Today, the Turkish Cypriot activist, conscientious objector and member of the Executive Board of the Party of the European Left, Murat Kanatli, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for refusing to participate in annual military mandatory exercises in the northern part of Cyprus.
The Executive Board of the Party of the European Left (ELP), met this weekend in Rome and approved a resolution of support and solidarity with the cleaners of the Greek Ministry of Finance who are maintaining a titanic and model struggle for defending their right to employment before the dismissal that will leave them in the street poured out to the misery.
The Executive Board of the Party of the European Left (ELP) has launched this morning, in Rome, a campaign on the right to free and safe abortion which will start on 8th of March in Berlin and will finish on 10th of May in Madrid in an electoral campaign act. The ELP, which has already been supporting the fight of Spanish woman against the reactionary proposal of law of right wing party of Spain limiting abortion right, decided to go further with a European Campaign for a Free and Safe abortion in Europe.
While Greece and Samaras government took at the beginning of the month, the presidency of the European Union, inhumane acts were performed in the waters of the North Aegean Sea. Afghan and Syrian migrants fleeing conflicts that bloodied their countries were repelled by the Greek authorities toward the Turkish coast. The operation - already shameful as such - was carried out with such violence that 12 people, including 9 children, were drowned.
The current crisis in Ukraine, due to the government’s refusal - under the pressure of Russia - to sign the Association Agreement with the EU , requires urgent measures to be taken by both, the government as well as the EU and Russia.
The Party of the European Left condemns the brutal repression ordered by Prime Minister Erdogan after recent massive people demonstration in Taksim square asking government to resign after the big scandal of high corruption affecting government and PM’s party, AKP.
Besides this the religious party of Erdogan is threatening the principles of democracy and pluralistic society and trying to get control of the powers of the country, mainly the justice and the army.
The Party of the European Left, which was in the Gaza Strip last June with a delegation headed by its vice-president Maite Mola, already denounced during their visit the "genocide" that Israel is exercising systematically to finish with the Palestinians siege in the biggest jail of the world, an open air jail surrounded by sea (for the patrol boats of the army) by ground (tanks) and by air with the continuous flight of drones and of F-16.