Our Country is Ripe for Revolution
by The DHKP-C
OUR COUNTRY IS RIPE FOR REVOLUTION
Our country lives under the hidden occupation of imperialism, with the USA
at its head. It is a neo-colonial country that is dominated by a distorted
capitalist structure. Under the extreme exploitation of imperialism and its
collaborators all roads towards social development are barred and our
people are condemned to live under a regime of oppression, terror and
poverty. Imperialism is linked by thousand ties to the collaboration of the
monopolist bourgeoisie, the feudal landlords and the usurious merchants who
collectively compose the oligarchic structure which holds state power and
which represses popular opposition by force to maintain its sovereignty.
The state structure established by this oligarchy is fascist in character
from top to bottom. The fascist state army, police and other special bodies
act as the watchdogs of imperialism and keep our country under occupation
in the name of imperialism. The internal dynamics of this capitalist
structure, distorted towards this imperialist exploitation. Lack the
ability to generate development and instead bring about periodic national
crises. Under these conditions, the ruling oligarchy is again and again
thrown into situations which it cannot control, while the popular masses
ate tossed about by uncertainties.
Today our country is experiencing the complete decay of the distorted
politics, morals and economy of the exploitative system set up by world
imperialism and its local collaborators. In order to hinder the developing
popular opposition and revolutionary struggle, the ruling classes are
resorting to policies of terror and massacre scarcely seen in the world.
Every day, dozens of revolutionaries and patriots are murdered by fascist
state forces, while in the mountains. In the cities and in the ongoing
blood bath in the torture chambers practically unheard of crimes crowded in
upon each other. Villages and forests are razed, thousands of peasants are
driven off their lands and out of their homes and rounded up in
concentration camps. Almost every day, the state clamps down on unions,
workers associations. Publishers and the press, ransacking their offices
and torturing those who are arrested. The thousands of revolutionaries and
patriots who are condemned to state dungeons are subjected to constant
abuse and torture. At the same time, almost every day representatives of
the ruling class find themselves embroiled in yet another corruption
scandal, outrage against public morals or sordid bribery incident. All too
many of the highest authorities in the state, including the Prime Minister
and the President are hand in glove with the Mafia bosses, and up to their
necks in bribery and corruption. In short, every aspect of this society is
rotten, and the social order is in its death- throes. Our country is quite
simply on the eve of a revolution. The popular masses are demanding a stop
to this barbarity and searching for a new way of liberation, a new way of
hope. The name of this hope is the DHKP-C (Revolutionary People's
Liberation Party and its Front).
WE WILL MAKE AN END OF THIS HISTORY BY RELYING ON OUR PEOPLE
Our Party recognizes that neither rebelling against exploitation and
tyranny nor struggling for democracy, freedom and justice is merely a
right. It is a sacred duty. There is no alternative but to destroy by force
the state which is ruled by fascist terror and armed force. Today, our
party is waging a guerrilla war in our countryside and in our cities, with
the perspective of a united Revolutionary War. The current stage of this
guerrilla war is a vanguard conflict, the first phase of the people's war
led by the Armed Propaganda Units together with the Revolutionary People's
Liberation Front, under the command of our Party. This vanguard conflict
has a number of important goals.
First, it must lay low the politics of fascism and destroy the enemy
physically and psychologically, exposing him mercilessly. Then, it must
develop our people's revolutionary dynamism, ensuring that it understands
its own interests and acts upon them with its full strength. Finally, it
must ensure that our Party develops as a centre of attraction, bringing the
working masses under the banner of the Front and the Party and forging them
into a guerilla army.
