ANKARA - 308 intellectuals consisting of academics, journalists, writers and actors called on the opposition to stand up against Turkey’s occupation operations against North and East Syria.
In a written statement, 308 intellectuals asked the Turkish opposition "not to be a party to this crime", calling attention to the invasion attacks in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).
“It is claimed that a Turkish military operation against North and East Syria /Rojava is only a matter of time. There is no justification for this operation/war. The claim that ‘the enemy threatens our country from Syria’ is just an excuse fabricated by the ruling AKP-MHP coalition. There are only people over there, who are struggling to defend their occupied lands, peoples, assets and order and suffering great pain and destruction,” the statement said.
'GOVERNMENT WAGES A WAR FOR ITS OWN INTEREST'
“No one has any interest in this war except the government partners. Apart from our children who are martyred not for the sake of the country but for that of the government, and our young people who are forced to fight, die and kill in foreign lands, all of the people of Turkey will suffer from this war. Huge expenditures on war and weaponry worsen the economic conditions of 84 million people in our country, where citizens struggle to survive amid great difficulties. Moreover, war expenditures take our future hostage and dash hopes. Our children die and their future is hijacked.
'RAISE YOUR VOICE'
We have not heard a strong voice or a 'NO' from the opposition until today. If you do not raise your voice against the belligerent government, you will be a partner in the crimes against humanity as well as our country and our people. Do not be a party to any crime of this government, especially to war. Maybe you are afraid of being accused as a traitor, terrorist, PKK supporter, etc. or maybe you are afraid of losing votes. We request you to abandon your silence which only gives countenance to the Erdogan-Bahceli alliance and we also expect you to show the courage to say NO to the war in Syria and Iraq loudly, openly and clearly,” the statement said.
LIST OF SIGNATORIES
The names that signed the statement are as follows:
"A. Haluk Ünal, A. Tuncer Sümer, Abdo Yılmaz, Abdulğafur Doğru, Abdulhakim Daş, Abdulkerim Yakut, Abdullah Demirbaş, Abdülbaki Erdoğmuş, Adnan Gündoğan, Adnan Gürcan, Adnan Şanlı, Ahmet Aykaç, Ahmet Dumlu, Ahmet İnsel, Ahmet Kırım, Ahmet Tüzün, Ahmet Yıldırım, Akın Evren, Aksel Agan, Alaattin Yüksel, Alev Er, Ali Bilen, Ali Haydar Konca, Arif Mardin, Armağan Özel, Asiye Kolçak, Aslan Demir, Aslı Erdoğan, Asuman Bayrak, Atilla Keskin, Attila Durak, Ayetullah Aşiti, Ayhan Ergenç, Aysun Höbek, Ayşe Erzan, Ayşe Öncü, Ayşe Özen, Ayşe Sözeri Cemal, Ayşegül Devecioğlu, Ayşen Şahin, Ayten Gümüşel, Bahadır Altan, Baise Pirim, Banu Can, Barbaros Şansal, Barış Ulus, Baskın Oran, Beral Madra, Bilal Şadi Oğuz, Binnaz Toprak, Bumin Güneri, Bülend Tuna, Bülent Atamer, Bülent Bilmez, Bülent Erdem, Bülent Tekin, Cabbar Barış, Cahit Mete, Can Dündar, Cavit Kutaniş, Celal Temel, Cemal Satı, Cengiz Arın, Cihangir Balka, Cuma Çoşan, Çağlayan Üçpınar, Çetin Ali Nergis, Çetin Yılmaz, Dilşa Deniz, Doğan Özgüden, Doğan Özkan, Dursun Bulut, Elif Aytaç, Emine Uşaklıgil, Emre Kutlu, Emsal Orhan, Ender Seren, Enes Atila Pay, Erdal Karayazgan, Erdoğan Aydın, Erdoğan Bayram, Erdoğan