Updates: International solidarity with the resistance in Taksim Gezi Park
We fully support the protesters in Turkey.
International solidarity with the resistance in Taksim Gezi Park in 34 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!”
Updates, with videos and photos, can be found on this blog: http://resistaksim.tumblr.com/
I have received this message
Friends–sorry to bother you with politics, but I am in Turkey after all and its part of the air you breathe here. Our internet may be cut soon–so just wanted to get the word out as publicity is the only weapon we have at the moment. Protests everywhere–mostly peaceful. Police attacking them with gas, tanks, and plastic bullets. Turkish news is censored–over 20,000 people in Taksim, 4 dead, 400 injured, hospitals overflowing and CNN Turkey talks about best way to attract butterflies. We went down last night and saw old ladies marching, children marching–police attacking all of them with billy clubs and ‘orange gas’. Protests in our street till 4AM and continued at dawn. (Took an hour break?) Take a look at my facebook page or twitter account for more information and just tell somebody! We are okay, don’t worry. Our neighborhood is quiet now and police violence seems concentrated far away from us so…so no worries on our part. Thanks for listening. https://www.facebook.com/jeff.gibbs.395?hc_location=stream”
I am retweeting everything on http://www.twitter.com/joeyayoub
“‘The Taksim project will go ahead,’ Erdogan said. ‘If you bring 100,000, I’ll bring out a million.’
Reddit: Based on requests, the pictures of the protests going on in Turkey. You will see how big the protest is. It is believed it has reached 1 million people througout Turkey. You will also see how brutally violent the police is. Link
A redditor is providing invaluable information here.
Mashallah News, Diren Gezi Day 6
“Some notes and reflections on what has so far transpired during #occupygezi as we enter the 6th day:”
What is happening in Istanbul? a blogger answers
“Four days ago a group of people who did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least one in every neighborhood! The tearing down of the trees was supposed to begin early Thursday morning. People went to the park with their blankets, books and children. They put their tents down and spent the night under the trees. Early in the morning when the bulldozers started to pull the hundred-year-old trees out of the ground, they stood up against them to stop the operation.”
CNN iReport: Turkish Police shoots unarmed protestor then celebrates!
Heartwarming images from Turkey on Imgur
2famoustv Istanbul: Heart of the World on Fire
In case of social media blockade, Wikileaks has provided ways around it.
Global Voices Online: Istanbul Protests trough the eyes of a Ukrainian Journalist
LiveLeak: killing of Abdullah Comert, 22 year-old activist.
AlJazeera‘s live blog is interesting
Redditor captures video of police shooting a people high as 10th floor, just cause they’re recording
DemocracyNow! A Turkish Spring? Over 1,000 Injured as Anti-Government Protests Spread Outside of Istanbul
GlobalVoicesOnline: If you are wondering how a campaign to save a park became Turkey’s biggest protest in recent history, you need to read this
VICE reports: Istanbul Rising
BBC’s Virtual Map of the protests