WE HAVE BUILT OUR PARTY THROUGH STUGGLE
WE WILL COME TO VICTORY THROUGH STRUGGLE
We are the liberation movement of the Turks, the Kurds, the Arabs, the
Circassians, the Laz, the Georgians - of the working people of all the
national communities of Turkey and Kurdistan. We are not a party built by
deals in smoke-filled rooms or political horse trading. We were born in
battle, on the field of battle. All the peoples of Turkey and of the world
are witness to how and why we have fought. For the 16 years during which we
waged war under the banner of Devrimci Sol we have been a beacon of hope
and a pillar of justice. We have been the voice of freedom, raised in anger
against exploitation, injustice and fascism. We were the resistance in the
dungeons of the coup of 12 September 1980. We have passed through the hoops
of fire of tortures and massacres. We have emerged from every test of our
strength more steadfast than before. We have made known our beliefs, our
indissoluble links with the people and our undying commitment to our cause
by writing them in blood on the walls. We have lost many martyrs, and we
have written many names in the annals of heroism. Despite all attempts to
hinder us, we have raised our armed guerrilla units in the countryside and
in the cities, and have created a popular movement which is organized on
every level. We have grown, we have developed, we have become experienced.
And we have founded our Party.
We have built our Party through struggle, we will come to victory through
struggle. Uniting the people under the banner of our Party, we will wage
this war with ever greater strength until we bring them to final victory.
Our Party s Ultimate Goa!: Our Party is a Marxist-Leninist Party. Its
ultimate goal is the foundation of a society without classes or
What Kind of Revolution Do We Want Today: Our revolution will have an anti
imperialist and anti-oligarchical character. Our current goal is the
Revolutionary Popular Rule, which brings together all popular forces under
the hegemony of the working class in opposition to imperialism and
oligarchy. The Revolutionary Popular Rule is a form of state power which
aims to bring about independence, democracy and undiluted socialism.
The Way to Liberation: Our party believes that the rule of imperialism and
oligarchy can be overthrown and the people's liberation brought about only
by armed struggle. Our Party's strategy, the Strategy of the People's War,
draws its strength directly from working people. In the conditions which
prevail in our country, this strategy of People's War has certain
advantages over a traditional strategy, and it leads to ultimate victory
through a succession of stages. Our strategy does not follow the classic
model in which forces in the countryside surround the cities -rather it
adopts a perspective of a United Revolutionary War involving both the
cities and the countryside at once. The first phase of our war will be a
vanguard struggle, build on the basis of armed propaganda. Growing out of
the vanguard struggle will come a guerrilla war, in which the guerrilla
army will grow and spread out across the country. This emerging force will
link in with people's movements and local rebellions to forge a people's
army, and the people's army will eventually raise an shout rebellion which
will bring down the oligarchic state and lead to the ultimate victory in
which the Revolutionary People's Power will be established. Our Party
designates this popular rule particular form of revolutionary struggle,
particular to our country, as a Strategy of Politicised Military War. At
the same time as waging this struggle, other battles are fought, to win for
the popular masses their everyday, democratic rights and demands. All of
these are included in our strategy. Through this strategy, our Party
continues to raise the struggle, in the full knowledge that ultimate
victory is impossible without waging relentless war against every force
which opposes revolution and socialism.
The Classes and Layers of the People Who have an interest in Our Revolution
are: The working class of the Kurdish nation and of all other national
groups in our country, the poor and middle peasants, all working people,
the small producers in the countryside and in the towns, small tradesmen,
artisans, public officials, students, intellectuals, and everyone who has
not lost his national values, who longs to live in a country which is
independent among people who are free, who opposes exploitation and
tyranny. in its struggle to bring about the Revolutionary People's power
Our Party relies on these forces.
External Forces Supporting the Revolution: Our revolution is at once a
Middle Eastern, a West Asian and a Balkan revolution. The working people of
these regions and the proletariat of the rest of the world, revolutionary-
democratic forces. social liberation struggles and socialist movements
dedicated to the destruction of revisionism are all comrades and allies of
THE DUTIES OF THE REVOLUTIONARY PEOPLE'S POWER
* Abolishing every organ and institution of the oligarchy's fascist state
machine and allowing the people to rule themselves at every level,
choosing, supervising and recalling their representatives, founding a new
kind of state on the basis of People's Democracy.
