All resources for the public
Turkey's communists have declared a set of urgent policies to be put in practice in order to combat the escalating crisis in Turkey. As the number of confirmed cases increases every day, the experts warn that the measures taken by the government are not sufficient to decrease the intensity of the crisis.
Signed by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), the statement of Turkey's communists call for urgent steps for nationalizations and central planning to ensure that all the resources will be used for the people.
"The system of exploitation is not untouchable. All resources for the public!"
Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) declares that the following decisions, based on the people's right to stay healthy and right to live, should be put into practice immediately:
1. In the face of the epidemic and the economic and social destruction it causes, it is imperative to plan all production and service supply centrally.
Necessary definitions for production and services should be determined and planned centrally in order to meet the basic needs of the people and to provide the continuity of social life. The control of if the production and service are held in accordance with these definitions and plans, should also be centralized.
2. All banks and financial institutions should be nationalized without any charges. Central use of all financial resources should be ensured in line with the needs of the public..."
More of the statement can be found below:
Socialism is imperative for our health!
The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) released a statement on March 17, declaring that the coronavirus outbreak would be under control in socialist Turkey with the help of nationalized medical institutions and free health services as economic crises would be prevented under central planning.
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Letter of TKP General Secretary to the Communist Party of Cuba
To the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba,
On behalf of the Communist Party of Turkey and all your comrades from Turkey, I am addressing our gratitude and appreciation for all the contributions you have made for the well-being of humanity in these hard times. The exemplary solidarity, dedication and hard work of Cuban professionals for the help of all those in need is a genuine source of hope for the future.
Still subject to the economic, commercial and financial blockade of US imperialism, Cuban people teach humanity the core values of being human, which are in essence the values of the revolution.
We wish success and good health to all Cubans, health workers, scientists and all those involved in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
Communist Party of Turkey will always remain shoulder to shoulder with Cuban comrades in our common struggle for an egalitarian and bright world.
With comradely greetings,
Communist Party of Turkey