Saturday, December 15, 2012

Press release from Nazim Hikmet Cultural Center regarding Orhan Pamuk's recent letter

To the attention of the peoples of the world,
Nobel laureate author Orhan Pamuk, who is acting as the “vanguard commander” of the occupation forces, does not represent the intellectuals of Turkey.
A letter to Bashar al-Assad, the current President of Syria, was published this week in French newspaper, Liberation. In addition to five other renowned authors from Italy, Algeria, Israel, Germany and France, one of the signatories of the letter was the Turkish author Orhan Pamuk. The authors call on Assad to resign and leave Syria; otherwise he would end up dead like Gaddafi. The letter, which is redolent of threats and blackmailing, sarcastically includes a recommendation for Assad “to settle in Algeria” as well.
Publishing of this letter is a huge source of embarrassment in terms of the responsibility that intellectuals should have at this critical period when all of Middle East including our country is being threatened by imperialist occupation and when hundreds of thousands of innocent people are being murdered in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Syria by imperialism.
The responsibility of an intellectual requires him or her to expose the imperialist policies of occupation. Moreover, the responsibility of being an intellectual means not relying on the armed forces of foreign occupants.
The signatories of this letter simply call on imperialist centers to occupy a country. These authors have clearly become tools of NATO.
We declare to the peoples of the world: the letter in question does not represent humanity. The Turkish Nobel laureate author, one of the signatories of the letter published in Liberation, does not represent the intellectuals and public conscience of Turkey. Our people have never taken the side of war and occupation and never will. It is our promise to the peoples of the world. This author, who is trying to be the spearhead of an occupation by holding a pen, will be isolated by the people and intellectuals of our country.
For your attention…
Nazım Hikmet Cultural Center

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