Two Statements from TKP/ML on the Comrades Martyred in Dersim

The following are English translations of two statements from the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) Liberation Army of the Workers and Peasants of Turkey (TİKKO) Dersim Regional Command and the TKP/ML Abroad Committee, respectively, on the deaths of the Comrades Nubar, Özgür, Rosa and Asmin.

TKP/ML TIKKO DERSIM REGIONAL COMMAND: Their trenches will not be empty, their weapons will not be silent, we will win with them! Comrades Nubar, Özgür, Rosa and Asmin are Immortal!

In these days, when the fascist Turkish state has turned to the total destruction of the Guerrilla War with all its technical, technological and ideological attacks, we sent off four People’s Fighters from the Leader cadres of our Party, the military staff of our war, and the courageous militants of the People’s War to immortality. On September 6-9 and October 1-4, enemy forces heavily bombarded Büyükköy and Hacıbirim countryside in Ovacık with Cobra helicopters, armed UAVs and warplanes. In these attacks, one of our Party’s Leader cadres, our Regional Political Commissar Erol Volkan Ildem (Nubar), our Dersim Regional Commander Ali Kemal Yılmaz (Özgür), one of our unit commanders Fadime Çakıl (Rosa) and People’s Fighter Gökçe Kurban (Asmin), were immortalized.

While the loss of comrades Nubar and Rosa has yet to heal, the loss of comrades Özgür and Asmin, who were in the area for a special mission, doubled our pain, anger and sense of revenge. These losses, which we have suffered as a result of the enemy’s attacks on our guerrilla units in a one-month period with the most advanced technological equipment, numerical superiority and intelligence network, are very heavy, but we declare once again that our comrades’ trenches will be filled with our will to war, our historical experience and our belief in victory.

We are aware that our enemy is tactically strong. We do not underestimate this. However, with the creative tactics of the Guerrilla War, our belief in our strategic line, our Party leading it and our working class and working people, the subjects of the war, we also claim to reverse this. Let our enemy cry of victory with the results it received with the armed UAVs, Helicopters and Warplanes! Let them shout as much as they can, saying “we finished them”, “we are finishing them”! We will pop their bubble! We will throw the declaration “They are done”, “Exhausted” in the garbage of history by taking the revenge of our comrades, striking the enemy, developing the war and getting stronger!


We are going through a difficult process. Both the all-out attacks of the enemy and the liquidator attacks increase this difficulty even more. However, we have the power to confront this challenge. We are not strangers to these losses, and we knew how to walk our path more confidently, binding up our wounds each time. Comrades Nubar and Özgür were among the most concrete examples of this. Their daring and assertion to assume the political and military leadership of our Guerrilla War after our five red carnations (five women martyrs on February 2, 2011) gives us strength. Just as they shoulder responsibility without hesitation after February 2, it is now up to us to undertake this task.

Comrade Nubar (Erol Volkan Ildem) was pondering on the problems of war in the guerrilla field from 2009 until the date he became immortal, and in 2011, undertook the political leadership mission he took over from Comrade Eylem (Sefagül Kesgin). There was no place for pessimism or despair in him. He was able to find a way out even in the most desperate moment, to dispatch his comrades and to undertake a pioneering mission in military matters with his judgment skill. Where he was, there was trust. Where he was, there was enthusiasm. Wherever he was, there was a claim.

Comrade Nubar, who was in a decisive position in the ideological-political-organizational and military formation of the guerrilla area especially after February 2, played a first-degree active role in the defeat and failure of the right-liquidationist attacks against our Party in the guerrilla area, and almost the entire guerrilla area took sides of the party due to him who played a key role with a position in line with the leadership mission. In his own words, the motto “the essential is to reveal the tasks of the class struggle and the revolution and to be equipped to fulfill these tasks” corresponded him all his life.

Comrade Özgür (Ali Kemal Yılmaz) joined the guerrilla from the ranks of Komsomol in 2007. He became a commander in a short time and took his place among the military staff of our war. Comrade Özgür, who was a member of the Dersim Regional Command from 2011 until his immortalization, became the Regional Commander after 2017. He took part in the organization and command of many military actions. He knew how to lead his comrades without losing faith and determination even in the most difficult times. Comrade Özgür, who occupies a great place in the guerrilla with his enthusiasm and joy, also came to the fore with his strong relations with the masses, mobilizing them and organizing them according to the needs of the war.

Comrade Rosa (Fadime Çakıl) joined the guerrilla from the ranks of Komsomol in Dersim in 2013 when she was only 17 years old. Feeling the suffering of the people deeply in her heart, the comrade quickly developed herself militarily and politically, knowing to turn this into hatred for the enemy. Comrade Rosa, who took part in many military practices, assumed the role of Unit Commander from 2016 until her immortalization. After the immortalization of comrades Çiğdem and Nergiz in 2018, she was appointed to the Party Women’s Committee of TİKKO and assumed the leading role in women’s participation in the war.

Comrade Asmin (Gökçe Kurban) joined the guerrilla at the age of 17 from the ranks of Komsomol in Dersim, just like Comrade Rosa. By adapting to guerrilla life in a short time, she quickly developed herself according to the needs of the war. Comrade Asmin, who came to the fore in the struggle for women to become a subject in war, was at the forefront of many military practices with her determination and enthusiasm. Even in the most difficult moments, she managed to keep the hope alive with the liveliness and joy.

