Militarism is at
Initiative, 18 December 2006
To the press and the public opinion,
Militarism is at work again. The Board Member of the Istanbul Branch of
Human Rights Association and the Conscientious Objector Halil Savda was
arrested at çorlu, where he had gone to attend his trial. The
justification for the arrest is the suspicion that he would escape.
Actually, this is nothing but a cover that hides facts: Halil is in the
prison now, because he rejected an activity which crushes with his will
and his conscience. They don't want him to be free, because he doesn't
accepts to use violence, to kill people, to take a part within
uniformity structure and more than that, because he knows that if not
only himself but other people also reject this structure and other
structures, another world is possible.
Yes, it is true that conscientious objection is not an individualistic
"escape or pull through". Conscientious objection is a social issue.
Conscientious objectors work for raising the awareness that forcing
people to join an institution which primarily aims to exercise violence
systematically and oppressively is unfair; and such an institution has
no place in a desirable and livable world. As Osman Murat ülke
emphasizes, conscientious objection is meaningful within social change
and thus, it is a collective struggle.
In fact, this political stance and stress of Consciousness Objection is
what the militarist state is afraid of.
And that is why Halil Savda was arrested. The evidence of this fact is
the justification for his arrest which is the suspicion that he would
escape; although he wasn't obliged to and he was aware of the
possibility of the apprehension. Moreover, this justification is also
the evidence that militarist state is unable to deal with opponent
reactions and started to show and absurd behavior.
However, even its absurdity implies direct threat to human life. To be
put in prison and to be forced to live as a fugitive, that is, "civil
death", is the most concrete example of it.
Although it has been guaranteed by several agreements which has been
signed by The Republic of Turkey also, those unfair treatments of The
Republic of Turkey indicates the malfunction of the legal system.
Halil Savda was arrested on December 16, 2004 and subsequently released
on December 28, 2004. Then, 5th Army Corps Command çorlu Military Court
sentenced him to 3 months and 15 days of imprisonment on the charge of
"insistent disobedience" in accordance with Article 87 of Military
Criminal Code. On August 13, 2006 the 3rd Military Appeals Board
annulled the local court's verdict and ruled in favor of re-trial. Halil
Savda was arrested when he had gone the first trial of this court.
Because, he refused to accept the already given "quiet death"
Because, that is the most beneficial political strategy for state to
live conscientious objection down and to move it away public
And that is what Halil Savda don't want to let it happen.
We, who are aware of the fact that to live conscientious objection down
is a defense of militarist state structure, support Halil Savda's
conscious and right struggle.
We declare that we stand by repressed people and we call everyone to
keep their word of their altruism for the whole humanity.
Ankara Anarchy Initiative