Socialist Worker

Victory as Turkish authorities lift deportation of Chris Stephenson

by Charlie Kimber
Issue No. 2495

Filiz and Chris can celebrate the news he can return to Turkey

Filiz and Chris can celebrate the news he can return to Turkey

CHRIS STEPHENSON, the socialist activist who was deported from Turkey two days ago has received news from the authorities today, Friday, that now there is “no ban on him entering Turkey” and he can return.

Chris, who teaches at Istanbul’s Bilgi university, has received tremendous support inside Turkey and internationally.

Chris told Socialist Worker, “I could not really believe it when I received the news. I’m very, very pleased.

“This decision is a tribute to the campaigning work that so many people have carried out, and I am grateful to them all.

“My students showed tremendous support, and so did in particular a group of women who knew me because I defended their right to wear the headscarf 12 or 13 years ago.

“If you sent a message of protest, if you shared my story on social media—and especially if you protested in Turkey—you have shown how solidarity can work.

“Now we have to carry on. There are in particular the three academics whose case I was monitoring. They are still inside.

“And we have to continue the campaign for peace”.

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