Category Archives: Texts

11 June Taksim Platform Press Release

On the 14th day of the Gezi Park protests, resisters are responded once again with riot control vehicles and tear gas! The only difference between the police raid which happened 10 days ago at 5 am and today’s raid is the timing. Today, the police intervention started at 7 am in Taksim for a change; however, there are already tens [...] → Read the full article…

CNN: From victim to villain: Erdogan’s unfinished transformation

“Will Erdogan be able to arrive at a sober consideration of the situation and give in to the demands of the protestors in Gezi Park, call an impartial review of police brutality and reconsider the heavy policing strategies, which have turned Turkey into a police state? If he did, he would still have a chance to enter Turkish history as [...] → Read the full article…

Interview with Redhack

RedHack HalkTV Interview “Before we begin, I’d like to ask you when your penguin documentary will be on. Hello friends, comrades, the ones who defend the indivisible unity of the trees, how are you? When we hear “Gezi Park,” it represents to us how the media is censored, how auto censoring has been developed, very clearly. The fact that we [...] → Read the full article…

Counterpunch: Turkey: a Second 1848 … or 1905? – Cihan Tugal

With revolt now spreading to a bedrock of capitalist stability, there is every indication that the global wave of 2011 is still alive. Turkey, marketed to the whole world as a neoliberal success story (and to the Muslim world as a model democracy), is now up in arms against authoritarianism and free market capitalism (or rather, its urban ramifications). With [...] → Read the full article…

habersoL: Evren Kose is in critical condition!

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AKP is attacking brutally again. Evren Kose is in critical condition! As supporter’s of AKP were taking down banners  this morning, tens of protestors were injured. Among the injured, Evren Kose is in critical condition. AKP is attacking once more to kill. During the violent police attack, Evren Kose was seriously injured. Following government orders,  the police attacked on Taksim.  [...] → Read the full article…

European Parliament Resolution on the Situation in Turkey

The European Parliament, –   having regard to the European Convention on Human Rights of 1950 and its provisions on the right to freedom of association and the right to freedom of speech, –   having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1996, especially its Article 19 enshrining freedom of expression and Articles 21 and 22 enshrining freedom of [...] → Read the full article…

BMJ: Tear gas is a chemical weapon, and Turkey should not use it to torture civilians

Peaceful protests in cities throughout Turkey have been met with violence from police. The president of the Turkish Medical Association, Ahmet Ozdemir Aktan, calls for an end to inappropriate use of chemical agents Millions of Turkish citizens are outraged by the violent interference of the government in peaceful protests aimed at saving Istanbul’s Gezi Park.1 Within a few days this [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: Chamber of Chemical Engineers – “Pepper Gas is in Chemical Weapon Category”

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Architects and Engineers Chambers Union of Turkey’s Chemical Engineers Chamber listed the hazardous effects of pepper gas, saying that pepper gas bombs and bullets used by police forces took part in chemical weapon category. Architects and Engineers Chambers Union of Turkey’s (TMMOB) Chemical Engineers Chamber said that pepper gas bombs and bullets used by police forces took part in chemical [...] → Read the full article…