The demolished Roboski Monument, Diyarbakir 2/8/2017

On 28th December 2011, turkish F 16 jets knowingly rained 4 tons of bombs on 34 kurdish civilians in Sirnak, Uludere; a mainly kurdish region in the south of Turkey. 18 of the victims were children, all of them were under the age of 35. The authorities claimed to have struck armed PKK militant‘s, but later admitted that civilians, smuggling cigarettes and oil, were hit after entering Turkey from Iraq. Independent investigations revealed that soldiers based in that region knew that the people present at the scene were civilians. This makes the attack on civilians evidently premeditated. The bodies of the victims were left to be collected by their family members. The AKP-Regime has not apologised, nor shown any remorse. The incident hasn‘t been investigated transparently and until today the perpetrators are not held accountable for this state sponsored crime. While government authorities were trying to silence the victims families with bribes and threats, the attack sparked week-long clashes between protesters and police in the predominantly kurdish province. To stop the families from publicly claiming their rights, the turkish state filed several lawsuits against the victims, accusing them to be close to the PKK. 2 members of the victims families, who are also HDP members of Parliament and chairmen of the Roboski DER association, were arrested and taken into custody. In 2013 a memorial was erected in Diyarbakir, the biggest Kurdish-majority city in southeast Turkey, to commemorate the 34 victims of the Roboski massacre. On October 25, 2016, Gultan Kisanak, the mayor of Diyarbakir, who also addressed the Roboski massacre in parliament, was taken into detention for interfering with the PKK. Instead, a Regime allegiant municipality has been implemented. These Turkish officials initiated the destruction of the Roboski Memorial. On 8th of January, Police officers accompanied by construction vehicles entered Rojava Park and reduced the bronze sculpture to its concrete foundation. All demonstrations against this grave injustice have been violently broken up. This is symptomatic for a policy of genocide against the kurdish population by the Turkish state since its formation in 1923. Destroying cultural heritage and monuments of remembrance is an act of intimidation and terror to an extend where commemorative culture and grief as well as joy is impossible, and is therefore to be seen as a violation of the universal declaration of human rights by the United Nations General Assembly.