, do their part that we remember the martyrs loudly and determined. We protect and remember those, that ran in our 50 years of struggle at the forefront, those, that without hesitation gave their lives, in every moment, in every minute at the most outstanding places in our struggle.” At an event in Neunkirchen after speeches and a movie music and poems were performed by Aydın Şafak.
In Lüttich in Belgium the celebration began with a minute of silence, before with the opening speech the necessity of revolutionary violence was emphasized. A movie was shown and a little later there ware musical performances.
Different revolutionary forces from Turkey and french Maoists took part in the celebration in Paris, in the Dersim cultural centre and held speeches. There also a movie was shown.
So the martyrs have also given their live to further the cause, the revolution and the revolutionary party. In this way, they life on in the struggle. The martyrs have furthered the struggle in many ways. But firs and foremost, they have furthered it ideologically. The martyrs of the People’s War show that there are many examples of proletarian fighters who have no doubt in their cause. Only with faith in the ideology and the masses can one give his life. Their example is a bastion against revisionism, against the right-wing opportunist line that preaches defeatism, that there is no possibility for armed struggle. They defend the concrete truth of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism that tells us that the revolution is the main tendency in the world today, that the conditions are ripe for revolution, that it is a question of the subjective factor. As chairman Mao says: “All men must die, but death can vary in its significance. The ancient Chinese writer Szuma Chien said, “Though death befalls all men alike, it may be weightier than Mount Tai or lighter than a feather.” To die for the people is weightier than Mount Tai, but to work for the fascists and die for the exploiters and oppressors is lighter than a feather.”