Authoritarian powers can limit our access to information, destroy institutions that constitute our memory or forever interrupt the flow of experience and knowledge from our past. However, we can break this cycle by narrating and documenting our own past. Thus, history becomes a commonized record, which presents the previous experiences and pass it on to younger generations. Moreover, an accurate picture of what took place in recent history can nourish the imagination of the masses and hopefully strengthen them with tools to combat censorship and oppression in various forms today.
As the first part of a larger archive, we compiled the press archive of Devrimci Yol, one of Turkey’s largest political movements in the 70’s following the thesis of Mahir Çayan and THKP-C as their ideological pioneers. Devrimci Yol is founded by cadres of Dev-Genç, a student organization that grew into a powerful political movement especially after the military coup in 1971, by including workers and teachers.
Devrimci Yol emerged as a political movement with the publication of the first issue of the magazine on May 1st, 1977, the infamous day when 34 workers were killed at Taksim Square during May Day parades. In the run up to the 1980 military coup, Devrimci Yol had massive support throughout the country and built local resistance forces (Direniş Komiteleri) against fascist attacks. The movement has been known for its genuine self-governance practices in Fatsa, powerful factory strikes such as Yeni Celtek, and university student organisations that lead to formations such as ODTÜ Ögrenci Temsilcileri Konseyi (Students’ Representative Council).
Archive covers major publications from 1977 to 1992 and consists of the following titles:
· Devrimci Yol
· Devrimci Isci
· Turkei Depesche
· Turkei Information
· Flyers and brochures
Devrimci Yol Archive at RIT Collective Memory is the largest and most comprehensive digital archive compiled about the movement’s publications that span over 15 years in its continuity. This archive is open for the non-profit use of researchers.