Category Archives: Texts

Hürriyet: Volkan, whose eyes were cleared of metal beads

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Gezi witnessing continues with Volkan who runs a stationery store. He came to Taksim to protest against the police violence on the first day of Gezi and to support the young people. During the rioting there he was shot in the eye by a bullet fired by the police. He was operated on twice. During the second operation, his eye [...] → Read the full article…

The World Medical Association: End excessive force in Turkey

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By Cecile B. Wilson, MD – The President of the World Medical Association (12.07.13) The Turkish Medical Association (TMA) has drawn our attention to hundreds of cases of injury and detention following police confrontations with protestors that began in response to demonstrations in Gezi Park Istanbul May 27. The majority of those injuries according to the TMA were caused by the [...] → Read the full article…

FIDH: Human Rights Foundation Turkey Fact sheet on Gezi Park Protest as of July 12th

Document released by the Documentation Centre of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) [1] [2] [3] Demonstrations that began on 28 May 2013 to protect Gezi Park but then turned into protests demanding basic rights and freedoms in reaction to the violence committed by the police, spread across Turkey ( excluding Bingöl and Bayburt as per Ministry of Interior’s [...] → Read the full article…

Digital Journal: Turkish Prime Minister’s power reaches even into daily bread – Lisa Williams

The police attack vehicle that chased tourists in Taksim and shot pepper spray

As Ramadan continues in Turkey, so do protests that are quickly quelled by the Turkish Prime Minister whose wealth and power reach even into the formula for tasty bread. Nearly six weeks has passed since the first protests in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Under the orders of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish police brutally quelled these protests with water [...] → Read the full article…

Hurriyet Daily News: Police strike people protesting death of 19-year-old Gezi protester in southern Turkey

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Turkish police intervened against nearly 3,000 people protesting the murder of a 19-year-old Gezi Park protester who died of his wounds July 10, after staying in a coma for 33 days, in the southern province of Hatay. Following the funeral of Ali İsmail Korkmaz, who succumbed to his injuries in hospital after being beaten by unidentified people in Eskişehir in [...] → Read the full article…

Fıratnews: Who says there’s no torture at Police Stations in Istanbul?

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Some people may continuously claim that there is no torture at the police station anymore, Metin Toprak says, yet, they were exposed to all kinds of psychological torture including naked body search, insulting, being dragged on the ground, preventing the need to use toilet. Metin Toprak is a chef cook and he was detained and his nose was broken by a chief police officer on the opening [...] → Read the full article…

Gerçek Gündem: Where is the Gezi resister Gürcan Siviş?

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Gezi Park resister university student has been missing for 24 days Gürcan Siviş, a student at Statistics department of Mimar Sinan University, who was at the demonstrations at Gezi Park on 18 June and seen at Taksim for the last time has been missing for 24 days. Siviş did not go home after talking to his mother on the phone [...] → Read the full article…

Radikal: Burcu Sarak tells what she’s gone through in the Gezi lockup

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Music group Grup Abdal’s singer Burcu Sarak was taken into custody on the 6th of July. Her mother was also taken into custody because she didn’t want to let the police take her daughter. Burcu Sarak tells what she has gone through in the detention house: “They made my friend strip stark naked; they insulted and swore me; they didn’t [...] → Read the full article…

A Statement from Mücella Yapıcı for Taksim Solidarity in the Court

Mücella Yapıcı: I am a 62 year-old woman who owns no property and has to work despite my many health issues. If I wanted I would be in a totally different position but that’s what I chose in life. I didn’t earn any income, not even one penny, illegally, or dishonestly. I am speaking up because there is a police [...] → Read the full article…

Jadaliyya: Brand Turkey and the Gezi protests: authoritarianism, law, and neoliberalism (part one), Asli Igsiz

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Neoliberalism, Illegality, and State of Exception in Turkey The Gezi Park protests, and the state response to them, have crystallized larger dynamics in Turkey. These include recent legal changes and their contribution to the institutionalization of neoliberalism, centralization of powers, allegations of cronyism, authoritarianism, and encroachment on professional independence and labor rights. Overall, these protests offer a valuable opportunity to [...] → Read the full article…