Category Archives: Personal stories

Bianet: No Doubt, These Kids Know Things – İrem Dönmez

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We went out on the streets. We liked our fists more when they were raised, we liked our voices better when they were multiplied with other voices. Puzzled, angry, we shouted. We were injured and murdered. Even so, we heightened our hope.   Things were not all right in the country. At the break of dawn the tents of good people [...] → Read the full article…

Cumhuriyet: Pepper spray has left him mute!

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During the Gezi resistance Mehmet Istif (36) was sprayed into his face with pepper gas  causing severe injuries to the inside of his mouth.  These injuries have been  treated for the past month. Istif, who has lost one fourth of his tongue and has difficulties in speaking, said, “I will apply to the judiciary for the identification of the chemical [...] → Read the full article…

Etha: She has been subjected to torture while her rib was fractured!

“The resistance of revolutionaries and people will teach AKP a painful lesson” says Beycan Taşkıran, ESP Istanbul Provincial Executive, who had a rib fractured during the police attack which started on June 15th against the Gezi Park protests and who had been put in an airless jail cell for 4 days right after being detained. Beycan Taşkıran is a socialist [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: Wanna eat sunflower seeds, heval? – Özlem Akcan

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The country’s east and west are both resisting. “Long live the brotherhood of people” chants are echoing everywhere. It was a mistake to expect those in power to bring about peace, so now the people are taking over the process. We enter Taksim with slogans, folk songs, people bumping into each other and apologizing, chanting “Come, come, come!” and the [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: Being a “student” in Gezi resistance

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It was towards midnight when my students, once again, came to rescue me in the moment of devastation under the influence of gas; they found me sitting on the ground at the corner of a side-street… I had run out of Talcid solution and water. I was enormously excited when Bianet’s editorial director, Haluk Kalafat, first talked about the idea [...] → Read the full article…

Şiddet Öyküleri: “I am a citizen-journalist now!”

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Berhan Soner, working for Olay Newspaper, which has been published in Bursa for 17 years now, and undertaking the editorial work for the online version of the newspaper, has been just another journalist who was condemned during the Gezi Park events. Soner drew government’s attention by what he wrote on Twitter, which is described as a “menace” by the PM [...] → Read the full article…

habersoL: We met during the resistance- A rapper called Ozbi, A song called ‘Asi’

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We interviewed Onur Dursun, aka Ozbi, who received attention with the song called “Asi” (Rebel) and its video that he made for the Gezi Resistance. “The fear wall has been broken. It depends on little sparks after this point. I am not a politician but organizing is much needed.” Onur Dursun, aka Ozbi, who received attention with the video he [...] → Read the full article…

The guardian: My sacking is an attack not just on journalism, but on Turkish democracy

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By Yavuz Baydar Turkey needs freedom of expression more than ever. Erdoğan’s clampdown could stop dead our transition to a liberal democracy Last week I was fired from my job as independent ombudsman for the Turkish daily newspaper Sabah, following the censoring of my column. I had worked for the newspaper in this position since 2004. I had been hired [...] → Read the full article…

Evrensel: He’s painted the Gezi Resistance on ceramic, and got fired

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During the Gezi process, the painter Noyan Yayla has always been critical about the government and reacted to the brutal police interventions through his art, and he has been fired by the Güray Seramik House, where he was working. His ceramic work with the graffiti tag, “Shut up, Tayyip!”written on it was broken into pieces. The incident has aroused the [...] → Read the full article…

Şiddet Öyküleri: “I am looking for the witnesses of the police violence I was subjected to”

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A young woman, who rode a bike, photographed the events helped people the during Gezi protests in Ankara on 2 June, has been beaten up by the police while eating at a cafe. She was harshly abused by the police for half an hour because she had a cycle helmet that was taken as evidence of ‘being a demonstrator’. She [...] → Read the full article…