DHA: Gezi’s ‘girl with red foulard’ joins PKK

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  Ayşe Deniz Karacagil, better known as ‘the girl with red foulard’ in anti-government Gezi Park protest, joined the PKK, it emerged after she faced a sentence of up to 98 years in prison following her release on 7 February this year pending a trial… Ayşe Deniz Karacagil, a young woman who became known to public as ‘the girl with [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: Our new paramilitaries, “Trust Teams” – Ekin Karaca

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I saw the people called “Trust Teams”, whom one doesn’t even recognize to be police officers, for the first time at a social event. They put on their show in the first year commemorations of the Gezi Resistance through swearing, violence and shouting. We encountered a new concept on top of the already familiar riot police and their toys, Scorpions [...] → Read the full article…

BBC News: Turkey PM Erdogan warns youth to ignore Taksim anniversary

Protests erupted across Turkey after a police crackdown on peaceful protests in Gezi Park last year

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged young Turks to ignore calls to mark the first anniversary of Istanbul’s Taksim Square protests. He was speaking ahead of nationwide demonstrations planned for Saturday. Thousands of police officers and dozens of water cannon trucks are to be deployed to the square, reports say. Protests against plans to redevelop Istanbul’s Gezi Park last [...] → Read the full article…

The Guardian: Man shot dead at funeral as police and protesters clash in Istanbul

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Local residents in Okmeydani – a predominantly Alevi neighbourhood – spoke of a recent increase in clashes between the police and protesters. “There is teargas almost every night,” one resident said. “We have given up on using gardens and balconies, but often we cannot even find peace inside our homes.” A man died after being shot and critically injured while attending a [...] → Read the full article…

ABC NEWS: Turkish coalmine disaster: Mass funerals held for Soma mine workers as thousands protest

Riot police fire plastic paintball gun pellets to disperse protesters in central Istanbul during a demonstration blaming the ruling AK Party (AKP) government for the mining disaster

Anger at the deadly mine explosion in Turkey spread across the country on Thursday as thousands of workers joined a protest strike, demonstrators clashed with security forces, and families began to bury scores of men killed in the disaster. As the death toll at the Soma coalmine pushed towards 300, with hopes extinguished for at least 100 more miners thought [...] → Read the full article…

The Guardian: Turkey swept by protests as anger grows over fatal mine explosion

Miners and rescue workers await the arrival of Turkey’s president, Abdullah Gül, outside the mine in Soma. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Anger at the deadly mine explosion in Turkey spread across the country on Thursday as thousands of workers joined a protest strike, demonstrators clashed with security forces, and families began to bury scores of men killed in the disaster. As the death toll at the Soma coalmine pushed towards 300, with hopes extinguished for at least 100 more miners thought [...] → Read the full article…