Category Archives: Texts

Jadaliyya: The spring of Turkey, the fall of Erdogan

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s insistence on demolishing Gezi Park and building a shopping mall on it was only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the causes behind the demonstrations that have shaken Turkey. The real reason is composed of three elements: rising authoritarianism, declining secularism, and stalled democratization. On 28 December 2011 at 9:37 pm, [...] → Read the full article…

The statement of TEVITOL alumni

An announcement to the attention of the authorities and the general public on behalf of the TEVITOL alumni: We have been following the events that have been taking place at Taksim Gezi Park and in other parts of the country since 31 May. A sizeable part of our nation has been conducting their peaceful protest and trying to voice their [...] → Read the full article…

These feet do not want to go back home, sister!

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  “I haven’t seen Istanbul or Taksim. But until Taksim is free there’s no going back home,” she said. We said our farewells when the riot police began moving and parted ways. Ankara is up and awake. Kızılay, Tunalı… It is like the end of the world. Every street corner, every turn, every street, every square… The skies of Ankara [...] → Read the full article…

What Caused These Wounds?

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Here, you are looking at the wounds a protester acquired during the police violence. Riot police aimed and fired at people. The tear-gas canister just scraped off legs of this protester in Taksim. He had jeans on, so he felt only a slight burn on his legs. At first, there was no pain or visible holes in his pants. But, [...] → Read the full article…

Academics for Gezi

The petition campaign organized by academics from Turkey living abroad and for international academics all over the world in solidarity with the Gezi Resistance: “As academics concerned with the recent developments in Turkey, we stand in solidarity with the people peacefully protesting to protect Gezi Park in Taksim, and we condemn the excessive police brutality that was inflicted on them. [...] → Read the full article…

Al Jazeera: Why Turks are good at protesting – Zeynep Zileli Rabanea

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“Quick, we need volunteer doctors in Taksim!” posted one user on Facebook, followed by a thousand shares and people responding with contacts from all over Turkey. Another published a series of phone numbers of lawyers offering free legal help to the detainees. A worried woman wrote: “Please stop posting phone numbers of lawyers, the police is busting them as we [...] → Read the full article…

JOAN BAEZ HAS A MESSAGE TO TURKISH RESISTERS

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World-renowned American musician, folk singer and activist Joan Baez sent out a message to Turkey during her concert to an audience of thousands in Fairfax, Virginia last night. The concert had started with the performance of Indigo Girls, with the attendance of an enthusiastic group of thousands of people from all ages. Joan Baez, who had during the day stated, [...] → Read the full article…

Erdogan as Putin

The recent and sometimes violent protests in Turkey’s major cities invite parallels to the mass protest movements of the Arab Spring. Yet this comparison is superficial at best. In fact, the biggest risk for the United States is not that Turkey, a key American ally, will experience revolution, chaos or political opening. Rather, it is that these protests have the [...] → Read the full article…

Birgün: The Aesthetics of Resistance-Burhan Sönmez

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The Aesthetics of Resistance 1.Stars shine better in utmost darkness. Stars are shining everywhere against the darkness of this country. 2.Homeless teenagers living in the Taksim area have been asking how long the resistance is going to last, because apparently they’re treated to meals thanks to the communal life of the protesters there. The same government that makes a fuss [...] → Read the full article…

Greenpeace: Gezi Park: A historic defence of democracy

“Find out just what people will submit to and you have found out 
the exact amount of injustice and wrong that will be imposed upon them.” Frederick Douglass, American ex-slave civil rights leader. The citizens of Istanbul now appear in control of Gezi Park, protecting one of the last and most treasured green spaces in Istanbul from conversion to a [...] → Read the full article…