On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic on 29th of the October, people were on streets in 67 provinces. On the streets with the spirit of the Republic, citizens shouted "Not the Republic but the AKP (Justice and Development Party, in government) will collapse". Number of people on the marches exceeded millions.We share the impressions of the celebrations in major provinces below. AnkaraHundreds of thousands gathered at "Ankara Meeting for the Republic" under the leadership of Workers Party, CHP, ATA, United Public Workers Confederation and Turkish YouthUnion (TGB) in Tandogan Square. During the march, the slogans “The Republican Revolution will win, AKP will collapse”, “We are the soldiers of Mustafa Kemal” wereshouted.Before the speeches started in the meeting, there was a performance of an orchestra consisting ofa hundred-fifty musicians and chorus that was conducted by inci Ozdil. Ozdil was the first woman conductor and is Vice-Chairwoman of Workers' Party.Hasan Basri Ozbey, Vice-Chairman of the Workers' Party and Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Chairman of the CHP gave speeches on the meeting.Hasan Basri Ozbey, Vice-Chairman of the Workers' Party addressed people of Ankara as Guards of the Republic, Heroic Pioneers of the Republic, Soldiers of Mustafa Kemal. Ozbey stated that there is republic left to defend. According to Ozbey, the duty is to re-establish the Republic.Following is a summary of Ozbey's speech ....
On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic on 29th of the October, people were on streets in 67 provinces. On the streets with the spirit of the Republic, citizens shouted "Not the Republic but the AKP (Justice and Development Party, in government) will collapse". Number of people on the marches exceeded millions.
We share the impressions of the celebrations in major provinces below. Ankara
Hundreds of thousands gathered at "Ankara Meeting for the Republic" under the leadership of Workers Party, CHP, ATA, United Public Workers Confederation and Turkish Youth
Union (TGB) in Tandogan Square. During the march, the slogans “The Republican Revolution will win, AKP will collapse”, “We are the soldiers of Mustafa Kemal” were
Before the speeches started in the meeting, there was a performance of an orchestra consisting of
a hundred-fifty musicians and chorus that was conducted by inci Ozdil. Ozdil was the first woman conductor and is Vice-Chairwoman of Workers' Party.
Hasan Basri Ozbey, Vice-Chairman of the Workers' Party and Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Chairman of the CHP gave speeches on the meeting.
Hasan Basri Ozbey, Vice-Chairman of the Workers' Party addressed people of Ankara as Guards of the Republic, Heroic Pioneers of the Republic, Soldiers of Mustafa Kemal. Ozbey stated that there is republic left to defend. According to Ozbey, the duty is to re-establish the Republic.
Following is a summary of Ozbey's speech:Today, we gathered in all the squares of our Republic like Ankara-Tandogan, Istanbul-Istiklal, Izmir-Gundogdu for the fire of the Revolution.
We united in Ataturk!
Turkish flag is in our hands. We gathered under our flag with crescent and star; To achieve our revolution!
To save us from the US made Greater Middle East Project's (GMEP) co-chairmanship!
To down the bigot dictatorship of Tayyip Erdoğan - Abdullah Gül - Fethullah Gülen!
To save the local administrations from reactionism and separatism of AKP and PKK;
To turn Cankaya (government district of Ankara) into Atatürk's Cankayaagain ;
To establish the Republican Government;
To vector Turkey to the route of Kemalist Revolution!
To re-establish Ataturk's Republic!
They thought the June Uprising was about trees. They thought of the tree of the Republic Revolution as a rootless bush.
They thought that it is over!
The working class stood up. Workers of Yatagan province made it onto the stage, from Mount Sodra to Ankara highways and they shouted: We are the soldiers of Mustafa Kemal!
We took breath, gathered our strength, we are on the squares again. More than ten millions!
We are the revolutionary pioneers of our nation!
The USA is no more the power to intervene, regulate in our region like yesterday. Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt... The USA lost the initiative in our region! The sunken USA who is a monster with a single tooth has been trying to find a solution against the resistance of the peoples of the region.
The Greater Middle East Project of the USA is over. GMEP dispersed by crashing with the Asia rock!
The resistance of our people and people of West Asia ended the GMEP!
Tayyip Erdogan and Abdullah Gul and their fellows became unemployed by sharing the defeat of the USA! The Erdogan-Gul pair declared war against Turkish nation and Ataturk's Republic! They have faced to modern and working Turkey. Not even the USA can save them.
