The attempts and eternal self-sacrificing efforts to solve the Kurdish problem with democratic and peaceful methods which had been unilaterally carried on for seven years by our leader have had no response. Turkish State‘s denial-destruction policies and approaches that pretend not to see the problem had continued. The methods of state to solve the Kurdish problem had been insistence of surrender and dishonor life. The serious isolation and destruction policies had been carry out on our leader. And our leader had been completely break his people off. The policies of assimilation, depriving of all kind of human rights, massacre, the mentality of “the best Kurd is the dead Kurd“ which had been carried out throughout the history of the republic are still continuing.
The statements that had been done by AKP and Erdogan about the problem are not for solving in essence. They are simple political approaches and tactics which detain and draw our people to a situation without struggle by spreading over the time. These statements are activities of creating the traitor and comprador Kurds by destructing of all desires for freedom on the name of Kurds. We do not perceive that the statements which had been done by the government and Erdogan are approaches to solve the problem and we do not take them seriously.
The segments who take these type statements into consideration and are hopeful will see that they have been mistaken. We, as TAK merely take recognition of our leader as a interlocutor and his freedom, also policies of lifting the denial-destruction methods on our people into consideration. We are not satisfied the struggle of Kongra-Gel (The Kurdish People‘s Congress) and HPG (People‘s Defense Forces) which had been carried out by taking political balances into consideration and we are criticizing them. We are calling on HPG to become more active in their struggle.
TAK is an organization that was given birth by the conditions which is deemed Kurdish People and their leader worthy of.
We had fought against the enemy in PKK a period. But all public opinion has been seeing that the current approaches of Turkish State are not conciliatory methods. Turkish State tries to solve the problem with destruction and denial methods of Kongra-Gel and HPG which take political balances into consideration are weakness, therefore, 1.5 year ago we were separated from the organization and established TAK organization. We could not respond with passive struggle methods, while the state‘s terrorist applications continue. We will be in more radical position against all these attacks. The actions that we have done until now were warnings. But the conclusions that have to be reached had not been reached yet. After now, our attacks will continue and become more violently. We, as an organization are not connected with or dependent on any one or anywhere. Each militants of our force is ready to sacrifice his/her life for this struggle. We have the will and force to do all kind of action. Our military training and technical opportunities are adequacy for all kind of actions. The military bureaucracy, economy and tourism are our top priority targets, while terror of state is not stopped. Also the segments who have role in conspiracy that have been happened against our leader and who become happy with our leader‘s captivity, who are known that instructed the murder of 13 thousand people and carried out and civilian fascist bureaucracy are the targets that we will attack them. The traitors and compradors, the owner of wild practice who shorted 13 bullets to a 12 years old body and who turned Şemdinli and other places to hell are the other targets that we will attack them.
In everywhere of Turkey, the bombs will explode, the assassinations and sabotage actions will happen happen. We will not recognize any rule. Everything and everywhere are targets for us. We concentrate on the target, attack the target with revengeful spirit and we destroy it.
We are calling about tourism:
It is one of the most important source which feet the dirty and special war, so it is one of the first targets that we will attack. We warn the foreign and native tourist to not go to the touristic areas in Turkey. We are not responsible for who will die in the actions that will happen in those areas. Turkey is not secure country and never will be. Because we are a people which have a risk of destruction and we are in a war.
Our call for youths:
You can do all kind of big or small actions of burning and destruction. You must do Turkey worse than France. We are giving initiative to you. You are free. We call brave and heroic Kurdish youths for the more. Struggle together.
Our number had been increased three times than last. Our people have hugged us. Since last year, a lot of person had joined our organization from HPG and different segment. We will aim to increase our force. In last year, we intensively did different types of actions. Only a part of them were reflected on press, majority of them consciously, were not reflected. They were reflected as short-circuit of electricity or as compression of gas. By this way the public opinion had been wanted to mislead.
TAK is our people‘s defense and attack force. Our people is not ownerless. After no, we will give violent answers to the attacks against our people we will make sacrifices which can, to defense our heroic and honorable people.
-LONG LIVE OUR LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN!
-DOWN WITH STATE‘S TERROR, TRIATORS AND COMPRADORS!
-LONG LIVE OUR PEOPLE‘S FORCE OF VENGEANCE!
-DOWN WITH FASCIST TURKISH STATE!
