This is an joint declaration of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Parties and Organisations on occasion of the 70th anniversary of birth and the 46th anniversary of assassination threw torture of the communist leader of the international proletariat in Turkey, Ibrahim Kaypakkaya!
Long live the 70th anniversary of birth of Ibrahim Kaypakkaya, the leader of struggle of Proletarian World Revolution in Turkey!
It’s the 46th anniversary of the assassination of the representant of the international proletariat in Turkey, the founder of the TKP/ML (Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist) Ibrahim Kaypakkaya.
Comrade Ibrahim Kaypakkaya was only 24 when he was murdered by the severe tortures from the fascist Turkish state on the 18th of May. Kaypakkaya founded the TKP/ML when he was 23 years old.
Ibrahim Kaypakkaya succeeded in becoming the permanent leader of the communist idea and the right revolutionary line in Turkey.
He is one of the best disciple of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. He evaluated his own ideas and the TKP/ML, which he founded, as products of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Back when Marxist-Leninist ideas were active globally, when in the 1960s and 1970s the struggles for revolution and Socialism were developing themselves, the class struggle in Turkey was making incredible progress. Especially under the conditions of the 1968 Movement, which encompassed the whole world, anti-fascist and anti-imperialist revolutionary waves formed between students. This movement has reached its 50th anniversary last year. On this occasion, we salute this movement, which made the world shake and stroke fear among imperialism and the ruling powers.
This movement was influenced by Marxism-Leninism and adapted to the revolutionary wave, which developed in the world with the idea of revolution and the assertion of revolution. This period was at the same time a process in which the socialist camp divided Revisionism and Marxist-Leninist foundations. On one side was the Vietnamese resistance, the 1968 Student’s Movement and a number of national social freedom struggles, which were set against Imperialism and the reactionary ruling system at an accelerating pace, and on the other side was the struggle led by Mao Zedong in which communists fought Soviet Revisionism and the capitalist Passengerrevisionism that was taking place in China. Especially the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, which was brought to life in China against the bourgeoisie, gave the development of this great revolutionary wave enormous enthusiasm, power and courage. While on the one side the revolutionary processes and necessities were continued and discussed, on the other side along with a deep and staggering ideological struggle debates in context of the problems in Socialism were held.
Kaypakkaya has embedded himself deeply into the international proletariat with the class struggle in Socialism, his stand on Socialimperialism, his persistence on the People’s War, on his connection with the class struggle and his strong reference to Chairman Mao Zedong. In this context did he take the courageous step of the Naxalite-Movement in India as a reference. He drew a clear line between himself and the worldwide adventurous and focoist line. By systematizing the communist path-creating leader line, which bases itself on the creativity of the people’s masses, did he manage a break and formed his line with the internationalist spirit and consciousness.
It was here, in middle of this process, that Kaypakkaya took his ideological-political-theoretical form. He was fed by the progressive and rich experiences of the class struggle. But that’s not all. He was also influenced by audacity, fearlessness and the theoretical and intellectual thought richness, which would destroy all tabus, which the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution brought to life. This brought forth that he had strong theoretical discussions with revisionist streams, that he came to clear results in the question of political power, that he correctly analyzed the problems of the society in Turkey, that he took a clear position on the most basic socio-political historical topics and that he set the right path and the right line for the revolution. Most notably did Kaypakkaya show the historical and current character of the political regime of the Turkish ruling class with a never before seen clearness. He shook the class cooperative theoretical-political standpoint of revisionism by defining Kemalism as fascism. In reference to the topic of the Kurdish nation he explained it with a Leninist clear point of view with which he drew a sharp line between him and all the progressive, revolutionary and self-called Marxist-Leninists, which basically contained socialchauvinist positions in its essence. He explained the quality of the revolution as a democratic People’s Revolution and tried to adopt the line of People’s War to the country with its theoretical basis and its praxis. He waved the communist flag against the long standing numbing and humiliation of the proletariat and the suppressed people’s masses by revisionism and opportunism. He brought the solution to the historical and social problems, which were presented as true by revisionism, but were wrong in reality, through a complete and determined MLM (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist) -Position.
He also led the ideological struggle against the revolutionary petty bourgeois focoist movement, which developed under the conditions he was living in. Again he perfectionized and spread his communist line by the struggle he led against new revisionist viewpoints against the pacifist reformism and liquidationship. The uninterrupted continuation of the ideological struggle has brought a huge contribution in the development and the progress of Kaypakkaya.
