Showing posts with label Tassos Isaac. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tassos Isaac. Show all posts

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Eighteen years after the murders of Isaac and Solomou

Good documentary marking the 18th anniversary of the murders by the forces and supporters of the Turkish occupation regime in Cyprus of Tassos Isaac and Solomos Solomou.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Who are the men wanted for the killings of Tassos Isaac and Solomos Solomou?

The arrest and (inevitable) release by Kirghiz authorities of Erhan Arikli, wanted on an Interpol warrant for his involvement in the murder of Tassos Isaac, has reminded us not only of the savagery of the 1996 Green Line killings (which included the shooting of Solomos Solomou) but also the nature of the regime in occupied Cyprus, the thugs who created and sustain it.

Arikli’s biography tells us he was born in 1962 in Ardahan, a provincial city (formerly populated by Greeks and Armenians) in northeastern Turkey, close to the Georgian border. Along with his family, Arikli came to Cyprus aged 14 and settled in the occupied Greek village of Lapithos, in the Kyrenia district. At the time of the Isaac murder, Arikli was president in the occupied areas of the student wing of the fanatical pan-Turanian organisation, Turk-Bir. For the last 14 years, he has been living in Kirghizstan, travelling between that Turkic republic, Turkey and occupied Cyprus on a so-called ‘diplomatic passport’ issued by the ‘TRNC’. Arikli’s job in Kirghizstan has been to promote tourism and business opportunities in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus. His brother, Guven Arikli, is a senior member of the occupation regime, acting as director of ‘prime minister’ Irsen Kucuk’s office.

Below are the names and details of the other suspects wanted by Cypriot authorities for the murders of Isaac and Solomou.

In relation to the Isaac lynching, as well as Erhan Arikli, Interpol warrants are outstanding for:
  • Hasim Yilmaz, a Turkish settler, former member of Turkey’s secret service, now running a coffee shop in occupied Kyrenia;
  • Mustafa Ergun, a Turkish settler and ‘police officer’ in the occupation regime;
  • Polat Fikret Koreli, a Turkish Cypriot from Famagusta;
  • Fikret Veli Koreli, a Turkish Cypriot bicycle workshop owner from Famagusta; and
  • Mehmet Mustafa Arslan, a Turkish settler and leader of the ultranationalist Grey Wolves in the Turkish-occupied areas.
As for the shooting of Solomou, the following persons are being sought for the killing:
  • Kenan Akin, at the time of the murder, ‘minister’ for agriculture in the occupation regime;
  • Erdal Emanet, who was head of special services in the occupation regime’s ‘police force;
  • Attila Sav, former chief of ‘police’ in the ‘TRNC’;
  • Lt. Gen. Hasan Kundakci, then head of the Turkish Cypriot ‘armed forces’; and
  • Maj. Gen. Mehmet Karli, former head of the Turkish occupation forces in Cyprus.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Interview with murderer of Solomos Solomou

I wrote earlier this year two posts (here and here) on the murders of Tassos Isaac and Solomos Solomou during anti-occupation rallies in Cyprus in 1996. Above is a recent documentary from Skai TV in Greece on the background to the killings, including an interview with Kenan Akin, who is accused of shooting Solomou. 

Monday, 23 February 2009

Solomou's murderer: 'I'd do it again'

In an interview published Sunday in the Greek newspaper Proto Thema, Kenan Akin, the Turk wanted for the murder of Solomos Solomou during the Dherynia protests in August 1996, expresses no remorse over the killing and says he would do it again.

Akin, who is standing in forthcoming 'parliamentary elections' in occupied Cyprus as a candidate with the Freedom and Reform party, which is part of the coalition 'government' in occupied Cyprus, revealed in the interview that he is regarded as a hero among Turkish Cypriots and said he doesn't understand why so much fuss has been made over the death of 'a dog', as he refers to Solomou.

Above is the report that appeared on RIK news on Sunday (my English subtitles) with comments from President Dimitris Christofias, leader of the House of Representatives Marios Karoyian, and Solomou's father, who draws attention to the fact that the actions of Akin, a settler, with connections to the Turkish secret services and who at the time of the murder was 'minister of agriculture' in the occupation regime, were not those of a lone 'barbarian' – as Christofias rightly calls Akin – but the product of the occupation of northern Cyprus, which is rooted in barbarism and that, every day of its existence, cultivates and justifies barbarism.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

The murders of Tassos Isaac and Solomos Solomou

In my previous post, I mentioned the murders in 1996 of Tassos Isaac and Solomos Solomou, and above are two videos that remind us of the nature of the Turkish occupation of Cyprus and the barbarism of the Turkish state and Turkish nationalism. Isaac was beaten to death by a Turkish mob on 11 August during an anti-occupation protest in the UN buffer zone while, three days later, also in the buffer zone, following Isaac’s funeral, his cousin Solomou was shot to death trying to pull down a Turkish flag.

I’ve provided English subtitles for the second video, even though some of the commentary details have subsequently proved inaccurate. In particular, the film suggests that it was a Turkish soldier who killed Solomou; but the Cypriot investigation into the crime showed that the fatal shots were actually fired by Kenan Akin (see picture) and Erdal Haciali Emanet, who were positioned on a balcony overlooking the Turkish sentry post where Solomou was shot.

