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Thousands marched for secular education, chanted: ”we will not surrender”

The citizens, who were organized under the leadership of the Alewi Bektashi Federation (ABF) and Eğitim-Sen (Education Syndicate), shot out for “Secular, Scientific, Public, Free Education in Mother Language” in the meeting in Kartal, İstanbul. It is said, “We will not surrender to AKP fascism and darkness. We gave struggle to leave an honorable future to our children and we will go on.”

The groups gathered in front of Kartal Sub-Governorship for the rally with the slogan “We protect our future against assimilation and reactionary in education system”, Cumhuriyet reported. They walked to the rally area by throwing slogans such as: “Scientific and secular education is essential for generations who think and question”, “The future can be built with science not the grudge”, “No to monist, sexist and reactionary education”, “Shoulder to shoulder against fascism”, “We will not surrender to darkness”, “The AKP will account for the public”, “Right, law, justice”. The CHP and HDP parliamentarians, as well as the June Movement and the TKP (Communist Party of Turkey), many political parties, Alewi institutions and NGOs supported the meeting. DİSK Chairman Kani Beko, Labour Party Chairman Selma Gürkan, ÖDP (Freedom and Solidarity Party) Chairman Alper Taş, People’s House (Halkevleri) Chairperson Oya Ersoy were among the participants in the rally.

The photograph of Hatun Tuğluk, the mother of Aysel Tuğluk with HDP, whose funeral was attacked in Ankara and buried in Tunceli, was placed in the rostrum of the rally. It is said, “Hatun Tuğluk is the mother of all of us.”

Eğitim-Sen Chairman Feray Aytekin Aydoğan made a speech in the rally; “We were in the streets and squares for secularism and freedom. We gave struggle to leave an honorable future to our children and we will go on. This price is paid by our friends who have been dismissed, arrested, laid off and exiled. This price is paid by the ones whose education rights were taken. This price is paid by Nuriye and Semih who say ‘we protect our job and future’”.

ABF Chairman Muhittin Yıldız said that states should withdraw from faith, worship and religion by these words; “State schools should be science places that are equal and open to every belief and society every time.”

The common statement was read by the theater artist Orhan Alkaya; “We want the AKP’s new education program to be canceled and an new education system that recognizes the secular, democratic, scientific and free education in mother language as a human right. We want an arrangement in which Diyanet (the Presidency of Religious Affairs) is abolished and the state governs not the beliefs, but serves them in the basis of freedom and equal citizenship.”

Osman Bilgin

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