Category Archives: Texts

Bianet: Those 20 days I spent in Gezi Park were the best days of the 22 years I have had so far

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A verdict has been reached on the trial of Yusufcan Yildirim who has been accused of having ties with four independent illegal organizations.  We discussed his 2-year-1-month long sentence and his days under custody following the Gezi protest. A verdict has been reached on the trial of Yusufcan Yildirim, an undergraduate majoring in political science at Ankara University. He will [...] → Read the full article…

I couldn’t think of a slogan!

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Hello, Cuss-words aside, the participants of Gezi protests created many innovative slogans since the beginning of the Resistance. Among them, one captured my attention: “I couldn’t think of a slogan!”. The writer of this slogan took the streets to express his feelings through graffiti. I guess, s/he couldn’t come up with anything about what was going on and wrote instead, [...] → Read the full article…

Radikal: I am a Looter (Çapulcu) in prison and I miss you, my brothers and sisters – Kubilay İyit

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Kubilay Yiğit is a Master’s student in the Faculty of Fine Arts Musicology Department of Dokuz Eylül University. He was taken into custody in a dawn raid on 20th June as a consequence of the Gezi Park events. He was arrested on the 23rd of June and transferred to Kırıklar F Type prison. He wrote a letter to his comrades [...] → Read the full article…

theguardian: The ongoing Turkish protests have left us enlightened and emboldened

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The overseas interest has waned but our protests continue amid a brutal government crackdown and give us reason to smile Turkish anti-government protesters in Gezi Park, Istanbul. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images On 25 June, three weeks after the Gezi Park protest started, an American friend sent me an email. He asked me whether I was OK, and hoped that the [...] → Read the full article…

Science: Turkey must end violent response to protests

Edited by Jennifer Sills THE TURKISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (TTB) REPORTED THAT 8121 PEOPLE WERE OFFICIALLY admitted to hospitals resulting from police violence between 31 May and 26 June (1). This number includes 5 deaths, 61 life-threatening injuries, 104 head traumas, and 11 ophthalmic injuries, one of which led to loss of an eye due to shots of tear gas canisters from [...] → Read the full article…

New York Times: In Turkey, media bosses are undermining democracy – Yavuz Baydar

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ISTANBUL — THE protests that convulsed Istanbul and other Turkish cities last month exposed, among many other things, the shameful role of Turkey’s media conglomerates in subverting press freedom. As the social unrest reached a peak on May 31 with clashes between tear-gas-happy police officers and protesters spreading through the heart of the city, the lack of even minimal coverage [...] → Read the full article…

Jadaliyya: From Cynicism to Protest: Reflections on youth and politics in Turkey – Ayca Alemdaroglu

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  The recent uprisings in Turkey indicated a transformation of youth cynicism into a widespread protest against the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) government’s conservative and autocratic policies. This transformation demands a new way of thinking about youth and politics in the country. If nothing else, young people can no longer be easily characterized as politically apathetic. In June 2013, Turkey [...] → Read the full article…

Firat News: ‘Ministry of justice exonerates torture!’

Although the Ministry of Justice has denied the accusation of the torture of eight people who were arrested during the Gezi Park protests, a refutation has come from 19 year old Özgür Yildirim who was, himself, tortured . Speaking, for the first time, to Firat News Agency (AFN)about what he had been through, Yildirim said, “My toes and my nose [...] → Read the full article…

habersoL: Gezi detainee talked about what he went through in Metris prison; ‘The inmates were recounting their murders’

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Umut Akgül, who was arrested during the Gezi Park protests, talked about what he went through in the cells of Metris Prison where he was held alongside homicide suspects . Akgul was not allowed to sleep for days, was forced to fast and shown news clippings of murders .. The prison attorney’s response was, “This is the prison, enjoy it!” [...] → Read the full article…

Human Rights Watch: Turkey: End Incorrect, Unlawful Use of Teargas

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Dozens Injured as Police Fired Teargas Canisters Directly at Protesters (Istanbul) – Police fired teargas canisters directly at protesters during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, turning them into dangerous projectiles that caused serious injuries, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has documented 10 cases in which people were seriously injured, including loss of an eye, when police [...] → Read the full article…