Lesson to the world: #GeziParki #OccupyGezi #TurkishSpring

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You get this..

June 1. The people crossing the Bosphorus at dawn. Photos via occupygezipics.tumblr.com

Why?

How many people supported that woman last night

Turkish Spring? Violent clashes rumble through the night in Istanbul

Turkish Spring:

Dear people,

Tonight, Turkey didn’t sleep. Turkey made revolution.

This is how it started. A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens camped out in the last green space of the city centre to save it from being sold out. Two nights in a row, authorities sent in the police to disperse them with massive use of tear gas and water cannons, as if they were disinfecting it from a harmful infestation.

There were dozens of wounded, tents were burned, there was blood on the streets. The park was closed and fenced in.

The people refused to accept it. Gezi Park has become a symbol for many more of their grievances. It’s not just against the private sector taking over the public space. It’s also against the assault on civil liberties under pressure from the religious right. And it’s a personal matter, with Reçep Erdogan.

A Tale From The Taksim Anti-Mall Mobilisations

the struggle over Gezi park is a microcosm of a much broader battle; it is about keeping trees in the city but its roots are much deeper.

Taksim Square is one of Istanbul’s few public spaces, and the heartbeat of its anti-establishment politics. In 1977, amidst the hostility of the Cold War, right-wing militias opened fire on a May Day demonstration and killed thirty-six protestors. Ever since it has been home to mass mobilisations and confrontations.

Gezi park joins the square from the east – a green oasis in the city’s concrete.

Related:

When all that capitalism can offer is shopping malls and asphyxiating gas, then defending a park turns into a fight for life itself.
Solidarity and respect from Athens to the people fighting in Istanbul.

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protests at Taksim Square in central Istanbul May 31, 2013 (Reuters / Osman Orsal)

images:

https://twitter.com/57UN/statuses/340569264325005312

http://rt.com/news/turkey-clashes-istanbul-park-067/

15 Responses to Lesson to the world: #GeziParki #OccupyGezi #TurkishSpring

  1. fuspey says:

    Chomsky condemns Turkish police crackdown on protestors

    Noted linguist, activist says police actions recall ‘most shameful moments of Turkish history’; two killed, 1000 injured in protests, Amnesty reports

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4387012,00.html

    What is Happenning in Istanbul?
    http://defnesumanblogs.com/2013/06/01/what-is-happenning-in-istanbul/

  2. fuspey says:

    Turkey: Protester dies as car crashes into group of demonstrators
    A 20-year-old man has died after being hit by a taxi which rammed into a group of demonstrators occupying a highway in Istanbul.

    http://www.thejournal.ie/turkey-protester-dies-as-car-crashes-into-group-of-demonstrators-935427-Jun2013/

    Turkish president defends people’s right to protest

    As police and protesters clash for fourth day Abdullah Gul contradicts prime minister’s stance, saying Turks have right to protest

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/03/turkish-protests-akp-offices-set-alight

  3. fuspey says:

    Call for solidarity, in english and another 44 languages:

    Attention! Turkish democracy needs you!

    After a series of peaceful demonstrations for preserving a recreational area in Istanbul city centre, which is planned to be demolished for the construction of a shopping mall, Turkish police attacked the protesters violently with tear gas and water cannon, directly targeting their faces and bodies. Dozens of protesters are hospitalized and access to the park is blocked without any legal basis. Turkish media, directly controlled by the government or have business and political ties with it, refuse to cover the incidents. Press agencies also blocked the information flow. Please share this message for the world to become aware of the police state created by AKP of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which is often considered to be a model for other Middle Eastern countries. Turkish democracy expects your help. Thank you!

    http://blog.occupiedlondon.org/2013/06/02/from-igoumenitsa-to-chania-solidarity-with-the-taxim-square-uprising/

  4. fuspey says:

    – BBC

    Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight editor: “I have covered Syntagma, the Occupy protests and reported from Tahrir Square. This is different to all of them. First, it is massive. The sheer numbers dwarf any single episode of civil unrest in Greece. Second, the breadth of social support – within the urban enclave of Istanbul – is bigger than Greece and closer to Egypt.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22752121

    – ROAR;

    The Turkish protests and the genie of revolution
    http://roarmag.org/2013/06/tahrir-taksim-egypt-turkey-protests-revolution/

    Turkish protests show no sign of abating — in pictures
    http://roarmag.org/2013/06/turkish-protests-show-no-sign-of-abating-in-pictures/

    Turkey: the triple strike that could change everything
    http://roarmag.org/2013/06/protests-uprising-workers-strike-turkey/

    – OTHER

    Two dead in government crackdown as Turkish union calls two-day strike http://jrnl.ie/935818 #GeziParki #OccupyGezi #TurkishSpring #protest

    Turkey: 3,195 people injured, 26 in serious or critical condition, 2 deaths ─►@ohboywhatashot http://bit.ly/15wKMUH // #occupygezi

    – VID

  5. fuspey says:

    GUARDIAN LIVE COVERAGE – tuesday 4 june

    Turkey protests: unions start two-day strike – live updates

    Live• Trade unions stage two-day strike in support of protesters
    • Protesters killed in Antakaya and Istanbul
    • US expresses alarm at the use of excessive force

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/04/turkey-protests-trade-unions-strike-live

  6. fuspey says:

    Last words of Abdullah Cömert, killed by police during protest #Turkey #DirenGeziParki #OccupyGezi #OpTurkey Link pastie.org/8004251

    “I slept 5 hours in 3 days. I have been exposed to tear gas countless times and had 3 near death experiences. They say, “Give up, you can’t save the country”. I say, “Yes, we will and we’ll die if we have to”. (I’m so exhausted, in 3 days I drank 7 energy drink and 9 painkiller pills. I have a hoarse voice but I will be in the square at 6, just in time for revolution)”.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2807687628/permalink/10151652889352629/

  7. fuspey says:

    democracynow.org/2013/6/3/a_turkish_spring_over_1_000 … A Turkish Spring? Over 1,000 Injured as Anti-Government Protests Spread Outside Istanbul @DemocracyNow_ #OccupyGezi

    2013 protests in Turkey
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_protests_in_Turkey

  8. fuspey says:

    #OccupyGezi advert paid for by Turkish protestors that will appear in the #NewYorkTimes — http://imgur.com/eJ5inlk — #Turkey #Occupy

    Warning: extremely graphic footage. This is what the Turkish government and police are doing to their own people.
    http://roarmag.org/2013/06/explicit-evidence-of-turkish-police-brutality-in-pictures/

    Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas fans united by Turkish anti-government protests.

    Turkish protesters using encryption software to evade censors
    – Facebook and Twitter reported to have been blocked in run-up to protests, with people turning to VPNs to broadcast content
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jun/04/turkish-protestors-encryption-software-evade-censors

    RT@paulmasonnews I made this sound and stills montage in #OccupyGezi last night. https://vimeo.com/67696256 #Taksim #protest #occupy #GeziParki

  9. fuspey says:

    “I am not an Athenian or a Greek citizen, but a citizen of the world.” (Socrates)

    Resistanbul: Yes, Greece is with you!
    http://eagainst.com/articles/resistanbul-yes-greece-is-with-you/

  10. fuspey says:
  11. fuspey says:

    Nice… How a Turkish Game Show Undermined Censorship of the Gezi Protests
    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/06/turkish-game-show-censorship-gezi/65964/

  12. fuspey says:

    ISTANBUL UNITED – Wonderful documentary on how the resistance against the police during the Gezi Park protests united the fans of Istanbul’s three football clubs: Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray. By Farid Eslam & Olli Waldhauer.

    WATCH TRAILER:
    http://www.istanbulunitedthemovie.com/index.html

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