Emanet, a Turkish settler, was commander of the so-called security forces in the occupied areas, while Akin, another settler, was serving as the occupation regime's ‘minister of agriculture and forests’. Interpol warrants have been in place against the two since 1996, but neither has been handed over. Indeed, it emerged earlier this week that Akin, who used to belong to Serdar Denktash's Democratic Party, will be standing in this April’s 'parliamentary elections' in Turkish-occupied Cyprus as a candidate for the Freedom and Reform Party, which is currently part of the occupation regime's coalition ‘government’.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

‘Don’t show any mercy; burn and destroy’

Following the confession of Turk actor Attila Olgac that he murdered 10 Greek Cypriot prisoners during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, above is a report (with English subtitles) from RIK news (02/04/09) in which further details of Turkish war crimes in Cyprus are described. The accounts are by Turkish soldiers and officers, who spoke to the Kurdish journalist Roni Alasor for his book, Order: execute the prisoners.

Below is an article by Dinos Avgoustis (my translation) that appeared in Simerini on Tuesday, which also discusses the revelations in Alasor’s book and rails against successive governments in Athens and Nicosia for failing to bring Turkey to account for its war crimes in Cyprus, and not only those committed in 1974, but also the murders of Theophilos Georgiades, president of the Cyprus-Kurdistan solidarity committee, gunned down by the Turkish secret services outside his home in Nicosia in 1994; and those in 1996 of Tassos Isaac and Solomos Solomou, murdered during protests against the Turkish occupation at Dherynia.

Order: execute the prisoners
‘Ayshe can start her holidays.’
With this coded order given by Turkey’s ‘democratic’ prime minister Bulent Ecevit to the Turkish military on 13 August 1974, Ankara broke off the Geneva peace talks and began the second phase of its invasion of Cyprus. At the same time in Athens, the celebrations [for the end of the junta] had not yet died down. The self-exiles returned and drunk with the sweet nectar of power they absolved themselves of responsibility for the events in Cyprus. Their justification simple: the dictators are to blame for everything. There didn’t exist the appropriate military preparedness, they told us. Unfortunately, however, for them, the facts and the accounts of Turkish veterans who took part in the invasion prove them wrong.

This is what Mahmoud Renas, eyewitness and leader of a group of Turkish commandos said: ‘The first Turkish invasion of Cyprus [on 20 July] was a fiasco. The head of the operation made terrible tactical mistakes, which wouldn’t be found in any army in the world. If Greece had decided to respond militarily, believe me, not only would the Turkish army not have occupied half the island, but it would also have suffered huge losses. The “success”of the Turkish army was based on there being no organised resistance by the Greeks.’

This is by way of a small introduction and response to those who shamelessly insist that we couldn’t have thrown the Turks into the sea. Those who continue to stick to the biggest lie of all and persist with their ignorance and misinformation…

Even if it is now 35 years since the barbaric Turkish invasion, one by one, the blood-soaked pages are being turned…

Some of the most tragic incidents took place in the villages of Assia and Aphania. Assia counts 83 missing and Aphania 15. Thirty-five years on, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot witnesses indicate that 70 of the missing from Assia were executed in cold blood by the Turkish army in 1974.

These memories have only been revived because Attila Olgac spoke up… but it’s worth remembering that there are other, even more shocking, revelations that have gone unremarked.

‘Don't show any mercy; burn and destroy. Even if they don’t strike you, strike them; even if they don’t threaten you, kill them.’ These were the orders of Captain Toufan Anli, according to Hassan Kofen, head of a heavy weapons unit during the invasion.

And this is the shocking admission of Mustafa Onkan: ‘In the village of Mora, near Nicosia, there was a mass execution of 100 Greek Cypriots… Among those killed were the elderly, women and children. After the massacre, the corpses remained unburied for a week…’

And there is no end to the cold-blooded killings. This is how another eyewitness, lieutenant, and later professor, Yalcin Kucuk, describes events: ‘For those who were taken prisoner, the method of murder varied: some were shot on the spot, others they told to run and with sadistic satisfaction they shot them in the back. Others were placed against the wall in groups and mowed down with automatic weapons… There were just a few officers who behaved properly and honourably in Cyprus. The majority were bloodthirsty and barbarian, hell-bent on theft and looting… The worst atrocities I saw took place in the village of Tymvou… The village was almost empty. Suddenly, there was a commotion and then a voice: “I've killed, sir, I’ve killed.” They’d unloaded two magazines into the uterus of a young woman, whose hands were tied behind her back and legs spread… she was a handicapped girl. I saw many murders in Cyprus, but this one shocked me the most.’

All the above and countless other shocking incidents are described in Roni Alasor’s book, Order: execute the prisoners, which Alasor dedicates to Theophilos Georgiades [president of the Cyprus-Kurdistan solidarity committee], ‘who devoted his life to the idea of an independent Cyprus, which, as he himself said, passes through the mountains of a free Kurdistan…’

Theophilos Georgiades was gunned down by agents of the Turkish secret services [in 1994] and Hellenism has done nothing to put the killers before a court. Just like we’ve done nothing about the cold-blooded murders of [Tassos] Isaac and [Solomos] Solomou. All we did and continue to do is pave with rose-petals genocidal Turkey’s European road.