The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front
: Devrimci Halk Kurtuluş Partisi-Cephesi
) is a Marxist-Leninist
party in Turkey
The organisation was originally formed in 1978 by Dursun Karataş
as Revolutionary Left
(Turkish: Devrimci Sol
or Dev Sol
), a splinter faction of Devrimci Yol
("Revolutionary Way", also known as Devrimci Yol
), which splintered from the People's Liberation Party-Front of Turkey
(THKP-C), which in its turn was a splinter of Revolutionary Youth Federation
(commonly known in Turkish as Dev Genç
A 1994 factional infighting within Dev Sol resulted in two factions: the main group led by Dursun Karatas was renamed DHKP/C, while Bedri Yağan
created a new THKP-C
(not to be confused with the original one).
In all cases of "Parti-Cephe" (Part-/Front) names, "Party" refers to the group’s political activities, while "Front" is a reference to a group’s military operations. Theoretically they are separate entities.
The group espouses a Marxist-Leninist ideology and holds an anti-U.S.
positions. It considers that the Turkish government is under the control of Western imperialism and seeks to destroy this control by violent and democratic means.
It finances its activities chiefly through donations raised in Turkey and Europe
Since the late 1980s, the group has targeted primarily current and retired... Read More