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Huseyin Derinkuyu 1977-2013

by Paul Burnham, Hornsey and Wood Green SWP
Issue No. 2362

We are sad to report that Huseyin Derinkuyu has died, at the age of 36. He was a Kurdish activist and a revolutionary socialist. 

Huseyin had cancer for three years, and passed away in his home village in Turkey, near the Syrian border.  

The Kurds are an oppressed minority in several countries, including Turkey. 

His family spoke Kurdish, but when he went to school at the age of seven he came up against the repression that accompanied the 1980 military coup. 

All progressive teachers had been replaced by Turkish nationalists and all teaching was in Turkish.

At first the children just could not understand what they were being taught.

However, Huseyin did well and went on to study philosophy at university in Istanbul. 

He became a revolutionary and was part of a group that decided to join the guerrilla Kurdistan Workers Party. 

But most of his companions were arrested, and Huseyin had to live undercover for more than a year. 

He went on to join the Turkish sister group of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in 1998.

Later, he came to Britain, and was a member of the SWP in north London from 2005. 

Huseyin was a very nice man, and he was tough as well. He was always unconfident about his English, but really, it was fine. 

He worked in his brother’s shop in London, and started a course of access to higher education. 

He will be very sadly missed by his friends and comrades.  


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Tue 16 Jul 2013, 17:51 BST
Issue No. 2362
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