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Military parade in Turkey, © Timo Vogt

Turkey: My experiences in the barracks

(15.05.2021) The history of conscription is a history of militarisation. It is a breathtaking story. And conscription is still effective today in countries like Turkey.

I was to be forced to comply with military orders. When I refused, I was beaten and insulted. I was arrested four times and released each time. Each time after release I was transferred to the barracks again. In total, I spent 18 months in the military prison.

Défilé militaire en Turquie, © Timo Vogt

Turquie: Mes expériences des caserne

(15.05.2021) L’histoire de la conscription est celle de la militarisation. Elle coupe le souffle. La conscription reste en vigueur aujourd’hui dans des pays comme la Turquie.

J’ai été forcé de me conformer aux ordres militaires. Quand j’ai refusé, j’ai été battu et insulté. J’ai été arrêté quatre fois et libéré à chaque fois. Chaque fois, j’ai été transféré à nouveau à la caserne après la libération. J’ai passé 18 mois au total, en prison militaire.

Türkiye’de askeri geçit töreni, © Timo Vogt

Türkiye: Kışla deneyimim

(15.05.2021) Zorla askere alma hikayesi bir tür militarizasyon tarihidir. Çarpıcı bir hikayedir ve günümüzde Türkiye gibi ülkelerde halen etkilidir.

Askeri emirlere zorlandım ve reddedince dayak yedim, hakarete maruz kaldım. Dört kere tutuklandım ve her seferinde bırakıldım; bırakıldığım her seferinde yeniden askeri kışlaya götürüldüm. Toplamda 18 ay askeri cezaevinde kaldım.

Military parade in Turkey, © Timo Vogt

Turkey: I refuse!

(15.05.2021) I will start with the first day when I was 19 years old. I was sitting in the garden and got a visit from a talkative friend. He told me that we had to show up for the physical examination. I told him, “I won’t go to the military, you can go.” I can’t explain why I wanted to refuse even then, but there was always a voice inside me telling me that something couldn’t be right with the military service.

My friend was stunned and said, “Rebel against the state! They will make you disappear! Where will you go?” He said many foolish things when I talked back at him. At last he turned to my mother and said, “Aunty, you would also be in trouble, they will pressure you to deny help and support to a criminal.”