Tag Archives: Gezi Park

FIDH: Human Rights Foundation Turkey Fact sheet on Gezi Park Protest as of July 12th

Document released by the Documentation Centre of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) [1] [2] [3] Demonstrations that began on 28 May 2013 to protect Gezi Park but then turned into protests demanding basic rights and freedoms in reaction to the violence committed by the police, spread across Turkey ( excluding Bingöl and Bayburt as per Ministry of Interior’s [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: Machete-holding man


MACHETE-HOLDING MAN Suspect Flees Abroad As Judge Releases For “No Runaway Risk” Sabri Çelebi, a man who attacked Gezi Park demonstrators with a machete, has been released by a court. “All newspaper covering the issue before final court decision are responsible for this,” advocate Hacer Yılmaz told bianet. By Ayca Celebi ayca@bianet.org Istanbul BIA News Desk Sabri Çelebi, a man [...] → Read the full article…

Gerçek Gündem: Where is the Gezi resister Gürcan Siviş?


Gezi Park resister university student has been missing for 24 days Gürcan Siviş, a student at Statistics department of Mimar Sinan University, who was at the demonstrations at Gezi Park on 18 June and seen at Taksim for the last time has been missing for 24 days. Siviş did not go home after talking to his mother on the phone [...] → Read the full article…

Jadaliyya: Brand Turkey and the Gezi protests: authoritarianism, law, and neoliberalism (part one), Asli Igsiz


Neoliberalism, Illegality, and State of Exception in Turkey The Gezi Park protests, and the state response to them, have crystallized larger dynamics in Turkey. These include recent legal changes and their contribution to the institutionalization of neoliberalism, centralization of powers, allegations of cronyism, authoritarianism, and encroachment on professional independence and labor rights. Overall, these protests offer a valuable opportunity to [...] → Read the full article…

Love in the time of revolution – Şirin Öten


We learn all our lives. We learn to do hundreds of things to give meaning to life but especially to make money. Nowadays money has to be part of our lives either as an objective or as a means. “Do we live to make money or do we make money to live?” That is the question. Whatever our profession, the money that we [...] → Read the full article…

World Bulletin: Two different iftars in Taksim


Turkish police allowed thousands of protesters who have been trying to block the redevelopment of a park in Istanbul to break their Ramadan fast on Tuesday before resuming efforts to get them to leave the area. The previous night police fired teargas and water cannon at protesters as they tried to prevent them gathering in Gezi Park. Two leftist groups, [...] → Read the full article…

Firatnews: It turned out to be that the bullets used were not harmless but had small metal balls in them


Police forces firing rubber bullets at the Gezi Park resisters from anti-riot armored vehicles, aka scorpions, used bullets containing metal balls and not colored dye. The bullet that wounded tradesman Volkan Kesanbilici and caused him to lose his left eye had dozens of metal balls in it. Kesanbilici was hit on May 31 by a police bullet fired from a [...] → Read the full article…

Başka haber: On the night Ali İsmail Korkmaz was beaten “They were hitting to kill”


Ali İsmail Korkmaz, 19, who was beaten up by an unidentified group while he was runing away from tear gas firing of the police at Gezi Park solidarity demonstrations in Eskişehir on 2 June 2013, has passed away at Osmangazi University Hospital. An entry on Ekşi Sözlük – an online urban dictionary in Turkish – tells about the events of [...] → 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

Firatnews: First police aimed to kill, and then came to pull the plug?


Two plain-clothes officers posing as well-wishers attempted to enter the Taksim Ilkyardim Hospital Intensive Care Unit where 16-year-old Mustafa Ali Tombul was being treated after a tear gas canister broke his skull. Tombul, a high school student, had brain surgery after being injured during demonstrations in the Tarlabaşı neighborhood of Istanbul. New details relating to the police assault on Mustafa [...] → Read the full article…