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ILPS-Phils: State terror rules in Turkey and the Philippines

(Repost from ILPS website)

MANILA. The Philippines chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Phils) joins the world in condemning the bloodiest bombing of a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey.

State terror rules in Turkey as in the Philippines, with Turkey as part of the US-led NATO alliance in Europe bordering Syria and the Philippines a US ally for its pivot into Asia. In both cases, the people mourn their dead, the ILPS-Phils said.

The Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) puts the death toll in the Ankara bombing at 128 with hundreds more injured. The Turkish army conducted more air raids on southeast Turkey and northern Iraq against Kurds, killing 49 over the last two days. An earlier suicide bombing in the town of Suruc on the Syrian border killed 33.

The Aquino government through its Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday that it shares “the grief and sorrow of the Turkish nation”. Those were crocodile tears, the ILPS-Phils contended.

The DFA statement was quoted as saying that the Philippines “stands by Turkey in its fight against terrorism.”

“The real terrorism is state-sponsored terrorism,” the ILPS-Phils said.

Under the guise of fighting terrorism, Turkey has bombed Kurdish people fighting for peace and democracy.

In the Philippines, the Aquino government also condemned the Ankara bombing as “inhumane and dastardly”. With its own war against the Filipino people, however, there were more than 200 victims of extra-judicial killings since July 2010 including 72 indigenous peoples of whom 57 are Lumad of Mindanao.

Drawing parallels between the two US-client states, the ILPS-Phils also cited their failures at peace-building.

The Erdogan dismissed the peace talks and a ceasefire called by Kurdish fighters. The Aquino government also stalled peace negotiations and reneged on earlier agreements with Moro fighters and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“The Erdogan should bear full accountability its crimes,” the ILPS-Phils said.

The US-Aquino regime was found guilty of its own war crimes as established this year by the International Peoples Tribunal in Washington, DC.

Investigating into the Lumad killings in the Philippines, the Aquino government declined to invite UN Special Rapporteurs on Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, on the Rights of the Indigenous People’s, on Situation of Human Rights Defenders, and on the Promotion of the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

Several people’s organizations have demanded to end the killings and US-led terrorism.###