We are promising: We will down the GMEP co-chairmanship rule and we will achieve the Kemalist Revolution to continue to take the oath forever.
The Republic Day was also effusively celebrated in Istanbul despite all the hindrances of the AKP. 26 buses of riot police were sent to Taksim-Square on account of the 29 October Istiklal Meeting led by Workers' Party, TGB and many other civil society organizations. Even traffic polices helped the riot police. The police closed off all the roads reaching to Istiklal Avenue that intersects with the Taksim-Square.
Tens of thousands of young and elder people gathered to celebrate the Republic Day with their Turkish flags where Mustafa Kemal picture on.
People gathered in Tunnel-Square at 13:00. They marched towards Sishane-Square behind a 5 meter-long Ataturk banner that was prepared by TGB and a model symbolizing the "People's Package" against the so called democratization package of AKP.
In a short time the growing number of protesters turned back to Tunnel Square again with the slogan of "Everywhere is Taksim, Everywhere is Resistance" since the police had banned the celebration on Istiklal Avenue.
People gathered in Tunnel Square again and police attacked with tear gasses while protesters were shouting "We are the soldiers of Mustafa Kemal" to march towards Taksim Square.
Members of TGB held each other's hands at the very front of people to prevent any provocation among police and citizens. People have more reacted when police pushed people with their shields and tear gasses.
Detention of Ataturk
During the police attack in Tunnel, the police detained the giant Ataturk banner of TGB and they did not let the banner enter again into Istiklal Square. The tear gasses were used against TGB members who protected the banner to detain Ataturk.
Police barricade was passed, moving towards Dolmabahge
After the affray at the Tunnel, people who passed the barricades started to march towards the Dolmabahce Palace where Ataturk died. There were two march columns.
A group overcame the police block and marched until Odakule and entered to Istiklal Avenue with "Ataturk" and "People's Package". People marched from Karakoy to Dolmabahce as they reached their targets. Other group was also successful by reaching Dolmabahce by moving from Sarachane - Banks Streets and Karakoy. Tens of thousands read our national Oath in front of the Palace.
People filled the whole square from Alsancak ferry port to Republic-Square. There were people at 7 or 70 in the celebration of the Republic. Workers, peasants, students were all in the square.
There were also supporters of Goztepe and Karsiyaka soccer teams of eternal rivalry in the square side by side. Citizens became a single heart and single voice to read our national Oath.
People greatly applaud the messages of Dogu Perincek, Chair of the Workers' Party and CHP MP Mustafa Balbay who are imprisoned on account of the Ergenekon investigation.
Chairman of the Izmir Chamber of Doctors, Suat Kaptaner gave a speech on behalf of the Union of Forces for the Republic Platform.
Tugay Sen, Vice-Chairman of the Workers' Party and the Chairman of the Party's Izmir Province Organization, targeted Prime Minister Erdogan in his speech.
Turkish and Syria Brotherhood was shouted
There were activities at four centres in Hatay for the Republic. In Antakya, CHP, Workers' Party, Egitim-Is, and TGB members placed a wreath on Ataturk Monument and made a press declaration. In the meeting where more than a thousand and five hundred person participated, the Chairman of the Association of Kemalist Thought Hatay Branch, Keziban Kuram said that "We must unite and become a power against AKP".
There were 13 organizations consisting of political parties and civil society organizations in Samandag. Citizens often shouted the slogans of "We will win by uniting", "Completly independent Turkey", "Turkey and Syria are brothers", "Very first duty is to down the AKP".
On the 90th anniversary of the Republic, each side of Turkey became white and red. There were 100 thousands of people on the squares in Eskisehir. Citizens who shouted the national Oath together carried the posters ofAli ismail Korkmaz who was killed by the police forces during the June Riot.
At the end of the march, the national Oath ban of AKP was once more protested. Many people of Eskisehir read the Oath again to violate the ban of AKP. Patriots mentioned that "We celebrate the Republic as if it is established again" to indicate their spirit.
Malatya Turan Emeksiz Square was full of 15 thousand people who came together to declare the brotherhood against the separation package of AKP. The police barricades in the Republic Celebration were lost among citizens who shouted as "Freedom October for Brotherhood". Citizens who were on squares in Diyarbakir, Kahramanmaras, Sanliurfa, Elazig, Erzurum, Sivas, Kars and Van shouted the slogans of "We are the soldiers of Mustafa Kemal", "Either Independence or Death, Completely Independent Turkey".
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