Tag Archives: Gezi Park

US News: How Turkey’s Leaders Are Exploiting Egypt’s Coup – Claire Berlinski

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If you’re reading the American press, you might think that the protests in Turkey have died down. Nothing could be further from the truth. Stranger still, if you are reading the Turkish press, you might conclude that you are in Egypt, because that seems to be the only topic of conversation. This is why: Conventional wisdom has it that the [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: Taksim Solidarity released a statement: “All detainees must Be Released”

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Taksim Solidarity held a press conference this morning, urging the immediate release of their detained members. “It was the people who ensured the status of park as it is,” they said. Taksim Solidarity held a press conference this morning – in the aftermath of last night’s police violence on Gezi Parkers and detention of several Taksim Solidarity members. The press [...] → Read the full article…

Amnesty International: Turkey must release peaceful Taksim protesters

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The Turkish authorities must immediately release peaceful demonstrators who were detained in Taksim yesterday. They must also investigate allegations of the excessive use of force after riot police used tear gas and water canons to clear the square and neighbouring Gezi park, Amnesty International said. “The authorities in Turkey have the duty to ensure people can peacefully gather and express [...] → Read the full article…

99GetSmart.com: Turkey: citizen journalism under attack; facebook collaborates

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Posted by SnakeArbusto and greydogg, 99GetSmart Submitted by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan, from Istanbul Update from Turkey 7 July 2013: The Bar Association in Izmir organized a press conference stating that the Twitter arrests in the aftermath of the Gezi protests were based on illegally gathered information and no court decision. The police had staged a pre-emptive arrest of the [...] → Read the full article…

New York Times: Turkish police break up protest with tear gas

ISTANBUL — Turkish police officers fired volleys of tear gas at protesters who tried to enter a cordoned-off park near Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square on Saturday, hours after the city’s governor warned that the demonstration was illegal and that participants would be dispersed. A few thousand people converged on the square, with the aim of entering Gezi Park, whose redevelopment [...] → Read the full article…

CBC News: Protesters near Taksim Square blasted with tear gas

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Turkish police fired volleys of tear gas at protesters who tried to enter a cordoned-off park near Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square on Saturday, hours after the city’s governor warned the demonstration was illegal and participants would be dispersed. A few thousand people converged on the square, with the aim of entering Gezi Park, whose redevelopment plans sparked anger and morphed [...] → Read the full article…

The marginal chappuler in the video images of the Dolmabahçe police violence: “Why was I the last man down?” Selçuk Uygur

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Hello everybody, I would like to tell you about the incidents myself as the main protagonist of the videos showing the “Dolmabahçe Polis Violence” recorded on the 2nd of June 2013 at night in Dolmabahçe and broadcast on youtube. I am the person that the police tried to lynch in those images after the Billboard Resistance. Those of you who are [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: The life of the university student beaten in Eskişehir is still in critical condition

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Ali İsmail Korkmaz, battered by civilians weilding bats in their hands in Eskişehir, was disconnected from the breathing machine; however, his life is still in critical condition. The camera images the prosecution office demanded are deleted or damaged. Ali İsmail Korkmaz, 19, attacked by civilians weilding bats in their hands in Eskişehir, started to breath himself; however, his life is [...] → Read the full article…

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…

Technosociology.org: “Come, Come, Whoever You Are.” As a Pluralist Movement Emerges from Gezi Park in Turkey

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After the Gezi Park occupation was dispersed, dozens of neighborhood forums popped up around Istanbul where people get together to discuss a variety of issues. I’ve been attending these neighborhood forums, which are are organized in an “agora” format where speakers line up and take turns to speak. While media attention remains on the  frequent Taksim Square demonstrations, the forums [...] → Read the full article…