Selma Kubat

While on the same day ten thousands showed the invincibility of the peoples movement, Selma Kubat screamed out the invincibility of the resistance in the prison cells. On the same day the red flags, that were waved in the streets were accompanied by the flames that surrounded a prisoner in the cells… Selma Kubat, who strenghtened the day of unity, struggle and solidarity of the entire people while she set alight her body, was born in 1978 in Koyuncuköy in Malatya/Arguvan. She was the child of a farmer family. She knew the revolutionaries since the grammar school.

She began to follow up revolutionary publications. In 1997 she got in relation with the revolutionary movement. She started to work at the magazine “Devrimci Genclik” (Revolutionary Youth). This period was a period in which she clarified her choice. Choosing between system and revolution, she went to the youth movement and took more and more duties and responsibilities.

Participating in the struggle she met with arrests, torture and prisons.

The arrests she had faced are characteristic of the repression against those who take part in the democratic struggle in this country.

She was arrested for the first time during a commemoration for a martyred revolutionary in 1997. Her second arrestation was after a visit at the exit of the Sagmalcilar prison. She was arrested the third time, when she went to an elementary school in Bagcilar as correspondent of the youth magazine, to write an article on current events. The fourth time they arrested her, was when she visited TAYAD, in order to write an article about the attack against the TAYAD association. She experienced short imprisonments. Also her last arrestation and detention was because of her right, legitimate and democratic reaction of resistance. Like in the operation of April 1, 2004, those who want to destroy the right of resistance, issued tens of years prison penalties to those who were arrested during their actions in support of the resistance in Armutlu, accusing them of membership of an illegal organisation.

But they couldn’t destroy the right of resistance. Selma and her comrades didn’t permit this with their dignity and moral.

Everybody saw that Selma and her fellows do not decline in this country.

In a country where Selma’s continue to exit, it is pointless to believe that the resistance of the people against oppression can be destroyed by torture, bans, penalties and F-type prisons.