TeyrêBazên Azadîya Kurdistan (TAK)
this is the text on the groups webpage. and this is their history (from wiki):
TAK has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks against businesses and government and legal institutions since 2004. Its earliest attacks were small, non-lethal bombings in public places which the group described as "warning actions." These warnings, however, had become deadly by the summer of 2005.
20 people were injured when a bomb exploded at Çeşme, a coastal resort town on July 10, 2005.
Less than one week later, five people were killed and more than a dozen wounded when a bus was blown up in the seaside town of Kuşadası.
This type of attack against a tourist target is perhaps the signature tactic of TAK. The group has targeted civilians to discourage tourism in Turkey by attacking targets such as hotels and ATMs. TAK claims to have no desire to kill foreigners, only that it wishes to cut off a key source of revenue for the Turkish government.
In 2006 the groups attacks continued, including a failed plot to attack a bus carrying legal officials on April 12, 2006. Five of the group's members were arrested when the plot was broken up.
The group also claimed responsibility for an April 5, 2006 attack on a district office of the Justice and Development Party in Istanbul.
In March, one person was killed and thirteen injured when TAK detonated a bomb near a bus station in Istanbul.
On August 28, 2006, The Kurdish Freedom Falcons attacked the resort area of Marmaris with three explosions, at least two of which bombs were hidden in garbage cans.
In the resort city of Antalya, 20 were injured when another explosion went off and 3 were killed. A final bomb detonated in Turkey's largest city of Istanbul where more than 20 people were injured.
A separate attack is claimed to have been stopped in the port city of İzmir when a raid turned up plastic explosives.
The groups website states the rash of attacks are revenge for the imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan, the figurehead for the armed Kurdish nationalist movement.
On August 30, 2006, the town of Mersin was attacked via a bomb planted in a rubbish container on Inonu street, one person was injured.
The bombing is believed to be linked to the recent attacks by TAK, however they have not claimed responsibility.
In the July 2008 bombings, the deadliest attack against civilians in Turkey since 2003, two bombs hit a shopping mile in Güngören district of Istanbul.
In June 2010, they blew up a military bus in Istanbul, killing four people including 3 soldiers and a 17-year-old girl. This was received by observers as a "resumption of guerrilla warfare" which "brings to a final end an unofficial truce between the PKK and the government, which last year launched an initiative giving Kurds greater civil rights."
On October 31, 2010, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb on Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, killing the perpetrator and resulting in 32 injuries, 15 of whom were police officers.
The bombing is believed to be linked to TAK, however they have not claimed responsibility.
September 20, 2011 3 people died and 34 people were injured in a bomb attack in Ankara. Kurdistan Freedom Falcons claimed the attack.
On December 23, 2015 Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen International Airport was hit by mortar fire from the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons.
On February 17, 2016, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons attacked military buses in Ankara killing 28 Turkish military personnel and 1 civilian.
The group claimed responsibility two days later, on 19 of February.
On March 13, 2016, a car bombing in the Kizilay district of Ankara killed 37 and injured more than 120 others. TAK claimed responsibility for the attack on March 17.
On April 27, 2016, a suicide bomber blew herself up in the northwestern city of Bursa leaving thirteen people wounded. TAK claimed responsibility for the Bursa attack on May 1, 2016.
On June 7, 2016, a bomb targeting a police bus in Istanbul detonated, killing seven police officers and four civilians. TAK claimed responsibility for the bomb, warning tourists that Turkey wouldn't be a safe destination any longer.
On October 10, 2016, a car bombing in Şemdinli killed at least 18 people and injured 27 others. Eight of the victims were Turkish soldiers, while the rest were civilians.
On November 4,2016 TAK carried out a suicide bombing in Diyarbakir,resulting in killing of at least 8 people including 2 police officers in addition to wounding more than 100 people.
On December 10, 2016, a car bombing and a suicide bomber in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul killed 38 people, of which 30 were police officers, and injured at least 160 others. TAK claimed responsibility for the attack the day after.
o líder, neste momento preso. Abdullah Öcalan.
more here, if the above was not enough.
document on wikileaks:
PKK FUNDING: OPERATIONS AND METHODS
Key Objectives and Sources of Revenue:
PKK Budget Estimated at $86 Billion.
PKK’s objective is to create international pressure and antipathy against Turkey.
PKK uses heroin production and trafficking to support its acts of terror (1996 INCS).
