Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University rector office imposed a ban on April 19 on the banner design contest of the Communist Youth of Turkey (TKG).
Affiliated with the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), the Communist Youth is organizing a banner design contest with the theme of anti-imperialist and anti-NATO struggle among students and young people for commemorating the anti-imperialist patriotic revolutionaries who had protested the U.S. 6th Fleet and thrown the American troops into the sea in İstanbul at the end of the 1960s.
The university security seized the notices of the anti-imperialist contest at a campus in İstanbul. As the communist students responded the unlawful practice, the security said that the university secretary ordered them to seize the notices.
The secretary argued that the notices were banned due to their political content, but abstained from making any statement when the communists asked why their notices were seized although they were approved to announce the contest until a few days ago.
As a fine arts university bans a design contest, one of the jury members of the contest is Prof Yusuf Murat from the same university.
The Communist Youth of Turkey has launched a widespread campaign against NATO and imperialism around the country despite fascist mobs and police attacks under the rule of the AKP government. The communists struggle for shutting down the NATO and U.S. bases in Turkey, revealing the hypocritical stance of the collaborationist government.