Tag Archives: AKP

National Lawyers Guild: NLG letter to progressive Turkish legal groups

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We would like to extend our sincere solidarity with our fellow lawyers and legal workers fighting for the rights of all those who have been detained, arrested, and violently attacked for peaceful protest in the last few weeks. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is closely following the situation in Turkey. We are aware of the extent of death, injury, and [...] → Read the full article…

Yurt: Resisters Talk: An AKP supporter mother and a police father

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Berkay Güven is a veterinary surgeon. He is one of those who participated in Gezi resistance since Day 1. He was hit on Tuesday, June 11. He was taken into intensive care unit with suspected cerebral hemorrhage, because of the crack on his skull. After surviving the critical hours, he was taken to the service. He was able to talk during our visit but constantly [...] → Read the full article…

Please listen, hear us, and accept our existence

History is written at Gezi Park in İstanbul, in an unexpected way, at an unexpected moment and by unexpected people. And after the use of disproportionate force, the violence snowballed and spread to many cities and neighborhoods. Unbelievable things have happened. Unbelievable cases of violence took place. But what for? Wouldn’t it be nice if everything went as smooth as [...] → Read the full article…

We were detained and able to return home after three days

On July 19th at 7 PM, we were released from Caglayan Courthouse. Police attack at Gazi Park on Saturday night included use of acidified water cannon in front of Divan Hotel against peaceful visitors of the park. Furthermore, the police fired pepper gas and tear gas bombs at at masses of protesters who responded to police violence in front of [...] → Read the full article…

Jadaliyya: Defining the terrain of struggle in Taksim

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In the past weeks, the Gezi Park occupation has weathered a ferocious police deployment accompanied by an almost ceaseless barrage of tear gas, plastic bullets, and water cannons directed at the peaceful congregration at the heart of Taksim. According to the latest report of the Turkish Medical Association, as of 17 June, 7,882 people have been hospitalized; four are confirmed [...] → Read the full article…

Reporters Without Borders: Mounting police violence against journalists covering ‘Occupy Gezi”

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Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the continuing arbitrary arrests and escalating violence against journalists covering anti-government demonstrations in Turkey. At least eight journalists were briefly arrested yesterday in Istanbul. Violence spread after the police retook Istanbul’s Gezi Park on the evening of 15 June. Media personnel were kept at a distance from the police operation and access to Taksim Square [...] → Read the full article…

Jadaliyya: It is about the Park: A struggle for Turkey’s cities

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It is with alarming regularity that I read coverage of the protests and ensuing police brutality that erupted in Gezi Park and Taksim Square, Istanbul that emphatically insists that the confrontations are about “so much more than a park.” Reassuring their readers that the protests are not about something as silly or simple as the defense of a small park [...] → Read the full article…

Hurriyet Daily News: Police to consider protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square terror organization members: Minister

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ISTANBUL – Everyone who enters Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the heart of nearly 20-day-long protests against the government, will be considered a member or a supporter of a terrorist organization, Turkey’s European Union minister said in a televised interview late last night. “I request our citizens who supported the protests until today kindly to return to their homes,” Egemen Bağış said [...] → Read the full article…

Jadaliyya: ‘Ottomanalgia’ and the protests in Turkey

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It was the sixth day since a peaceful sit-in had begun in Gezi Park in Istanbul to protect the last remaining green space in the center of the city. Protests had spread throughout the country due to the excessive use of force by police, including tear gas, water cannons, and plastic bullets against protesters from various backgrounds. On this same [...] → Read the full article…