Engaged in drug trafficking and money laundering activities and is well-established in the production of almost all kinds of opium products and their smuggling. Other sources of revenue of the PKK as extortion, robbery and counterfeiting.
The revenues used for purchasing firearms, munitions and other equipment used by the terrorists.
Narcotics smuggling therefore constitutes a major part of the PKK's financial apparatus, alongside extortion, blackmailing, robbery, arms smuggling and illicit labor trafficking.
The revenues gained from illicit drug dealings and marketing are channeled to funding its arms purchases, which is required to sustain its terrorist activities.
Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, as head of the Russian External Intelligence Service (SVR), has long been a PKK supporter, and once persuaded Saddam Hussein to allow the PKK to use Iraqi territory.] (American Foreign Policy Council 1996)
Danielle Mitterand, the radical widow of the former French president, from addressing Ocalan as "Dear President Ocalan" in a 1998 letter, which ended "[R]est assured, Abdullah, that I am committed to be beside you in the bid for peace. Sincerely yours, Danielle Mitterand."
As Ocalan's [founder of PKK] attempts to find political asylum in 1998 and early 1999 proved, he also enjoyed the support of leftist parties in Italy, France, and Greece. The most insidious, if not necessarily surprising, support came from Germany's and Italy's Marxist terrorists, which supported and occasionally even joined in PKK combat operations.
The PKK long received covert support from the KGB for guerrilla and
terrorist attacks against Turkey.
The group receives safe haven and aid from Syria, Iraq and Iran
and has turned to urban terrorism in the past few years, according to
the State Department.
U.S. intelligence has uncovered evidence linking the Greek government to covert training for an international terrorist group that until recently operated on a Greek island, according to CIA sources. (Washington Times September 10, 1996).
State Department terrorism report, issued in April (1996), said Greece
denied Turkish charges that the PKK conducted training in Greece denied Turksh charges that the PKK conducted training in Greece and received aid from the Athens government.
Still not clear if Greece is supporting the PKK at present.
MED-TV: a satellite television channel that operated first under a British license from London and later from Brussels.
Although it ostensibly existed to promote Kurdish culture, the channel was such a blatant propaganda outlet for the PKK (at a cost of some $200 million per year) that it was eventually expelled from Britain and later lost its operating license in Belgium as well.
Public relations proved so adept at generating money that European assessments generally placed its annual income at between $200 and $500 million in the mid-1990s.
Income came from two major sources in Europe:
West European Kurdish militants among the emigre population, especially in Germany.
In 1997 Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior estimated the number of PKK sympathizers in the country at 11,000, and claimed that the PKK possessed an ability to mobilize "tens of thousands" among the 500,000 resident Kurds. The German government further stated that the PKK collected millions of marks at its annual fundraising events, including 20 million marks in 1996-97.
The more important source of funds has been criminal activity, especially in Germany, Switzerland, France, Scandinavia, and the Benelux countries.
The PKK is actively involved in all phases of narcotics trafficking, from the producing and processing of the drugs to their smuggling and marketing.
It is stated that the PKK is engaged in producing, refining and marketing of drugs and has contacts in numerous countries.
PKK's involvement in narcotics trafficking through Turkey, reiterates that the PKK not only uses "taxes" extracted from narcotics traffickers and refiners to finance its operations, but "may be more directly involved in transporting and marketing narcotics in Europe" as well (INCS 1998).
The PKK's "turnover" from drug trafficking is estimated at "millions of US dollars".
Narcotics trafficking has entered Parisian suburbs thanks to the PKK, is responsible for 10 to 80 percent of the heroin smuggled to Paris.
Interpol, British NCIS and the national police agencies of the EU member states, notes that the narcotics route that runs through Turkey to the Balkans and western Europe benefits the "separatist" organizations of Turkish/Kurdish origin and the PKK militants and their intermediaries.
The "Balkan route" and emphasizes that the terrorist organization has started using Romania and Moldavia, positioned along this route, as its rearward bases.
ERNK business group in Romania, called the Association of Eastern Businessmen, is an excellent cover for the illicit activities of the PKK which has tight control over the drug deals as the local PKK leader also heads the ERNK.
Drugs are sent to Europe by sea from the Libyan El Abde Mina Harbour, controlled by Syria, and another drug smuggling route goes through Turkey. The PKK organization gains $300-400 million yearly from drug smuggling.
Germany’s chief prosecutor asserted that 80 percent of narcotics seized in Europe have been linked to the PKK or “other Turkish groups,” which then have used the profits from illegal narcotics to purchase arms.
