The fifth of May group

The Fifth of May Group (1993) is a group of Turkish and Kurdish Anarchists in Exile. On the 6th of May 1972, the Turkish State hung three revolutionaries, amongst them Deniz Gezmiž. The event is generally a hallmark for the birth of the radical movement in Turkey. We chose the 5th of May, when the three men were still alive.

The Fifth of May is an anarchist group that includes anarchists from different tendencies, and has a pluralist perspective. This pluralist perspective together with the idea of the individual autonomy form the basis of group harmony. We have no fixed political line and rigid principles. However, we believe that it is important to fight against nationalism and militarism on the basis of class. It is also crucial to fight against sexism and racism.

One of our main activity towards Turkey is translation of anarchist literature into Turkish. We have so far translated several books into Turkish. We also published books, pamphlets, and articles in both Turkish and English.

Some activists of the Fifth of May Group work locally with other groups in London as well as with libertarian and radical individuals and groups in various campaigns and initiatives in other countries. We are also in contact with anarchists in Europe, USA, Middle East and Latin America. The Fifth of May Group tries to diffuse anarchist ideas among the Turkish and Kurdish community in London. Some of us are involved in the Campaign against Compulsory Military Service in Turkey (ZAK). The Campaign was formed at the beginning of 1996 in support of Osman Murat Ülke, a conscientious objector, who is still being held in prison. Apart from local issues here in London and national campaigns, a focus of our activity has been nationalism and militarism.



About Anarchism in Turkey: Turkiye'de Anarsizm

Texts in Turkish: Turkce metinler