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Jadalliya: On the ‘Turkish Model’: Neoliberal democracy with teargas

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On 28 May, upon awakening, alarming news from home flooded my screen: citizens were protesting the destruction of the Taksim Park, just outside the historic Taksim Square in Istanbul, which is to become little more than a busy traffic intersection featuring a shopping mall and a mosque if the city government proceeds with current plans. There were also reports of [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: Artists Condemn Censorship of Gezi Park Resistance

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Turkey’s prominent artists released a joint statement yesterday that condemned mainstream media censure on Gezi resistance and demanded objective coverage. Turkey’s prominent artists condemned yesterday the attitude of mainstream media towards Gezi Park resistance. “As cineasts, artists and authors of Turkey, we are condemning mainstream television and newspapers channels such as NTV, CNN Türk, Habertürk, Kanal D, ATV, Star, Show [...] → Read the full article…

MailOnline: Horrifying image of ‘woman in red’ being doused with pepper spray becomes symbol of Turkish protests

Photograph of woman turning from the pepper spray has become defining image of Turkey’s days of violent protest Women feel threatened by official promotion of the Islamic headscarf and concerns about women’s rights  Many have joined in the street fighting raging in Turkey since Friday British student Melisa Kenber said she was sprayed in the face for filming police during [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: Gezi Resistance Creates Its Own Media

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A group of activists founded whatishappeninginistanbul.com, a website aimed to provide reliable information to international audience and facilitate the information flow during resistance process. A group of activists took action against mainstream media that either remained silent or published biased information on the Taksim Gezi Park resistance process. They have founded whatishappeninginistanbul.com, a website aimed to provide reliable information to [...] → Read the full article…

Jadaliyya: On the ‘Turkish Model’: Neoliberal Democracy with Teargas

On 28 May, upon awakening, alarming news from home flooded my screen: citizens were protesting the destruction of the Taksim Park, just outside the historic Taksim Square in Istanbul, which is to become little more than a busy traffic intersection featuring a shopping mall and a mosque if the city government proceeds with current plans. There were also reports of [...] → Read the full article…

Aljazeera: Turkey suffers worst night of rioting

Protesters use mechanical digger to break through police lines as riot squads battle back with volleys of tear gas. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Turkey’s four biggest cities and clashed with riot police firing tear gas for a third day in the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years. Tens of thousands of people have taken [...] → Read the full article…

goodmorningTurkey: Deputy PM Apologizes to Injured Protesters

The police response to the initial protests against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park in favor of a mall were wrong, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has said, apologizing to injured protesters “with environmental concerns.” during a speech today. But Arınç added in a speech today that the government did not “feel like they owed anything to those who cause [...] → Read the full article…

The New York Times: Turkish Official Apologizes for Force Used at Start of Riots- Sebnem Arsu

Turkey’s deputy prime minister apologized on Tuesday for the “excessive violence” used by the police last week against demonstrators opposing the razing of an Istanbul park, the start of what later became nationwide protests against the pro-Islamic government. The deputy, Bulent Arinc, speaking at a news conference broadcast live from Ankara, appeared to be trying to ease mounting criticism after [...] → Read the full article…

Bloomberg: Turkey Clashes Persist as Erdogan Predicts Early End to Protest- Selcan Hacaoglu, Taylan Bilgic, Ali Berat Meric

Turkish demonstrators clashed with police last night and a second protester was killed, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan predicted an early end to the unrest while the U.S. urged police restraint. A 22-year-old man was shot dead by unidentified gunmen during an anti-government rally in the southern province of Hatay, local Governor Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz said. One person had been killed [...] → Read the full article…

Marxism: Turkey: Brutal suppression leaves 3 dead, thousands injured – Urgent solidarity needed!

As the heroic movement of the masses of Turkey continues, the brutal oppression by the police and security forces has increased. There is an urgent need to lend a hand of solidarity to our brothers and sisters there. The response by Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan, has been remarkably similar to that of dictators that the Arab revolution brought down in [...] → Read the full article…