Turkey: Five Communist Fighters Killed in Avalanche

Kasama received the following press release via the Maoist Revolution list. The TKP/ML is the name of one current of the Communist Party of Turkey, Marxist-Leninist. TIKKO is the name of their armed organization within Turkey.  The press release was issued by the TKP/ML-International Relation Office.

This winter, a sudden avalanche came crashing through a Maoist guerrilla encampment in the high mountains of eastern Turkey. It was nighttime, 5 am, and five women fighters were buried.

5 martyrs of TKP/ML-TIKKO die in Dersim

The press statement of the TKP/ML-TIKKO Dersim Region Comittee from April 20th 2011 states that on 2nd February 2011, 5 guerillas of TKP/ML- TIKKO have lost their lives as a result of an avalanche. According to the statement of the Dersim Region; on February 2nd 2011 at 5am an avalanche destroyed the Winter-Camp and killed five female TIKKO guerillas.



1- Sefagul Kesgin, aka Eylem, was born in Erzurum in 1977. She joined the guerilla struggle in 2007. She was the Political . Polit- Lieutenant of the Dersim Region

2- Nursen Aslan, aka Emel, was born in Tokat (along the Black Sea coast) in 1981. She joined the guerrilla struggle in 1999. She was a forward sympathiser of the TKP/ML. She was a commander in the Dersim Region.

3- Gulizar Ozkan, aka Ozlem, was born in 1967 in Dersim. She joined the guerrilla forces in 2005. She was a forward sympathiser of the party. She was a TIKKO commander.

4- Fatma Acar, aka Dilek, was born in 1983 in Mersin. She joined the guerrilla struggle in 2006. She was a forward sympathiser of the TKP/ML and a commander of TIKKO.

5- Derya Aras, aka Sevda, was born in 1979 in Erzincan and joined the guerilla in 2009. She was a forward sympathiser of the TKP/ML and a TIKKO fighter.

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