Narcotics smuggling activities of several Kurdish clans based in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain and thought to have ties with the PKK.
Organized crimes: drug trafficking and arms smuggling, extortion, human smuggling, abduction of children and money laundering in an attempt to recruit militants and to obtain financial resources needed to carry out its terrorist activities.
"Sputnik Operation" conducted in a coordinated fashion in some European countries in September 1996 exposed PKK’s links with organized crime and money laundering activities.
Faysal Dunlayici, code name Kani Yilmaz, so-called representative of the separatist terrorist PKK organization to Europe was taken under custody by Belgian gendermarie special units.
A research commission was established under the leadership of Jeroen Burm, Belgian Interrogation Judge, after ''Spoutnik Operation'' and this commission carried out an investigation related with the illegal money collection and money laundering of the separatist terrorist organization.
The British weekly magazine "The Spectator" underlined this fact in its 28 November-5 December 1998 issue by saying that "…According to the British security services sources the PKK is responsible for 40 percent of the heroin sold in the European Union…" .
PKK gets some profit from a sophisticated people-smuggling network that transports refugees from northern Iraq to Italy.
Transfer of Funds and Banking:
According to anecdotal evidence, the PKK supplied arms to other Kurdish terrorist groups and to the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka.
Banks in Belgium, Cyprus, Jersey, and Switzerland provide privacy for PKK funds; monetary transactions are done through the hawala system or by cash couriers.
PKK cooperation with Kurdish criminal clans has been similar to the cooperation among Sicilian mafia families.
The PKK is a multilevel business organization that is involved in all phases of the narcotics trade, from production to retail distribution.
First Phase: laboratory production from a morphine base, usually obtained from Pakistan;
Final phase: sale on the street in Europe through pushers employed by the organization.
The PKK is known to operate laboratories in Turkey and northern Iraq.
Distribution networks also are used to sell ready-made heroin, morphine base, cannabis, and anhydride acid, a raw material imported into Turkey from Germany for heroin production.
Besides trafficking done by individual cells to support their operations, the PKK also “taxes” ethnic Kurdish drug traffickers in Western Europe.
The PKK receives a proportion of its funding in the form of private donations, from both organisations and individuals from around the world.
Some of these supporters are Kurdish businessmen in south-eastern Turkey, sympathisers in Syria and Iran, and Europe.
Parties and concerts are organized by branch groups.
Additionally, it is believed that the PKK earns money through the sale of various publications, as well as receiving revenues from legitimate businesses owned by the organization.
During 1990s, Iran has provided PKK with supplies in the form of weapons and funds.
Greek army general Dimitris Matafias has paid numerous visits and offered assistance.
As of March 1999, allegedly, Greece had supplied PKK with 20,000 AK-47's and 30 Stinger missiles.
Greek Cyprus also supported PKK by allowing its leaders to travel freely by providing them with passports. Abdullah Öcalan, the founder of PKK, has been caught with a Cypriot passport to the name of Mavros Lazaros.
These could be potentially true seeing that Greece was accused of sponsoring the PKK in Greece for training during the 1990s.
The March 1997 issue of "The Geopolitical Drug Dispatch," a monthly report prepared by the " Observatoire Geopolitique Des Drogues.”
International Narcotics Control Strategy (INCS)
Dr. François Haut of the Paris Institute of Criminology in Brussels on 25 April 1997.
UN International Drug Control Program (UNDCP) in Beirut from 29 June to 3 July 1998, noted that "there were clear linkages between some narco-terrorist organizations, for example, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and other organized transnational criminal groups."
"Political Violence and Narco-Trafficking", a booklet published by the Paris Institute of Criminology in October 1996, PKK's narcotics network and its functioning are detailed.
1995 report prepared by the Drug Enforcement Agency of the US Department of Justice.
THE NEXUS AMONG TERRORISTS, NARCOTICS TRAFFICKERS, WEAPONS PROLIFERATORS, AND ORGANIZED CRIME NETWORKS IN WESTERN EUROPE: A Study Prepared by the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress under an Interagency Agreement with the United States Government December 2002
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE PKK By Michael Radu Source: Orbis, Winter2001, Vol. 45 Issue 1, p47, 17p http://www.oranim.ac.il/courses/meast/extra/RISE%20AND%20FALL%20THE%20PKK.htm
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