Beşikçi: Roboski massacre was an intimidation act
08 July 2012Roboski slaughter is an important milestone in terms of law, democracy and human rights, says sociologist Beşikçi
Speaking at Mazlumder’s Roboski stall in Ankara, sociologist İsmail Beşikçi underlined that “The murder of 34 people, despite all available information about their activities and working hours, is an intimidation just like the execution of 33 Kurdish villagers in 1943.”
Mazlumder central office opened a permanent stall in Kızılay, in Ankara, to protest against the fact that for seven months nothing has come out from the investigation into the massacre.
Sociologist Beşikçi, holding a talk at the stall on its 34th day, remarked that the Roboski slaughter is an important milestone and a bench mark in terms of law, democracy and human rights.
Beşikçi called attention to the relations of Kurds in 1940’s and reminded the execution of 33 Kurdish villagers in 1943 which –he underlined- aimed at intimidating Kurds amidst the years of invasions in north and west parts of Iran.
Remarking that drawing borders in 1920 didn’t prevent the active continuation of relations between Kurds, Beşikçi pointed out that the Turkish state imposed the duty of village guard on the people of Roboski in 1984 and has turned a blind eye to the smuggling activities in this area ever since.
Hard efforts are being made to isolate Kurds from each other, underlined Beşikçi and noted that the Turkish state made an intimidation in Roboski because it feared the process of Arab Spring could evolve into another direction in its region.
Beşikçi described the smuggling phenomenon in this region as activities for daily needs and asked; “Why do the people walk secretly in their own homeland?
Speaking after Beşikçi, Ferhat Encü who lost 11 of his relatives in the massacre said that; “The Roboski massacre has played an important role in raising consciousness among Kurds because no one ever deserves to be killed for being involved in border trade. This massacre is a crime against humanity and Turkey has become a country of massacres.”
Referring to Prime Minister Erdoğan’s statements which underline that Roboski families have been paid compensation, Encü said that “The Turkish state is behaving Kurds as if purchasable goods. The families of victims gathered the bodies of their children in pieces and carried them to hospital morgue on donkeys.”
The talk was followed by the display of the film “Border and Trade” which was shot in Van, dealing the smuggling reality in the Kurdish area.
D.F. - ANF / ANKARA
ANF NEWS AGENCY