Posted by: hevallo | February 16, 2011

>Mustafa Malcok. Young Kurdish Man Who Sacrificed His Life for Kurdish Cause!


Mustafa’s body was found burnt beside the Tigris River just outside Diyarbakir. Beside his body was found a note explaining that he had killed himself by setting himself on fire to shine a light on the Kurdish issue.

The following article has been taken straight of the pages of Kurdish info:

Kurdish Info 16.02.2011- Mustafa Malçok, a seventeen year old high school student, set himself on fire in Diyarbakýr in protest at Öcalan’s capture which took place on February 15, 1999. A burned body was found near Tigris River in Diyarbakir. A note next to the totally burned body explained the identity of the corpse and also the reason he had set himself on fire.
“Burning bodies will lighten the darkness of February 15th” says the note referring to the date when Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan was captured in Kenya.

His family took their son’s body and it will be buried tomorrow morning in Akalin (Suleymana) Village in Egil, district of Diyarbakir. A huge crowd wanted to pay their respects to the dead Kurdish boy. Many Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) executives will also take part in the funeral.

It was reported that there a condolences book will be opened in Diyarbakir for people to pay their respects to his family.

In addition Amed (Diyarbakir) People Initiative declared three days of mourning in the city.

Seventeen-year-old high school student, Mustafa Malkoç, was one of child victims of Turkish Penal Code (TMK) that allows children to be tried and sentenced with heavy imprisonment like adults. The TMK was used against Kurdish children who throw stone at police officers in protests defending their Kurdish identity.

He was also one of subjects of a research about TMK’s child victims. He was taken into custody from his school in Diyarbakır two years ago. He served in prison for two and a half months in Diyarbakır E Type prison.

Reporter Esra Çifti asked his feelings as part of her research. The young Kurdish boy’s answers illustrate the horrible history of how official power would intimidate the average children and resort to incredible methods to make them renounce the struggle for their identity.

He had been taken into custody from his school two times in 45 days. Second one ended in prison. An anti-terror team took him instead of the children police. He was interrogated at the Anti-Terror Department and severely beaten ‘as if taking revenge’ on him.

His days in prison taught him lots of things about life. He saw many of the same age who suffered psychological scars because of the long term torture and imprisonment. Without parents and their affectionate care, children were like in a hell.

But still, according to Malkoç’s words, police, state and government were scaring from them. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be needing to behave in such horrible ways against a group of children.

Political prisoner, Murat Aktaş, set himself on fire in the Midyat M Type Prison to protest anniversary of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan on February 15, 1999 in Kenya. Aktaş was immediately taken to the Midyat State Hospital by prison officers. He has no life-critical condition, reported doctors.


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