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Physicians for Human Rights: PHR documents improper use of tear gas and unnecessary force on demonstrators in Turkey

Letter to Turkish Prime Minister Follows In-Country Investigation, Seeks to Stop Excessive Violence and Unlawful Detentions New York Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), the World Medical Association (WMA), the German Medical Association (GMA) and the Standing Committee of European Doctors/Comité Permanent des Médecins Européens (CPME) sent a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today asking his government to [...] → Read the full article…

Love in the time of revolution – Şirin Öten

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We learn all our lives. We learn to do hundreds of things to give meaning to life but especially to make money. Nowadays money has to be part of our lives either as an objective or as a means. “Do we live to make money or do we make money to live?” That is the question. Whatever our profession, the money that we [...] → Read the full article…

T24: An Eyewitness Accounts: How Was Ali İsmail Korkmaz Beaten To Death?

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An eyewitness told the day when Ali İsmail Korkmaz was beaten to pulp. Korkmaz passed away in Eskișehir in the hospital where he was treated. The fifth fatality during the Gezi protests occurred yesterday when Ali İsmail Korkmaz passed away due to brain hemorrhage. Korkmaz, 19, was a freshman at the English Teacher Department at the Faculty of Education of [...] → Read the full article…

Global Dialogues: Letter to the President of Turkey

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I joined my colleagues, the faculty of the New School for Social Research, in expressing our deep concern over the escalation of repression in Turkey. Here is our letter of protest. To His Excellency Abdullah Gül President of the Republic of Turkey T.C. Cumhurbaşkanlığı Genel Sekreterliği 06689 Çankaya Ankara, Turkey July 1, 2013 Your Excellency, We write to you to [...] → Read the full article…

Firatnews: It turned out to be that the bullets used were not harmless but had small metal balls in them

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Police forces firing rubber bullets at the Gezi Park resisters from anti-riot armored vehicles, aka scorpions, used bullets containing metal balls and not colored dye. The bullet that wounded tradesman Volkan Kesanbilici and caused him to lose his left eye had dozens of metal balls in it. Kesanbilici was hit on May 31 by a police bullet fired from a [...] → Read the full article…

Başka haber: On the night Ali İsmail Korkmaz was beaten “They were hitting to kill”

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Ali İsmail Korkmaz, 19, who was beaten up by an unidentified group while he was runing away from tear gas firing of the police at Gezi Park solidarity demonstrations in Eskişehir on 2 June 2013, has passed away at Osmangazi University Hospital. An entry on Ekşi Sözlük – an online urban dictionary in Turkish – tells about the events of [...] → Read the full article…

Firatnews: First police aimed to kill, and then came to pull the plug?

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Two plain-clothes officers posing as well-wishers attempted to enter the Taksim Ilkyardim Hospital Intensive Care Unit where 16-year-old Mustafa Ali Tombul was being treated after a tear gas canister broke his skull. Tombul, a high school student, had brain surgery after being injured during demonstrations in the Tarlabaşı neighborhood of Istanbul. New details relating to the police assault on Mustafa [...] → Read the full article…

US News: How Turkey’s Leaders Are Exploiting Egypt’s Coup – Claire Berlinski

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If you’re reading the American press, you might think that the protests in Turkey have died down. Nothing could be further from the truth. Stranger still, if you are reading the Turkish press, you might conclude that you are in Egypt, because that seems to be the only topic of conversation. This is why: Conventional wisdom has it that the [...] → Read the full article…

Hürriyet: The lawyer of the Gezi detainees, ‘Cops beat us up in the courthouse’

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Last Saturday night, the police detained 59 demonstrators who wanted to enter Gezi Park. Among the detainees only 8 of them were issued arrest warrants. In the Çağlayan courthouse, where those 8 protestors were held, it was claimed that three lawyers representing the protestors, two of which are women, were battered by the police because they wanted to take to [...] → Read the full article…

Amnesty International: Turkey must release peaceful Taksim protesters

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The Turkish authorities must immediately release peaceful demonstrators who were detained in Taksim yesterday. They must also investigate allegations of the excessive use of force after riot police used tear gas and water canons to clear the square and neighbouring Gezi park, Amnesty International said. “The authorities in Turkey have the duty to ensure people can peacefully gather and express [...] → Read the full article…