Death Anniversary of the 2011 Dersim Martyrs

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In 2011, five women comrades, political and military leaders of the guerrilla of TKP /ML-TIKKO, met death in an avalanche at the winter camp of the women’s committee.

Press Bulletin-April 2011

To the Press and Public:

5 martyrs of the TKP / ML-TIKKO dead in Dersim

In its statement of 20 April 2011, the TKP / ML-TIKKO committee of the Dersim region states that on 2 February 2011, 5 of the guerrilla fighters of the TKP / ML-TIKKO were killed after an avalanche . According to the statement of the Committee of the Dersim region, February 2, 2011 at 5am, an avalanche destroyed the Winter Camp of the Tikko woman’s committee and killed five women guerrillas.

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1- Sefagul Kesgin: Code name, Eylem; born in Erzurum in 1977. She joined the guerrillas in 2007. She had the political role of political commissar of the TKP / ML-TIKKO committee of the Dersim Region.

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2- Nursen Aslan: code name Emel; born in Tokat (Black Sea) in 1981. She joined the guerrillas in 1999. She was a advanced sympathizer TKP / ML. She had the role of commander in the TIKKO guerrilla of the Dersim region.

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3- Gulizar Ozkan: Code name, Ozlem; born in 1967 in Dersim. She joined the guerrillas in 2005. She was a advanced sympathizer of TKP/ML. She had the role of commander in the TIKKO guerrilla of the Dersim region.

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4- Fatma Acar: Code name, Dilek; born in 1983 in Mersin. She joined the guerrillas in 2006. She was a advanced sympathizer of TKP / ML. She had the role of commander in the TIKKO guerrilla of the Dersim region.

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5- Derya Aras: Code name, Sevda: born in 1979 in Erzincan. She joined the guerrillas in 2009. She was a advanced sympathizer of TKP / ML. She had the role of rank and file combatant in the TIKKO guerrilla of the Dersim region.

Although just after the landslide, immediate intervention took place, only the lifeless bodies of our five comrades were found. The Committee of the Dersim Region further states that, including comade Sefagul Kesgin, the martyrdom of our five comrades is a great loss for our organization. We know that sacrifice and death is a part of our war. In order to bear the cost of these heavy losses we will concentrate on our fight with all our capabilities and strength and will strengthen the struggle that was launched with us by our martyrs in a way that these comrades deserve.

Our five comrades have left a trace on this page of history. They took leading roles in our war and showed oppressed women the road to freedom. Their lives, like their sacrifice was a rebellion against the oppression of women for hundreds of years and their rebellion will illuminate the path of comrades who will continue the fight. We can only keep our comrades alive with their weapons we have recovered in the struggle for people’s democratic revolution, socialism and communism.

As the international office of TKP / ML we know that the way of the world proletarian revolution is a path full of commitment, sacrifice and determination. The path to the final victory can be achieved only through the knowledge of the world proletarian revolution and its ideology Marxim-Leninism-Maoism. This is why we call on all revolutionary and communist forces to take care of the memory of the martyrdom of our comrades Sefagul Kesgin, Nursen Aslan, Gulizar Ozkan, Fatma Acar, Derya Aras.

Long live Proletarian Internationalism!

Long Live the People’s War!

Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!

International Relations Office of the TKP /ML

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