Turkish socialists Marksist Tutum comment on the results of the Turkish referendum.
The big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Adana, Mersin and Eskişehir, where the working class is concentrated, said no to the one-man regime in the referendum held on 16 April.
Half of the population did not want the one man regime, despite the fact that all the state’s resources were mobilised to win the referendum and democracy was suppressed. Democratic rights were suspended, all opposition groups were suppressed, and their voices were reduced. In the cities where the Kurdish people lived, tens of thousands of voters were moved to other places where they were supposed to vote.
Since the media is dominated by the government, the no campaign could not reach the masses by that channel. The working class in the big cities feel and see that the “powerful Turkey” propagated by the AKP does not benefit them. Now the Erdogan government, determined to pursue adventurist imperialist politics in the Middle East, will not stop back from building new restraints for the working masses.
The economic, trade union and democratic rights of the working class will be further truncated. The first task at this point is to strengthen the organised struggle by claiming the working class’s May Day tradition of international unity, struggle and solidarity.