Tag Archives: Gezi Park

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…

A protestor’s opinions of the referendum proposal regarding Gezi Park

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First of all, I’d like to note that the following account belongs entirely to me. It doesn’t bind my friends in the resistance. I am alone and free like a tree in the forest. I find the PM’s declaration about holding a referendum on the Gezi project insufficient and disingenuous. The Gezi Park actions  began when a handful of ecologists, [...] → Read the full article…

Academics for Gezi: Our Call

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. What started on Monday, May 27, as a movement to peacefully protest the demolition of a public park and its replacement with a shopping [...] → Read the full article…

NY Times: Turkish leader offers referendum on park at center of protests

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered on Wednesday to hold a referendum to decide the fate of the park in central Istanbul that has become the locus of protests against his government and presented him with the most serious challenge he has faced in his decade in power. But even as Mr. Erdogan seemed to indicate an attempt at compromise [...] → Read the full article…

Women’s Coalition Turkey

We are calling upon the government: immediately stop police violence and the aggressive, threatening and condescending attitude against the people. The peaceful sit-in began to counter planned construction at the Taksim Gezi park, which would replace one of downtown Istanbul’s few green spaces with a shopping mall, has evolved  into  nationwide demonstrations and people’s resistance as a result of the [...] → Read the full article…

Hurriyet Daily News: Lawyers detained for joining Gezi Park protests released

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ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News Dozens of lawyers were detained for several hours by police at Istanbul’s Çağlayan Courthouse today for joining the Taksim Gezi protests, which have been raging across the country for 15 days now. A Special Forces Unit intervened in a protest being held inside the Çağlayan Courthouse, leading to a number of lawyers falling to the [...] → 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…

Hürriyet Daily News: Molotov-throwing protesters in Taksim not our members, says socialist party

The protesters seen throwing Molotov cocktails at the police in Taksim during today’s intervention were not affiliated with the Socialist Democracy Party (SDP) despite carrying the party’s flag, an executive board member of the party has said. Aziz Küçük said an effective police siege was surrounding the party office on Taksim’s Tarlabaşı, and officials were trying to break into the [...] → Read the full article…

Hürriyet Daily News: Riot police enter Taksim’s Gezi Park

Riot police entered Gezi Park in Taksim Square at around 2 p.m. today, despite the Istanbul governor’s earlier remarks saying there would be no such operation. Live footage showed protesters chanting against the police officers, demanding that they leave the park. The police fired dozens of tear gas capsules before marching toward the park, which has been at the center [...] → Read the full article…

Hürriyet Daily News: Turkish police admits suicides, denies link to Gezi Park protests

While admitting the occurrence of suicide cases in the last two weeks, the Police Department has strictly denied that these suicides were connected to the recent Gezi Park protests. Press and Public Relations Directorate of the Police Department, in a written statement released on June 10, denied news reports which were based on remarks by police union Emniyet-Sen head Faruk [...] → Read the full article…