Steve Kaczynski has been held in a Turkish prison since April 2nd. He was taken, along with centre workers and the best-selling political band Grup Yorum, in a raid on the Idil Cultural Centre in the Ortaköy district of Istanbul. Steve has not been charged with any offense, has been held in severe isolation, and has been on hunger strike.

Steve is originally from West Lothian. He worked in England as a journalist before moving back to Scotland.  Steve became an active member of the Scottish Socialist Party in Edinburgh and joined the RCN. Steve took a particular interests in the struggles of the Turkish Left, and attended international symposia organised to challenge Turkey’s brutal prison system, as well as acting as an international observer at political trials.

Steve’s interests in such matters also led him to become one of the observers and note-takers for the SSP at Tommy Sheridan’s trial. Steve was a firm believer in the veracity of the case put forward by the SSP majority. The subsequent split in the SSP led him to move to England to give his time to Turkish solidarity work. No longer a member of the SSP, he also ceased to be a member of the RCN. However, we welcomed Steve’s contributions, which we continued to publish (see below).


We have sent the following letter to the Turkish authorities:-

“We wish to express our concern at the Turkish government’s arrest and detention of Steve Kaczynski. Steve has been a tireless supporter of democratic rights and opposed the detention and brutal treatment of Turkish state prisoners for many years. He has acted as an observer at the state trials of prisoners.  The fact that Steve has still not been charged with any offence strongly suggests that this is the real motivation for Steve’s continued detention. Therefore we call for his immediate release.

Given Steve’s well-known opposition to UK state intervention and the massive suffering it has caused to the peoples of the Middle East, we believe that the accusation that Steve is some kind of British agent is an attempt by the Turkish authorities to prevent any effective support for Steve. Indeed, if he were a British state agent, we would have quickly seen the UK authorities coming to his aid.”

Please pass on your own message of support to;-

Telephone: +90 312 417 7770; fax: +90 312 419 3370;

email:; address: 06659 Kizilay/Ankara.

Also support Steve by writing letters and cards to:

Maltepe 3 Hapishanesi, YabancılarbölümüBüyükBakkalKöyMah, YakacıkYoluÜzeri, No.13 Maltepe, Istanbul.

In the United Kingdom, please contact the following to ask for their support and help with the immediate release of Steve:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Prisoners Abroad; Reprieve; Fair Trials International; and Amnesty International.



Articles written by Steve Kaczynski for Emancipation & Liberation


  • Political resistance again ended in victory!

    According to the lawyers of Halkin Hukuk Bürosu (People’s Law Bureau) our comrade Stephen Kaczynski has interrupted the hunger strike on the 46th day. After a visit today, the lawyer’s office stated, that the prison authorities made concessions regarding his demands.

    According to the lawyers Stephen’s health situation is well.

    The Commission for international relations of the People’s Front quoted following words of Stephen Kaczynski in a statement it published a few hours ago:

    “I thank to everyone who protested and resisted on my behalf. I continue the struggle. I just interrupt my hunger strike because my basic demands were recognized. Hope to meet everybody physically very soon. I greet all revolutionaries in Anatolia and in the world.”

    The lawyers of Stephen are expected to make a public statement by tomorrow morning, delivering all details.


  • Hello,
    I appeared before a court in Istanbul on September 18, was “released” and deported from Turkey three days later. I am currently in London. I will probably visit Scotland sometime this month (October 2015). The magazine arrived on September 18 – the day I made my court appearance.

  • Steve was finally released on September 18th. See the account of his experience at:-