Category Archives: Protests

Radikal: Burcu Sarak tells what she’s gone through in the Gezi lockup


Music group Grup Abdal’s singer Burcu Sarak was taken into custody on the 6th of July. Her mother was also taken into custody because she didn’t want to let the police take her daughter. Burcu Sarak tells what she has gone through in the detention house: “They made my friend strip stark naked; they insulted and swore me; they didn’t [...] → Read the full article…

Global Dialogues: Letter to the President of Turkey


I joined my colleagues, the faculty of the New School for Social Research, in expressing our deep concern over the escalation of repression in Turkey. Here is our letter of protest. To His Excellency Abdullah Gül President of the Republic of Turkey T.C. Cumhurbaşkanlığı Genel Sekreterliği 06689 Çankaya Ankara, Turkey July 1, 2013 Your Excellency, We write to you to [...] → Read the full article…

The Beginning

Başlangıç (The Beginning) tells the story of the anti-government protests that gripped Turkey from May 2013.
What began as an occupation of a central Istanbul park by environmental protesters angry at plans to develop it into a shopping center, quickly developed into nationwide protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his increasingly conservative Islamic policies.

Başlangıç – Istanbul Rising from Dominic Brown on Vimeo.

Filmed & produced by Dominic Brown

BBC News: Turkish police disperse Gezi Park protesters

Istanbul’s governor said the park was not for “forums, occupations or marches”   Turkish police have fired tear gas and water cannon at people trying to enter an Istanbul park that was the focus of last month’s anti-government protests. Istanbul’s governor reopened Gezi Park – next to Taksim Square – to the public earlier on Monday, but shut it again [...] → Read the full article…

Hürriyet Daily News: FEMEN stages protest against Turkish government at Istanbul airport


Source for the image: One suspected FEMEN activist flashed her breasts at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport to protest Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. She also unfurled a banner reading “Erdoğan from Istanbul To Kabul.” She was immediately detained by police. A feminist activist from the radical protest group Femen is arrested by Turkish police as she protests against [...] → Read the full article…

The Economist: The aftermath of the unrest in Turkey – Tear gas as a dangerous weapon

The Economist July 5 2013

THE mass anti-government demonstrations that have rocked Turkey over the past month are dying down and only now is the full horror of police abuse against protestors beginning to emerge. Human-rights groups say the use of tear gas as a weapon marks a new chilling trend among Turkey’s notoriously nasty riot police. Hasan Kilicgedik, a thirty-year-old Kurd, was among the [...] → Read the full article…