EMEP (Labour Party) Adana City Organization: Shut down (religious) community dormitories immediately

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EMEP — 30 Kasım 2016 — evrensel.net

Labour Party Adana City Organization made a statement about the fire in the dormitory.

Labour Party (EMEP) Adana City Organization, in a statement about the fire in the dormitory in Adana, demanded that the dormitories of (religious) communities, associations and foundations to be shut down. EMEP said that the dormitory attendant cannot carry all the blame, “No one can show us the dead dormitory attendant as the person to blame. Those who carry responsibility and exhibit neglection are the municipalities, the governorate and the National Education Ministry. Those who carry responsibility and exhibit neglection are the government officials that oblige these children to these dormitories, these children who ought to have education in their mother’s arms, in their father’s home.”

Sevil Aracı, Adana City Chair of EMEP and lawyer, offered condolences after the fire that killed 11 students and 1 staff and injured 22 people in the dormitory of Students At Learning Age Helping Association of Aladağ before reading the statement:

Under what law did this dormitory begin its operation?

The statement titled “No measure taken, numerous deaths” drew attention to the measures not taken: “Children that ought to stay with their families are seen to have lodged in the dormitory. The dormitory is seen to belong to an association and the association is seen to belong to the (religious) community. ‘According to Law 5661 and Legislative Decree 652, legal entities or persons cannot begin operating dormitories for elementary or middle schools.’ This law is written on paper. Under what law did the dormitory in Aladağ begin its operation? What institution overlooked this operation with what justification?”

The statement goes on as follows:

The 11 students and 1 staff died due to the measures not taken, just like the 16 mining workers in Siirt who died under a collapse.

The 11 students and 1 staff died due to the measures not taken, just like the 301 mining workers who were burnt to death in Soma.

The 11 students and 1 staff died due to the measures not taken, just like the mining workers who were drowned to death in Ermenek.

The 11 students and 1 staff died due to the measures not taken, just like the workers who died in the elevator that crashed on the ground in Torunlar construction site.

The 11 students and 1 staff died due to the measures not taken, just like the 11 workers who were burnt to death in the tents of a workers’ dorm at the construction site in Esenyurt for a shopping mall.

The 11 students and 1 staff died due to the measures not taken, just like the 17 children who died in the collapsed dormitory of an association in Konya Taşkent.

A third bridge is built over İstanbul’s bosphorus. A tunnel is built under the sea of Marmara, double highways over the whole country, new hospitals, courthouses and prisons to each and every city, but a three story dormitory can’t be kept in check.

So who carries the responsibility?

The ones who lock the doors to prevent children from going out at night?

The municipality and the governorate that don’t keep this dormitory (with 54 student capacity) sufficiently in check because of their political and communal (religious) connections?

National Education Ministry who takes the children from state dormitories to send them to the student dormitories of (religious) communities?

Or the government who subjected education with transportation and fees, thereby obliging the families to give their children to these dormitories for their education?

A worker dies at a construction site while no single boss stands trial and gets punished. A worker dies at a mining site while no single boss stands trial and gets punished. Students die in dormitories while no single dormitory owner or association manager that operates those dormitories stands trial and gets punished. As we see; any massacre is blamed on a few engineers and the officials only care to save their paça [trotter].

No one can show us the dead dormitory attendant as the person to blame. Those who carry responsibility and exhibit neglection are the municipalities, the governorate and the National Education Ministry. Those who carry responsibility and exhibit neglection are the government officials that oblige these children to these dormitories, these children who ought to have education in their mother’s arms, in their father’s home.

Deaths are not fate.

The dormitories of (religious) communities, associations and foundations must be shut down.

Free education, free transportation and free dormitories must be supplied for all students.

All of those who carry responsibility and exhibit neglect must stand trial and get punished.

As Labour Party, we demand that all public officials who overlooked and did not keep in check this dormitory that began and continued its operation against the law, prominently National Education Ministry, Adana Governorate and Adana City Municipality, to stand trial and get punished as soon as possible.

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