ISTANBUL – TDN with wire dispatches
Slogans of �Duran Karataş is eternal� and �Long live the DHKP-C� could be heard as red flags waved on the streets of Istanbul, according to Doğan news agency footage. More than 1,000 people gathered near the Gazi Cemevi following the death of Dursun Karataş, the head of the outlawed Marxist-Leninist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front, or DHKP-C, who died of liver cancer Monday at a hospital in the Netherlands. He was buried yesterday in the Gazi neighborhood of Istanbul after a religious ceremony conducted at Gazi Cemevi, an Alevis prayer house.
Karataş' body arrived in Istanbul on Thursday at 4:24 p.m., said Taylan Tanay, Karataş' lawyer, reported CNN-Türk news channel. Karataş' body had waited for a while at cargo control as officials wanted to check the identity of the body. Tanay had objected to the decision of the Tenth Court for Serious Crimes in Istanbul to conduct fingerprinting for identity control. �We gave the reports given by the Dutch officials to the court and the police,� said Tanay, claiming that additional control mechanisms were not necessary.
Karataş was accused of �attempting to change the constitutional order with force.� Karataş' first trial started in 1981, and the second trial started in 1993 and continued until recently.
Karataş founded a revolutionary leftist group at Istanbul Technical University in 1978. There were claims that his group murdered former Prime Minister Nihat Erim and former Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, deputy leader Gün Sazak at that time. When he was captured in 1980, he stayed in prison, but he fled from the Bayrampaşa prison nine years later and was captured in France in 1994. Karataş was released in 1995 and was treated for cancer in a Dutch hospital for a long period of time.