Kahyaoğlu, Erol Özkoray, Esra Koç, Esra Mungan, Fatma Akdokur, Fatma Aytaç, Fatma Bostan Ünsal, Fatma Gök, Fatma Mefkure Budak, Faysal Sarıyıldız, Fehim Işık, Fehmi Tek, Ferhat Tunç, Fethiye Çetin, Fevzi Kömürcü, Feyha Karslı, Filiz Kardam, Firdevs Nazan Eroğlu, Fügen Kanadıkırık, Füsun Kaya, Gaye Boralıoğlu, Gençay Gürsoy, Gönül Ertör, Gülayşe Koçak, Gülden Önal, Gülnur Acar Savran, Gülnur Yılmaz , Gülser Kayır, Gürhan Ertür, Güven Yılmaz, Habib Bektaş, Hacer Ansal, Hacer Eren, Hadi Cin, Hakim Tokmak, Halil Aksoy, Halil Ergün, Halil İbrahim Yenigün, Halis Ertaş, Hamiyet Akkaya, Hanife Yüksel, Harun Toptan, Hasan Cemal, Hasan Ergül, Hasan Fehmi Nemli, Hasip Kaplan, Hayri İnönü, Hikmet Savaş Ektirici, Hüseyin Demirton, Hüseyin Yılmaz, Hüsnü Okçuoğlu, İbrahim Mutlu, İbrahim Yön, İhsan Direk, İlhan Çelik, İlter Sayın, İnci Tuğsavul, İshak Kocabıyık, İsmail Budak, İsmail Duygulu, İsmail Gönen, İsmet Hüsrevoğlu, Jini Güneş, Kadir Amaç, Kadir Bal, Kahraman Oğuz, Kemal Bilget, Kemal Pekgöz, Kemal Ulaş, Kemal Yüksel, Korkut Akın, Kuvvet Lordoğlu, Lale Mansur, Latif Şimşek, Lezgin Botan, Lütfiye Bozdağ, M. Emin Eren, M. İhsan Çevik, M. Kemal Parlak, M. Sait Yıldırım, M. Şirin Özel, Mahinur Şahbaz, Mazhar Zümrüt, Mehmet Ali Çoşkun, Mehmet Altun, Mehmet Aslan, Mehmet Hanifi Yangın, Mehmet Kuzu, Mehmet Naci Sürmeli, Mehmet Parlak, Mehmet Uğur, Mehmet Yücel, Melek Erman Köni, Melek Taylan, Melsa Ararat, Menderes İnanç, Meryem Koray, Metin Çakan, Metin V. Bayrak, Mevlut Ülgen, Mihail Vasiliadis, Mukaddes Çelik, Murat Çelikkan, Murat Utku, Murathan Mungan, Mustafa O. Sinemillioğlu, Mübetcel İlhan, Münir Korkmaz, N. Süleyman Özyalçın, Nafiz Özbek, Nazar Büyüm, Nazmi Algan, Nazmi Paylaşmış, Nebahat Akın, Necip Alişan Bekiranlı, Necmiye Alpay, Nefise Bazoğlu, Nergiz Ovacık, Nesrin Aslan, Nesrin Nas, Nesteren Davutoğlu, Neşe Erdilek, Nevzat Onaran, Nihat Bulut, Nihat Şahbaz, Nil Mutluer, Nilgün Doğançay, Nilgün Yurdalan, Nizamettin Acar, Nur Çiğdem Tezel, Nur Deriş, Nur Sürer, Nuray Tekin, Nurcan Baysal, Nurdan Şahin, Olcay Şimşek, Orhan Alkaya, Orhan Doğançay, Orhan Silier, Osman Kırımlı, Osman Okkan, Oya Akıncı, Oya Baydar, Oya Berk, Ömer Akat, Ömer Ceylan, Ömer Madra, Ragıp Zarakolu, Rahmi Yıldırım, Rakel Dink, Refet Ali Yalçın,Resul Sever, Reşo Son, Reyan Tuvi, Rıza Türmen, Ruhi Örmeci, Saadet Becerikli , Saadet Erkuş, Sabahat Yavuz, Sabahattin Diril, Saime Erkal, Sait Atalay, Salih Zeki Tombak, Salman Kaya, Savaş Erdoğan, Selahatttin Karavul, Sema Bulutsuz, Sema Gülez, Semir Özmen, Semra Eker, Semra Somersan, Sena Kaleli, Serdar Arat, Serdar Keskin, Serdar M. Değirmencioğlu, Serhat Bucak, Servet Demir, Sevgi Binbir, Sevil Peach, Sevim Cengizkan, Shleymun Rhawi, Sibel Yiğitalp, Suat Bozkuş, Suavi, Sultan Tekinarslan, Süleyman Eryılmaz, Süleyman Karataş, Şahika Yüksel, Şanar Yurdatapan, Şebnem Ungan, Şefika Gürbüz, Şenay Feyzioğlu, Şengün Kılıç, Şeref Yıldız, Şükrü Aslan, Şükrü Turhal, Tacettin Demir, Tahsin Yeşildere, Talat Kırış, Tarık Kayakan, Temel İskit, Toros Korkmaz, Tuna Altınel, Türkan Kentel, Ufuk Daşcan, Umut Anıl Özdoğan, Ülkü Schneider-Gürkan, Ümit Aktaş, Ümit Özdemir, Ünal Karasu, Vehbi Müjdecioğlu, Veysi Tokmak, Viki Çiprut, Yalçın Ergündoğan, Yaprak Zihnioğlu, Yasemin Bektaş, Yavuz Okçuoğlu, Yıldız Tekgönül, Zehra Kabasakal Arat, Zehra Şenoğuz, Zeki Oğuz, Zeki Uzun, Zekiye Güzin Tümer, Zeliha Karınca, Zeynep Atikkan, Zeynep Selimoğlu Akıncı, Ziya Halis."