Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) held a promising election rally in İstanbul's Kartal on Sunday, March 10, as the only party truly representing the working people of Turkey in the upcoming local elections on March 31. TKP is running for municipal elections in all 81 provinces of Turkey, 85 districts and 2 towns with its mayoral candidates and municipal councils.
Yesterday, thousands of people, members and friends of TKP from different provinces of Turkey, gathered in Kartal Square for the remarkable rally of the TKP participating in the elections. Many people addressed their position in the elections, chanting the slogans "If money has its reign, working people have their Communist Party" and "We are not on the same boat". Communist intellectuals joined TKP in the electoral rally with their speeches, poems and music, as well as resisting workers from different sectors including steel, cosmetic, textile, construction, services and so forth.
Regarding TKP’s participation in the elections, TKP Secretary General Kemal Okuyan pointed that the essence of the issue is to struggle to create a new Turkey and added: "we are using the word "new" as revolutionaries, as communists. For us, new means more progressive, more advanced, enlightened. And we claim that we will establish a new Turkey. Because this darkness, this injustice, and this inequality do not fit our beloved country".
"Yes, we will overthrow this system that produces inequality, injustice, poverty, unemployment, crises, and wars. We're saying it honestly. We will overthrow! To establish the new system, the beautiful one, the equal one," Okuyan said. He also called on the people to support communists in the local elections in order to strengthen the hope.
TKP Dersim province candidate Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu and Mazgirt (district of Dersim in the eastern Anatolia region) candidate Derya Öz greeted the people attending the rally. They called for voting for the communist to expand the example of socialist municipality experienced in Ovacik to the entire country.
The communist mayoral candidate for İstanbul, Zehra Güner, also called the people and the voters of İstanbul to strengthen the struggle for the good of İstanbul’s working people. Mentioning that there is one İstanbul that capitalists want to exploit for profits, and there is another in which the working people are trying to survive in harsh working and living conditions, Güner said that “each vote for TKP will strengthen the barricades built against the system of capitalists and reactionists”. Metropolitan municipality mayoral candidates of Istanbul, Ankara, and İzmir are combative women cadres of TKP that have had prominent political and organizational responsibilities before their candidacy.
In the attachment, you will find some pictures from the rally. TKP will be advancing its political and organisational activities during and after the local elections, reaching out the working people all around the country.
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