He reached ideological clearness, political assertion and theoretical understanding in young ages. His method was Marxist-Leninist-Maoist. His assertion and ideological clearness are the result of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. His understanding and perception are the developments on the level of association with the class struggle. It is a continuing and uninterrupted part of the struggle of the worker’s movement, of the land occupation by the peasants and the struggle of the studying youth.
His communist and revolutionary attitude led to his assassination when he fell into the hands of the Turkish ruling classes. He still exists as a communist leader through his legacy in the TKP/ML and his programmatic views, which serve this party as a guide. He is still the leading representative of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism in Turkey.
On the 46th anniversary of his death, his mighty legacy, his theoretical richness and his political assertion have permitted the continuation of a tradition, that didn’t deviate from his line and doesn’t accept any compromises, which went against the great counterrevolutionary wave, which flourished worldwide. He left behind a party and a struggle, which have been connected to Communism uninterruptedly for 47 years.
On the 46th anniversary of his death we commemorate the leader Ibrahim Kaypakkaya with the oath of devotion to Communism, with the devotion to revolution and the devotion for the ideology of the proletariat. And we will continue to commemorate him. He is a good disciple and continuer of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Chairman Mao.
In his 70th year of birth and the 46th year of his assassination, it is of great significance and necessary to put the struggle against revisionism in the first place, to learn from the dialectical relation of Kaypakkaya with Marxism – Leninism and Maoism. It is not only of historical significance, but among others essential in the actual situation, where especially the ideological tendency of reformism, opportunism and revisionism has its influence as well on a broad revolutionary front and thus it is the main question. Main questions, like the ideological-political tendency of „Impossibility of revolution in one country“, the deviation from the aim of the dictatorship of the proletariat, or the liquidation and the deviation from the mission of the communist parties as vanguard and leadership, are the principle and fundamental dividing lines between Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and revisionism. This dividing line is being hidden under a cover of „new marxist thinking“. With the argumentation of a unified struggle against imperialism and the ruling reactionary classes, the workers and the oppressed people‘s masses become held back from the struggle for political power, questions about ethnicity, belief, national identity, etc. are put as main questions and the masses are urged more and more in this direction and are misdirected by a system-inside orientation. In regional and local questions of struggle they are being isolated more and more, which in reality only could be solved through smashing of the fundamental principles of imperialism. Through this concrete situation, at the starting point of this fundamental conception, a solution and hope is being awaited from the imperialists and a mission is given to the imperialists. The marxist-leninist-maoist ideological and political positions of Comrade Kaypakkaya, are not only an important key for the communists from Turkey and Turkey Kurdistan, but also for all Marxists-Leninists-Maoists in the whole world. As a very significant driving force of proletarian internationalism and the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideology, Kaypakkaya takes a very important place as a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist leader in the history of class struggles.
Comrade Kaypakkaya lives and will further live in the rebellions, uprisings and revolutionary struggles against imperialism, capitalism, feudalism and every reaction, of the oppressed people of the world under the leadership of Marxists-Leninists-Maoists! On his 70th anniversary of birth we remember the leader Ibrahim Kaypakkaya with the oath of ties with communism, the tie to the revolution and the tie to proletarian ideology. And we will ongoing think of him.
Long live Ibrahim Kaypakkaya!
Down with imperialism and all reactionaries!
Long live the shining path of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Chairman Mao Zedong!
Long live proletarian internationalism!
Long live our struggle for the revolution, Socialism and Communism!
Maoist Communist Party of France
Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML)
*Communist Party of Greece (marxist-leninist) kke(ml)
Communist Party of Brazil (Red Faction)
Peru People’s Movement (Reorganisation Committee)
Red Fraction of the Communist Party of Chile
Committee Red Flag – FRG
Committees for the Foundation of the (Maoist) Communist Party – Austria
Maoist Communist Party of France
Maoist Communist Party Italy
Tjen Folket – Communist League, Norway
Red Flag Collective, Finland
*We, Communist Party of Greece (Marxist-Leninist), are aware of Kaypakkaya’s contribution to Marxist-Leninist movement and to the struggle of peoples of Turkey against fascism and imperialism in Turkey. We hereby undersign the joint statement on Kaypakkaya’s 70th birthday. However, we do not ratify the formalisation of Maoism since we consider the contribution of Chairman Mao was within the framework of Marxism-Leninism and applying it to the particularities of the revolution in China.