1 May “Day of Unity, Struggle and Solidarity of the Working Class”
Call to workers and labourers in Paris for solidarity with Eda Deniz Haydaroğlu in Germany
On 1 May 1886, 400,000 workers took to the streets in Chicago,
USA, for an 8-hour working day. This led to the Haymarket
massacre on 4 May 1886.
August Spies, one of the labour leaders, said the following
words to the crowd gathered in Chicago Haymarket Square:
“Humanity cannot live forever like a herd of cattle…”
August Spies’ voice was heard. The Second International
convened in Paris in 1889 and decided to recognise 1 May as
the “Day of Unity, Struggle and Solidarity of the Working Class” all over the world. We can say that Paris is the birthplace of 1 May.
Therefore, Paris is a very appropriate place for us to call for solidarity on 1 May in 2023.
Eda Deniz Haydaroğlu, 22 years old, has been on hunger strike since 18 March, the Day of Political
Prisoners. She is calling for solidarity from Berlin to Paris.
Today, on 1 May, she is on the 46th day of her hunger strike.
Our rights as workers and labourers are being usurped everywhere. The French know what we are
talking about, because most recently Macron raised the retirement age from 62 to 64 by decree.
We revolutionaries do not submit to injustice and oppression. That is why we are imprisoned.
Imperialism’s only weapon against us:
ANTI-TERROR LAWS USED TO SILENCE THE STRUGGLE:
On 11 September 2001, the attack on the USA resulted in the most basic rights and freedoms and
democratic rights being taken away in an unprecedented way all over the world, and especially in imperialist countries.
Sometimes imperialism does not feel the need to make any legal pretence. As in the case of George
Ibrahim Abdallah, where all laws in France were broken in order to continue to hold him, as he should have been released long ago.
But where it bothers with legal games, anti-terror laws are the cover behind which it hides its lawlessness.
The Patriot Act in the USA
UK Terrorism Act 2000
Italy’s 41bis law, which we recently learnt about thanks to Alfredo Cospito’s 180-day hunger strike
The 129 a+b laws in Germany.
With the anti-terror laws, many legal principles are being trampled on.
The presumption of innocence, the right to remain silent, the principle of legality of offence and
punishment, the principle of individuality of offence and punishment, etc. are ignored.
Article 129 in Germany was introduced by Otto von Bismarck.
After the 11 September attacks, a “b” was added to Article 129. 129b was introduced for “foreign terrorists”. 129b is a very flexible law. This is why people can be prosecuted and sentenced for very democratic actions such as “having a picnic, organising a concert, attending a demonstration, all of which
are our constitutional rights.
129b is a very arbitrary law. It authorises the German court, the German judge, to judge things that
happen outside Germany. For example, it is possible to be indicted in Germany for an “action” in
Turkey. For this it is enough to set foot on German soil. A German judge is thus authorised to pass
judgment on the struggle in Turkey. Obviously, this is in reality support for the fascist state in Turkey
through the courts.
Another illegality of Law 129b is that it overrides the separation of powers. Because the Ministry of
the Interior decides against whom a 129b investigation should be opened.
Eda Deniz Haydaroğlu is on hunger strike for the abolition of the unlawful 129a+b law.Eda Deniz Haydaroğlu also requests the lifting of the pre-trial detention of Özgül
Emre, İhsan Cibelik and Serkan Küpeli, who were arrested in May
2022 under Law 129b, and Hasan Unutan, who was arrested in
February 2023.Their trial is expected to begin soon. All four are being tried for purely democratic activities.
Carrying a coffin at a funeral, wearing a ring at an engagement, organising a summer camp,
organising a children’s choir, organising Grup Yorum concerts…
Eda Deniz Haydaroğlu is on an unlimited hunger strike to draw attention to this unlawfulness.
1 May is a day of solidarity and unity.
That is why we call on you to support Eda Deniz Haydaroğlu,
especially on 1 May.
What can you do?
+++ You can phone or write an e-mail to the German Ministry of
+49-30 18 580-0
You can join the Twitter action on ++05 May: #129hungerstrike
++ You can publish news on your social media accounts or web pages,
you can make Eda’s voice heard.
+++ Interview with Eda Deniz Haydaroğlu… you can reach her through us.
Let’s unite, fight and win against injustice and oppression.