Socialist editor faces new charge
THE TURKISH state, a NATO member, is continuing to clamp down on socialists, trade unionists and those who stand up for the rights of the Kurds and other minorities. Tulay Kocak, editor of the socialist paper Workers' Democracy, has been charged with "openly provoking the populace to hatred and enmity on the basis of differences of class, race, religion, creed or region". The charges relate to a pamphlet called The Two Souls of Socialism, which argues for working class struggle against the bosses and for taking on anti-Kurdish racism. Tulay spent six weeks on remand last year charged for a previous article in Workers' Democracy on the Kurds. That prosecution was eventually suspended after a defence campaign won widespread backing in Turkey and abroad. Socialists in Turkey are appealing for similar support again.
- Send protest letters to: Hikmet Sami Turk, Minister of Justice, fax 0090 312 417 3954, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org