In another step towards the middle ages and inquisitions, the Supreme court of Belgium annulled the acquittance sentence of Bahar Kimyongur (Rabih Kamoun) and his comrades and ordered them to be put on trial again for alleged ties with DHKPC.
DHKPC is a Turkish Marxist revolutionary movement fighting against what it considers to be an oppressive and fascist Turkish state. It is calling for equal rights and emancipation of minorities and solidarity with the peoples fighting against American Imperialism instead of the policy of assimilation and oppression and alliance with the U.S that the Turkish government is following.
Regardless of the struggle of the DHKPC itself and without having to answer the question on the validity of its struggle, it goes without saying that having sympathy with such a revolutionary organisation is not a crime but an opinion. And also expressing that sympathy and solidarity by ways of articles and meetings is part of the freedom of speech and gathering.
Nor Bahar who is a good friend of mine and a very convinced Marxist and Arab Nationalist -he belongs to the occupied Arab region of Eskandaroun (Hatay)-neither any of his comrades have participated in any acts of violence in anyway. So what is being put on trial in Belgium is their opinion, and the fact that they were acquitted by the court of appeal only to be sent back to face trial by the supreme court should be alarming for all people who are concerned for civil rights and freedom of speech.
I hereby declare my complete solidarity with Bahar and his comrades and my support to them every step of the way in their process, and I call upon all my friends and comrades to do exactly the same.
Dyab Abou Jahjah
L'auteur de ce message, un politologue belgo-libanais, est actuellement soumis à procès pour des raisons politiques en Belgique. Il avait été condamné à un an de prison ferme pour «ne pas avoir utilisé son autorité morale afin de calmer des manifestants» lors des troubles qui avaient éclaté à Borgerhout après le meurtre d'un jeune marocain, Mohamed Achrak, le 26 novembre 2002, troubles que pourtant le condamné avait tenté de désamorcer. Ce jugement surréaliste prouve que le combat de vigilance et de dénonciation mené par le Clea est plus d'actualité que jamais. Liberté pour Dyab Abou Jahjah ! [Lire]