WE WERE detained on 11 December 2002 under the Terrorism Act of 2000. There were six of us-Gurkan Gur, Rory O'Driscoll, Allaatin Kalander, Songul Ozgur, Selver Kapan and Birten Kalayci.
We were charged with membership of a proscribed organisation, the DHKP-C (Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front) on 14 December 2002. Our trial commenced on 16 February 2004. After two weeks of legal argument the judge stayed the proceedings as an abuse of the process of the court. We have been identified as terrorists for over two years. Our homes were raided in the early hours, our children and families were terrorised. We were held in a police cell for a week, and some of us were suspended from our jobs. What have we done to deserve this?
We are socialists and we oppose the Turkish state, one of the most brutal regimes in the world. We oppose the human rights violations carried out by Turkish security forces. We oppose the denial of rights and liberties. We want an independent and democratic Turkey where there is no oppression or exploitation.
We support the DHKC (Revolutionary People's Liberation Front) and we believe that a revolution is the only way to achieve these goals in Turkey. Turkey's support was crucial for Britain and the US during the unjust and unwanted war.
Our detention was another form of support or a present for Turkey. Our trial was also a trial for the establishment to find new ways of suppressing political dissent. The Terrorism Act is about terrorising protesters. The conclusion of the court supports our stance and encourages us to continue with our activities.