Solidarity and Sympathy for the Earthquake Victims in Turkey and Syria
The devastating, terrible earthquakes and large aftershocks in southeast Turkey
and north Syria at dawn on February 6, shook the Middle East and shocked the
whole World. Tens of thousands of people have died, more than a hundred thousand
injured and millions displaced in this disaster. The dimensions of the disaster
of the two catastrophic earthquakes of 7.8 and 5.7 on the Richter scale and
hundreds of aftershocks within the three large and continental fault lines that
pass through this earthquake-prone is considered a blessing for the oppressive
governments of Turkey, Iran, and Syria and an opportunity for propaganda,
corruption, and more looting. This disaster has created death, destruction and
displacement for the oppressed people and has deadly consequences that are the
result of ignoring the warnings of experts in the field. These governments waste
society’s money and resources for warmongering, occupation and oppression of
their societies and have contributed to the dimensions of this terrible
disaster. These states, which have razed north Syria to the ground with bombings
and destructive chemical bombs, and through the proxy forces of NATO, America
and Russia, have turned the Middle East into ruins, have so far caused more
destruction than the recent earthquake disaster. The occupying government of
Turkey had prepared for a new attack on Rojava (Northeast Syria), but this
earthquake postponed it.
The response of the capitalist class society to the disaster along with the
heavy debris of the earthquake on the workers and toilers who spend their days
in more vulnerable shelters has been the most terrifying and deadly. The
earthquake which shook both Turkey and Syria, including cities Ghazi Antap,
Idlib, Adnna, Amed (Diyarbakir), Hatay, Adiaman, Malatya, Afrin and other cities
has made more than 14 million people, under the snow, cold and various diseases,
helpless against the curse of death. Millions of people from neighboring Turkey
and Syria and freedom-loving people in the Rojava region, with more than 4
million people who have already suffered 12 years of bombings and invasions of
the Turkish occupying army, ISIS and various looters mobilized by the Turkish,
Syrian and Iranian states, are going through the most difficult conditions at
the moment. These people are facing death under invasion and oppression, while
fuel and energy sources, electricity and roads have been destroyed, especially
in recent months.
Self-governing forces and people's resistance units, and Hivay Sur Kurdistan
(Kurdistan Red Hope), which is a mass independent organization, as well as
freedom-loving and internationalist people, are the only forces who are helping
the affected people using limited resources and facilities.
States are responsible for preventing disasters. Solutions must be applied
before disasters and accidents happen. With predictions, preventions and crisis
management, as well as people's engagement and trainings, the dimensions of
disasters like earthquakes can and should be prevented. It is true that
earthquakes are natural phenomena, but for example having good building
infrastructures can reduce the casualties of earthquakes in case they happen.
Poor building infrastructure cause widespread destruction from earthquake, as it
was in Turkey and Syria.
It is the duty of all people to help the mass and trusted organizations and
institutions, like Hivay Sur, to overcome this disaster. Most of the aids which
are delivered to the corrupt governments and their institutions do not reach
those affected and who most need it.
Once again, we express our deep solidarity and sympathy and our readiness to
help the earthquake victims as our internationalist duty.
International Bureau of the Communist Party of Iran
09 February 2023