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17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
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Kılıçdaroğlu admits writer Sabahattin Ali was killed by CHP

RENOWNED TURKISH POET AND WRITER SABAHATTIN ALI. (PHOTO: TODAY'S ZAMAN ARCHIVE)
10 February 2012, Friday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has admitted that the CHP was behind the 1948 killing of renowned Turkish poet and writer Sabahattin Ali.

Kılıçdaroğlu, who recently spoke in critical terms of several acts committed by the CHP during its 27 years of single-party rule in the early years of the Turkish Republic, said during a television program on Thursday that it was the CHP that killed Ali and that imprisoned renowned Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet for his political ideas. “Who sent Nazım Hikmet to jail? Who killed Sabahattin Ali? The CHP. We will always admit the reality but it is not correct to abuse the wrongdoings of the CHP,” he said.

Ali, known for his strong opposition to the state, was convicted of insulting Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in one of his poems in 1932. He served time in the Konya and Sinop prisons but was released after a general amnesty granted on the 10th anniversary of the republic in 1933. Ali was murdered while trying to flee the country on April 1, 1948. His body was found on June 16. It became evident that Ali Ertekin, a smuggler, was the killer; however, the motive behind the murder had remained a mystery.

As for Hikmet, he was one of the greatest international poets of the 20th century. He used to be seen as a controversial figure in Turkey due to his communist and “romantic” revolutionary ideas. He was repeatedly arrested for his political beliefs and spent much of his adult life in prison or exile. He died of a heart attack in Moscow on June 3, 1963.

This was not the first time that Kılıçdaroğlu criticized the period of single-party rule. Kılıçdaroğlu said last month that he does not find right some of the acts carried out by the CHP during that period.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has often criticized the actions of the CHP during the single-party period and says the CHP should face its history, but the CHP leadership has always defended the period by pointing to the conditions in the country at the time. Kılıçdaroğlu's admission was the first time a high-ranking CHP official voiced criticism of the CHP over its actions during the single-party period.

Arguing that seeing the single-party period as solely a CHP period is not right either, he said social democracy did not exist in Turkey at the time and so the CHP was not yet a social democrat party.

 
 
COMMENTS
@Baran... my argument is without Ataturk there was no Turkey. There was only a defeated Empire that was forced into humiliating agreements for the benefit of the enemies of Turks. Without Ataturk we would not be able to swim in the Aegean or Meditterranian..wew would have to get visas from Greeks, I...
Erol
Sebahattin Ali was way ahead of his time. The great writer as he was, he will never know how much he influenced others. He was a pioneer Turkish poet. Only wishing, that we cherish the ones that are still among us. Poets are extraordinary gifted people.
elementary
The CHP has tried hard to destroy our great nation. Decades of CHP-organized massacres against Muslims and Kurds have created divisions in society. The CHP tried to forcibly make people non-religious. CHP has FAILED. Ergenekon is on trial. Slowly, Turkey is becoming a House of Justice and Harmony (a...
Friend of Turks
@Erol, firstly it is NOT Turkish Republic, but Republic of Turkey. Think about it, there is a big difference. Secondly, Mustafa Kemal replaced a multi-party political system with a single party tyranny a la Stalin. Thirdly, Kemal's party that won the election in 1920 was called Kuvay-i Milliye (Nati...
Baran
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely! is a time honored saying. Gen Mustafa Kemal and his disciples are to blame for crimes of the State and many of Turkey's ills today. The law protecting Ataturk needs to be repealed so that his legacy, ideas and policies can be properly discussed....
Aziz
How about other things that CHP has done like start the Turkish Republic, create the name of the Turkish Republic. Does the AKP change the name because it was created by CHP connections??
Erol
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