T24: Erdoğan: The Demonstrators in Taksim are not behaving honestly, I am asking who is my addressee?


Erdogan criticized the demonstrators and blamed the media. He said: “Take a look and notice the game being played here. There have been mistakes in the use of pepper gas, sure. However. the Topcu barracks will still be built.” Erdoğan, added that the entrance of the barracks could either be built as a mall or a city museum. Prime Minister [...] → Read the full article…

Amnesty International: Turkey: Disgraceful use of excessive police force


Urgent steps must be taken by the Turkish authorities to prevent further deaths and injuries and allow protesters access to their fundamental rights, as well as ensuring the security of all members of the public, Amnesty International said following reports of more than 1,000 injuries and at least two deaths of protesters in Istanbul. Amnesty International kept its office, which [...] → Read the full article…

“There, on that day, I got 20 years older”

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  I will tell you the flow of the events. Like most of the people here, we have been in Gezi Park since the first day. On the very first day, bulldozers entered the park, but a group of twenty people stopped them. We went to the park on the following day and saw people setting up tents, we decided [...] → Read the full article…

Sunday’s Zaman: Erdoğan shot himself in the foot in Taksim

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protests at Taksim Square in central İstanbul on May 31, 2013. (Photo: Reuters, Osman Orsal)

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) emerged as a source of hope in 2001 amidst an atmosphere of chaos and instability in Turkey. The Turkish public was so fed up with long years of coalition governments, deteriorating economy and anti-democratic interventions in politics by non-civilian forces that within a short period of time, the AK Party garnered the [...] → Read the full article…

Aljazeera: Turkey arrests anti-government protesters

At least 60 people detained as Istanbul protest spreads to Ankara and Izmir, with tear gas sprayed and many injured. Turkish authorities have arrested dozens of people protesting in the fiercest anti-government demonstrations the country has witnessed in years, with riot police firing tear gas on demonstrators in Istanbul and Ankara. At least 60 people were detained on Friday as [...] → Read the full article…

LiveLeak: Woman protester headshot by police tear gas gun

İstanbul – Police intervened in a group of people at Taksim Gezi Park
in Istanbul by using tear gas and pressurized water against those
protesting the demolition of the park and uprooting of the trees since
Monday. A group of protestors who gathered at Taksim Square was dispersed by police using pressurized water and tear gas.

In the intervention, some protestors were injured. Medical teams arrived on the scene and treated them.

A woman (Lavna Allani) with head injury was taken to hospital. Her medical condition is critical and skull is broken.

Within the scope of the Taksim pedestrianization project, approved by the
government in February 2012, the Gezi Park walls facing the Elmadag area
were demolished by construction workers on Monday night. Shortly after,
a group of protesters came to the park to prevent further uprooting of
the trees and demolition of walls.Earlier, Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan commented on the protests by saying that the government
had made its decision and there would be no U-turn in this regard.



31 May 2012
Source: liveleak.com

Bianet: Court Suspends Construction Project in Taksim Gezi Park

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Istanbul 6th Administration Court suspended the Topçu Barracks Project – publicly known as the planned construction of a shopping mall at Taksim Gezi Park in downtown Istanbul. Istanbul 6th Administration Court suspended the Topçu Barracks Project – publicly known as the planned construction of a shopping mall at Taksim Gezi Park in downtown Istanbul. Acting upon a motion from Taksim [...] → Read the full article…