Now we took over the daring to devote herself to the fight from the Comrades Asmin and Rosa, who fell into the same ambush with Comrade Şerzan (Hasan Ataş), who became immortal in Ovacık on June 2, 2020. They clashed with the enemy, split the circle, took over Comrade Şerzan’s flag, and took over the duties of the moment more tightly.

Comrades, Friends, Our Working People of Various Nationalities;

In these days, when the attacks of fascism are experienced in their darkest form, and even breathing is turned into a torment, the slogans of the fight of our immortal comrades shouting from the mountains are heralding of a new life by the death.

Now is the time to shout the slogans of our comrades with a louder voice, raise their flag higher, and hand over their weapons to new hands. The process has shown us once again that we have no way but to fight. For this, it is time to strengthen the Guerrilla War, which is the current task of the People’s War, and to turn the “war of survival and resistance” stated in the 1st Congress of our party into strong trenches.

Comrades Nubar, Özgür, Rosa and Asmin are Immortal!

Long Live Our Party TKP/ML, Our People’s Army TİKKO and Our Youth Organization TMLGB!

Long live the People’s War!

Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!

TKP/ML Abroad Committee: The Ovacık Martyrs are the Guarantee of the Victory of the People’s War, the Reason of our Commitment to Struggle!

Immigrant Laborers of Various Nationalities, Comrades,

When our party, TKP/ML, was founded by Communist Leader İbrahim Kaypakkaya in 1972, it took its place in the class struggle with the determination that a communist party in our country cannot survive without armed struggle. Comrade Kaypakkaya showed the will to organize the People’s War, which is the way of the revolution, and determined the compass of the party he founded. Our party, TKP/ML, which has placed the people’s war at its center, has preserved its ideological and political line in the war, despite all the negative conditions in the world, severe ideological attacks, and the conditions in which the class struggle recedes, did not lose its claim to continue the communist cause. The most concrete and visible counterpart of this claim and determination is its four general secretaries, dozens of cadres and hundreds of militants who have been immortalized until now.

Our party has once again suffered heavy losses in a very important historical section, in the line of the People’s War, which was insistently waged by the fascist dictatorship, under the conditions in which the contradictions in the world are sharpening and progressing, in the enormous attack move of the fascist dictatorship. On September 6-9, our CC member Nubar and the People’s Fighter Rosa comrades were immortalized in Ovacık, while on October 1-4, Comrade Özgür, the Dersim region commander and Comrade Asmin, , were immortalized in the same place. Our war line that sustains our party has once again been covered in blood and life, and it is once again engraved in our consciousness that the cause of Communism is a great cause that requires heavy and high costs.

Our party, which has paid a price and continues to pay, continues its struggle without even a break. On every front, our immortalized comrades are the reasons for our greater participation in the struggle, our sharper and clearer stance, to do our work better with greater energy. This requires a firm attachment to our party, a tighter holding on to the ideals of our comrades, and greater loyalty to our war line. We will face the attacks of the fascist dictatorship with this consciousness, and we will grow more and move stronger at the point where they think we are decreasing.

The fascist dictatorship did not hesitate to torture the dead bodies of our martyred comrades while murdering our comrades and cry for victory, and while announcing the names of our comrades to the public, they did not give the bodies of families by requiring a DNA test. This is a familiar and a known method of fascism. This approach, which has been implemented with the aim of preventing the claiming of our martyrs, to block the guerrilla struggle in this way, to make a psychological war blockade and to show power, is in vain and undoubtedly one of our struggle issues. Fascism will attack, know no rules, will commit the heaviest torture, and implement the most reckless and incomprehensible methods. This is their quality, need and natural structure. On the other hand, we will endeavor with a relentless and decisive struggle to eradicate fascism. The more they fulfill their duty, the more our righteousness will be revealed, and the stronger our reasons for holding our fight will be reinforced.

Comrades, it is time to put on the determination of our party, which acted with hold and persistence in the people’s war, and the martyred comrades Nubar, Özgür, Rosa and Asmin. It is on our shoulders to take away our comrades from the enemy and to expose the attacks of fascism against the People’s War to the broadest extent in the international arena and to organize stronger along the lines of our party by making migrant laborers sensitive to the problem. In addition to commemorating and embracing our martyrs in the most massive and broad way, we have a duty to organize a more effective line of struggle against the torture of fascism on the bodies of our comrades. On this axis, it is time to come together with all progressive international and immigrant segments and take stronger action against these attacks of fascism. We have the responsibility to concentrate on this point in every field, to announce our martyrs, to protest fascism constantly and decisively, and to keep this agenda alive and dynamic until we take our martyrs from the enemy. Our organizations must take action against these practices of fascism, lock on our martyrs, and turn their claim into a powerful movement.

Migrant Laborers, Friends,

Migrant laborers, Friends,

We defy the fascism at great cost, with heavy losses, and take vows to demolish it. This claim and determination will continue without stopping, without giving up. All-out attacks of fascism will not be able to extinguish the fire of revolution, which the people need burning, will not exhaust the revolutionary energy of its children, and will not be able to take over its pioneers.

Now we call on everyone to embrace our martyrs, to participate more strongly in the growth and development of the people’s war, to take stronger steps to take our dead bodies, and to grow the struggle that will pull our martyrs out of fascism.

Comrades Nubar, Rosa, Özgür and Asmin are Immortal!

Down With Fascism, Long Live Our Struggle!

Long Live the Victory of the People’s War!

Long Live Our Party TKP/ML, TİKKO, TMLGB!


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