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Perincek: "I am the architect of the struggle against the Mafia-Gladio dictatorship"

HDN | 11/26/1996 12:00:00 AM |

By Zeki Ayik / Turkish Daily News ISTANBUL- Dogu Perincek, better known to the public as the man who first raised the alarm about the state-mafia links by publicizing a secret service report before a road accident dramatically exposed them than as a left-wing politician, boasts that his minuscule Workers' Party (IP) has come to assume the role of the main opposition party. Addressing the delegates at a Eurasian Option conference which brought together socialist and communist leaders in the region,

By Zeki Ayik / Turkish Daily News

ISTANBUL- Dogu Perincek, better known to the public as the man who first raised the alarm about the state-mafia links by publicizing a secret service report before a road accident dramatically exposed them than as a left-wing politician, boasts that his minuscule Workers' Party (IP) has come to assume the role of the main opposition party.

Addressing the delegates at a Eurasian Option conference which brought together socialist and communist leaders in the region, Perincek accused "foreign forces" of preventing the Turkish left from being united.Two strategies

The TDN interviewed Perincek during the lunch break of the Eurasian Conference organized by the IP.

Perincek said that the real opposition in Turkey was being carried out by the IP through its revelations of National Intelligence Service (MIT) reports and continued: "It was our struggle that toppled the former Minister of the Interior, Mehmet Agar; similarly, our struggle will topple Tansu Ciller."

Claiming that the source of all the news on Turkey by the Turkish and foreign press was himself and his party, Perincek said: "I am the architect of the struggle against the Mafia and Gladio dictatorship."

Perincek said that he and his party had established the "main contradiction" in Turkey correctly: "Two strategies emerged against the present state power; the first one of these is that which the Democratic Left Party (DSP) and the Motherland Party (ANAP) are pursuing. This strategy is summed up in offering their hands to Ciller and saying `come on dear Ciller, let's form a coalition together.' They tried to destroy the Refahyol (Welfare Party-True Path Party) coalition by allying themselves with Ciller.

"However, this government can only be toppled by hitting Ciller, and this is what we are doing. This is the second strategy. This government can be toppled by hitting the Ciller-Agar couple and their gangs. Ciller and Agar are the station chiefs of America. Even ANAP realized this fact recently and began attacking Ciller. Therefore, the policies of the main opposition are determined by our party. Opposition parties began to follow the path that the Workers Party had proposed for taking Ciller to the Supreme Council," he said."Kocadag is the `French connection' of drug trafficking"

Perincek made an interesting new claim during the interview and said that the police chief Huseyin Kocadag, one of the victims of the Susurluk road accident, was the "French connection" of the drug trafficking into Turkey from Syria. According to Perincek, the distribution of drugs which enter Turkey from Syria is organized by the MIT and CIA through "undertaking companies.""IP paralyzed the MIT"

Perincek was one of the only person who talked about secret organizations within the state before the road accident at Susurluk. While the road accident vindicated Perincek's claims, it has become a subject of interest as to where from and how such information had reached to him.

When we asked this, Perincek replied that he had begun his struggle 25 years ago.

"We discovered the Gladio and the Counter-guerilla operations in the 1970s," he said. "There are hundreds of files of information in our hands. No other party can tackle these problems. The flow of information is from the underworld to the daylight. We are the light. This is why this information finds us. Other left wing parties have relations with the mafia or they have been in coalition with Ciller. Would the information about Ciller go to the ANAP or CHP? This is why the information eventually finds us. None of the other parties is courageous enough to pursue this struggle. The IP has never been involved in any dirt; we are the castle of morals. The famous MOSSAD, CIA and MIT agent, Hirram Abbas, said before his death that the IP had paralyzed the MIT."

In a country where many investigative journalists are killed following their revelations, how could Perincek reveal these claims in a report to the press and yet survive without any threats to his life? This is another dimension of the question marks emerging around the IP leader.

Perincek replied with his usual scepticism claiming that the MIT made us ask this question, and said: "Leaders of revolution never die. I am neither Ugur Mumcu nor Abdi Ipekci. They were valuable journalists without protection, and they became targets because of revelations they made on Turkey. It is easy to murder a writer in his car. But I am a party leader. It is not easy to kill me. But there have been attempts on my life too."

Perincek said that he does not find it right that the MIT leaks information to the press from time to time because of its inner conflicts and that the MIT should deliver information to the President, Grand National Assembly and the Supreme Court Prosecution Office. He said that there were new files in MIT's hands on Tansu Ciller and Mehmet Agar, and called on the intelligence service to hand over these reports immediately to the relevant offices."Foreign forces are playing games"

Perincek claimed that two main currents are causing the fragmentation of the left in Turkey, one of which is the IP and the other is the rest of the left who are organized around the axis of the Kurdish question. Other left parties, according to Perincek, are neo-liberal parties with a weak character.

"These parties defend the world order at the economic, cultural and political levels. The largest representative of this current are the Freedom and Democracy Party (ODP) and the second the republicans. They say that foreigners should intervene in Turkey'sto solve the Kurdish problem. If you notice, they hold joint conferences with the advocates of Sharia in Diyarbakir and Istanbul in order to solve the Kurdish problem. It is impossible for this sector of the left to unite with workers."

Perincek called on left wing parties to unite and said that the left was being divided. He then said that foreigners were playing games with Turkey and continued: "The key question here is to ensure that Turkey performs as America's intervention force in the territories of crises. This is the mission that is trying to be loaded on Turkey."Who is Perincek?

Dogu Perincek was born on January 17, 1942 in Gaziantep. His father, Sadik Perincek, was a prosecutor who worked as the deputy Chief Prosecutor of the Supreme Court and was a parliamentary deputy of the Justice Party (AP), the predecessor of the True Path Party (DYP). Perincek studied at Ankara Ataturk Lycee and Bahcelievler Deneme Lycee and went to the Faculty of Law in Ankara. In his university years, Perincek was sent to Germany and studied German language at the Goethe Institute. Perincek graduated in 1964, and became an assistant lecturer in the Public Law department.

Perincek then prepared his doctoral dissertation for the Otto Surh Institute, Germany, and became a doctor of law.

Perincek developed an interest in socialism in the 1960s and worked on the magazine Donusum, published by the Turkish Workers Party (TIP). Perincek says he made his studies of socialism "through the synthesis of my studies of history and politics and dialectic materialism, I found the best version of scientific socialism."

In 1968, Perincek entered the Federation of Thought Clubs set up by left wing students and since then has remained in active politics.

However, with the 1980 military coup, Perincek was distanced from politics. In 1990, with the issue of the Law of Censorship and Exile, Perincek was arrested and put in Diyarbakir Prison.

In 1991, Perincek became the leader of the Socialist Party which he founded. Upon the closure of the Socialist Party in 1992, Perincek founded the Workers' Party (IP).

Perincek has married twice and has four children. There are many books in print both written or translated by him. Some of these are: "The Regime of Inner Order and Restriction of Political Parties in Turkey," "The Cyprus Question," "Grey Wolf Legends and Reality," "Kemalist Revolution," "The Sources of Anarchy and Revolutionary Politics," and "The Turkish Question, Religion and God."

In addition, Perincek has translated a number of works, including Antonio Carlo's "Socioeconomic Structure of the Soviet Union," and Jack Kuron's "Monopolistic Bureaucratic Socialism."

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