* Removing every obstacle which stands in the way of the people organizing
its own forces on the professional, cultural, social and political level.
* Punishing torturers, tyrants, exploiters, counter-revolutionaries and
allowing no freedom of action to enemies of the revolution.
* Destroying the old fascist army and all other security forces and arming
the people to build a new Revolutionary People's Army.
* Breaking off all international links set up by the exploiting classes and
following an internationalist policy of solidarity and the brotherhood of
peoples. Abandoning unprincipled, opportunist policies and adopting a
policy of unconditional and unreserved support for all the socialist and
anti imperialist popular movements in the world.
* Allowing the Kurdish nation to exercise its national identity freely,
determining its own destiny and development.
* Abolishing the old judicial system and founded a democratic justice
system based on popular participation.
* The basic economic goal of our revolution is to end the rule of
imperialism and oligarchy and to harness the nation's resources for the
welfare of the people. All the assets of the imperialists and oligarchy
will be nationalized. All links with organs of imperialist exploitation
will be cut off and all outstanding debts with them will be unilaterally
cancelled. The supervision of the nationalized economic units will be
placed in the hands of the proletariat. Small-scale production will be
streamlined to the requirements of the planned economy. External trade will
be under the supervision of people's power. Production will be planned to
give priority to heavy industry and to ensure the happiness and welfare of
the people. The character of socialism will be stamped firmly on every
aspect of economic life during this process.
* All land will be nationalized. Large estates will be expropriated and
every vestige of feudalism, sharecropping and tenancy will be abolished.
The capitalist agribusiness will be expropriated and placed under rural
proletarian supervision. Landless peasants will be given plots, debts to
exploiters will be wiped out and a wide ranging land reform will aim at
collectivising, productivising and assisting the national economy.
* All resources both above and below ground will be placed under the
supervision of Revolutionary People's Power.
* The despoiling of our country's natural beauty will be stopped and
programmes to protect it will be advanced.
* Employers' Unions and Associations will be banned and lockouts will be
made illegal. The proletariat will direct and supervise the production and
distribution of all places of production. The rights to strike, job
security and a fair wage will be assured.
* Every step will be taken to ensure that nothing stands in the way of the
workers in their bid to end exploitation.
* Support will be given to the urban and rural small producers, to those
intellectuals who are of practical use to the people and to the self-
* Every step will be taken to ensure that in politics, in production, and
in education, the youth which represents our society's future will grow up
to be productive, dynamic, patriotic and internationalist revolutionaries.
* We will end women's status as second-class citizens, unwaged house
slaves, sexual commodities, and advertising fodder. We will fight against
all opinions and traditional links which hinder the liberation and
development of women, and will support the organization and the struggle of
* The old education system will be abolished and replaced by a democratic,
free, universal system which supports production. An education policy which
accelerates social and political development and aims to create socialist
individuals with be followed. The universities will flourish as cities of
each science and culture, and they will be reorganized on an open and
* No sacrifice will be spared to solve the people s health problems. Health
services will be reconstructed on a basis which is free, universal and
geared to the real health needs of the people.
* Sports and cultural activities will be socialized, and all habits and
traditions which have arisen under imperialism and its exploitation will be
* The people's religious beliefs will be respected, but all organizations
seeking to harness these beliefs against the revolution will be closed
* The memory of our revolution's martyrs will live with us always and the
immortal value of their self-sacrifice and courage will be preserved in the
people's consciousness forever. Future generations will be raised in an
understanding of the respect due to the martyrs who have fallen in the
struggle. The families and children of martyrs will be the responsibility
of the Revolutionary People's Power and all necessary measures will be
taken to ensure their quality of life.
WAR UNTIL LIBERATION!
DHKP-C Revolutionary People's liberation Party-Front