People's Liberation Army of Turkey

People's Liberation Army Of Turkey

People's Liberation Army of Turkey

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People's Liberation Army of Turkey (, abbreviated THKO) was an armed underground leftwing movement in Turkey. It was founded at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey in 1970 by Hüseyin İnan, Yusuf Aslan, Sinan Cemgil, Deniz Gezmiş, Taylan Özgur and Cihan Alptekin.


THKO was of the opinion that it had become impossible to carry on the struggle for independence and democracy within the legal framework and depending on peaceful methods of struggle in Turkey. The organization struggled for what they called a "National Democratic Revolution". The main thesis of THKO were:
  1. Revolution with the goal of a completely independent and truly democratic Turkey would be realised through a struggle based in rural areas and force policy under the command of national front understanding
  2. People's war should be carried out on the basis of the alliance of the proletariat, peasantry and petty bourgeoisie
  3. The party of the working class and People's Army should be counted as the two basic organisations of people's war
  4. These two organisations would be built during the war period based on the participation of the masses
  5. That THKO was a unique organisation, performing the functions of both of these two organisations simultaneously.


The organization's activities started in January 1971. THKO carried out...
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