Category Archives: Texts

Gezi defence: Why was I there?

I hear certain people singing to me, “You are dead for me now”, while some others sing to me “You rose up to my heart like sunshine”… Some request my books enthusiastically, saying “write and send it to me” and some spill out their hatred in a “burn all the memories” fashion. But, what business did I have in the [...] → Read the full article… “Come, Come, Whoever You Are.” As a Pluralist Movement Emerges from Gezi Park in Turkey


After the Gezi Park occupation was dispersed, dozens of neighborhood forums popped up around Istanbul where people get together to discuss a variety of issues. I’ve been attending these neighborhood forums, which are are organized in an “agora” format where speakers line up and take turns to speak. While media attention remains on the  frequent Taksim Square demonstrations, the forums [...] → Read the full article…

Dr. Michele Heisler interviews an injured Turkish protester


PHR’s Dr. Michele Heisler interviews an injured Turkish protester, Hasan Kilicgedik, and his father, Ali Kilicgedik, at the American Hospital in Istanbul. Hasan suffered a skull fracture and bleeding in his brain when police fired two tear gas canisters directly at his face at close range. 30 June 2013 Source; Social Media

Amnesty International: Turkey: End abuse and reveal extent of injuries


Turkish citizens continue to be beaten, unjustly detained, and abused by police forces amid massive protests. This violence has got to stop, but only massive international outrage from supporters like you can move the needle now. Please send an urgent message to authorities demanding an end to the use of excessive force against peaceful protestors. Authorities must restore the right [...] → Read the full article…

Radikal: ‘They shot me in the back’


“I was shot in the back when I was facing back to the station. I am sure that fire was shot from the gendarmerie station” said Rondia, who was shot during the protests against the construction to the gendarmerie station in Lice. Rodina Pervane was shot through her left shoulder by an army bullet during the protest against the construction [...] → Read the full article…

Hürriyet: “My twelve-year-old son was arrested. I almost lost my mind.”


    We continue Gezi testimonies with Derya. What she has been through is nerve-racking . Her twelve-year-old son, Alperen, was arrested. Inside an armed riot vehicle called Scorpion, he was taken around Ankara.  The police hit his head over and over again and kicked him numerous times. Mistaking the woman next to Alperen as his mother, the police made her kiss their [...] → Read the full article…

London Review of Books: Trouble in Paradise: Slavoj Žižek on the protests in Turkey and Greece


    In his early writings, Marx described the German situation as one in which the only answer to particular problems was the universal solution: global revolution. This is a succinct expression of the difference between a reformist and a revolutionary period: in a reformist period, global revolution remains a dream which, if it does anything, merely lends weight to [...] → Read the full article…

Hürriyet: “We are everywhere!”


Today’s heroes were also the heroes of Gezi…  Now, they are more reliable, more respectable.. Gezi; along with Çarşı, Redhack and Anticapitalist Muslims, has brought LGBT individuals under the spotlight. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals will rejoice and walk together at 17:00 today. Their main slogan is “If you are not here we are one missing”. They are candid [...] → Read the full article…

Abuse In Detention – Filiz Yavuz


D.E. does not know which street she was forced to walk on, and for how long. The only thing she remembers are the hands on her body and the paved stones she saw while she was walking with her head bent down. Her lawyer, Ayşen Akçay, pointed that during the first week of the protests in Ankara, approximately 260 women [...] → Read the full article… Abused by the police, Eylem Karadağ: ‘We shouldn’t keep quiet, they should be scared of our courage.’


Eylem Karadağ is among the female resisters. Detained during Dikmen resistance on 26 June 2013, Eylem was abused by the police and threatened with rape. She talked to about her experience. And she has a message for everybody: ‘We shouldn’t keep quiet, they should be scared of our courage. We should speak up so that AKP can’t continue its [...] → Read the full article…