Left-wing youth group blocked from Turkish Parliament, Che Guevara T-shirts seized
Bülent Sarıoğlu – ANKARAA left-wing youth group who wanted to hold a press meeting along with a main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy inside the Turkish Parliament, denouncing the parliament speaker’s recent remarks criticizing Che Guevara, was blocked by police on Aug. 31.
Arriving at parliament as guests of CHP deputy Ali Haydar Hakverdi, the members of the Dev-Lis [Revolutionary High School Students] were prevented by police from making a press statement to denounce Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman’s description of the Cuban revolutionary as a “killer” and a “bandit.”
After being blocked by police, the group led by Hakverdi headed to the parliament building’s press entrance, where they were again prevented by security guards from putting on Che Guevara T-shirts they had brought along with them.
Security guards tried to seize the T-shirts from the group’s members, saying they could not allow such a demonstration inside the parliament. Additional security members were called to the press area to intervene in the dispute and seize the t-shirts.
Following the disruption of the meeting, Hakverdi made a press statement alongside his eight-year-old son who was wearing a Che T-shirt.
“We have grown up with Che. Che is our hero. My son is in second grade and I want to raise him with these values. I want him to have an idea of the people, of those who are oppressed,” he said.
“Those who say ‘Che Guevara is a killer’ should first look at themselves. Leftists, those who love Che, are against unfairness and against rape. But these [who criticize Che] have defended rapists in their own country. They should take a look at themselves and not take Che’s name into their mouths,” Hakverdi added.