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  • Gezi (s)Park ignites the brightest fire in Turkey ever

    Another night is over in Turkey, where the "Occupy" movement which began in May 26, has spread into a national protest against the Prime Minister and his regime.
    The protest had started as a peaceful environmental protest, where people were trying to protect the "Gezi Park" in Taksim Square from being demolished for a shopping mall, however they faced an overpowered police resistance. People were attacked by tear gas and water cannons, their tents were burnt down, and they were attacked violently. The subway entrance was bombarded with tear gas and closed, and some people were trapped in shops or cafes. This started a movement all around the country where people literally walked (even crossed the bridge to join) in thousands to support and be there, with the ones now standing for freedom. The national press published nothing, and acted as if everything was "normal and peaceful", while people from 7 to 77 stayed awake to keep on spreading the word and help calls from Twitter and Facebook. People took gas masks, and homemade remedies against tear gas with them, joining the movement as families. Many shops, restaurants, hotels, and even brothels opened their doors to help the wounded, cleaning and feeding them. Doctors and medicine students rushed to Taksim, publishing their cell phones from Twitter, while almost all Wi-Fi spots in the region deactivated their passwords, in order to provide the protesters with free online access. The security cameras were deactivated in the region to prevent any "proof" of what was done, but people kept on shooting with their cell phones and cameras. The football team supporters who usually used to brutally fight each other, walked to the square hand in hand, singing songs and shouting slogans. Many celebrities were also present, both online and on scene, where many of them were injured or effected by the tear gas resistance. Many people have died, hundreds have been injured. However activists kept on increasing the crowd, spreading the word, and resist the police raid. Many protesters were arrested, but the fear threshold was broken. Willing to breathe the tear gas or be beaten, people walked sleepless to the streets, in different parts of Istanbul, and other cities like Izmir, Eskisehir, and Ankara. People filled buses to come to Istanbul from Trabzon, and even Van and Agri.

    There are many things to say, about what has been going on in here. But I can say that, it was a night without sexual identity, soccer team fans, ethnic class, color, age, occupation... The protests showed that people in here could not and would not tolerate the government anymore. The protests will be held today in many more cities, already published on social media.

    BBC News - Istanbul protests: Second day of unrest in Turkey
    Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life's key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech.

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    Turkish Summer?
    Those who know don't speak
    He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. Luke 22:36

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    • #3
      I've been following this via the media Big K. Stay safe and try to keep us informed of developments.
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      • #4
        Bo

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        Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life's key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech.

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        • #5
          https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BLqA8HwCEAA1b3i.jpg:large
          Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life's key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech.

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          • #6
            Big K, can you expand on what happened?

            Are there things that the protestors are demanding or is just an all around frustration with the government?

            The only reason given for the protest by the BBC article is that the people are frustrated over the "continuing Islamisation of the country"....

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            • #7
              The protest started as a totally unarmed and a very peaceful act demanding the government to stop the demolition of the park, but the overpowered raid against them triggered a national movement. Most of the national press published (and still publishes) nothing.
              Today, almost every city in Turkey (and some abroad) will be holding protests in different time schedules, and keep on resisting. Now the movement is towards the government, not only the park, not only rights taken away, not only the third bridge, not only the arrested soldiers and reporters. Everything that added up until this last drop, turned into a movement directly opposing the government. If the protests keep on (which I believe is certain after we saw what happened last night) for 48 hours, the secular opposition will be legally eligible to ask the ruling party to step down.


              Please see below only a few of the comments published and pics:

              "There is a real war in Turkey right now, between the innocent folk and the police. Yesterday a 26 year old girl was killed by the police, just because she wanted to protest building of a shopping mall on a lovely public park. I was there too for protesting, just like tousands of people, who does not carry any tool except gas masks and phones. I mean the people who do not belong to any political organization or ethnic group and not supported or provocated by any organization. Police keeps attacking using tear gas, pepper spray and even plastic bullets, several people were killed and many injured but we will not stop resisting untill the goverment stops insulting our human rights, although they have no clue about it. Besides, turkish media is hiding the truth, because they are under control of a fascist goverment!"



              https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...&type=1&ref=nf
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                now we have a march
                Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life's key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech.

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                • #9
                  Gezi Park
                  Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life's key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech.

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                  • #10
                    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BLrFSRJCUAAaBMY.jpg:large

                    heres my nominee for Miss Turkey...
                    Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life's key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech.

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                    • #11
                      I never thought there would be such widespread demonstrations in Turkey. Didn't the Erdogan government win the last election by a landslide? Why is there such discontent then? Government Islamism? Something else?
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                      • #12


                        at my door step...
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Minskaya View Post
                          I never thought there would be such widespread demonstrations in Turkey. Didn't the Erdogan government win the last election by a landslide? Why is there such discontent then? Government Islamism? Something else?
                          he took around 50% but hes real core potential is around 20%'s.

                          the rest gave their vote just because:

                          during 2002 economical crisis bush accepted him to the White House BEFORE the elections which was taken as a clear sign for the support of US. plus the coalition was sucking badly. so he seemed as the only way out of the crisis.

                          later at 2007 BEFORE elections country needed to be stay economically safe. and there was a huge lack of gutted opposition (which is still a problem) and he was again the only choice for many. and i must tell that the 2007 elections are still a topic to discuss about.

                          the majority of Turks (i mean not only the ethnic Turks but the whole "millet") were silently watching for years...

                          dont underestimate the power of Ataturk and his legacy.
                          Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life's key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech.

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                          • #14
                            Atención! La democracia turca les necesita!
                            Tras de una serie de manifestaciones pacíficas para proteger una zona verde recreacional en el centro de la ciudad de Estambul que está prevista para ser demolida para la construcción de un centro comercial, la policía turca atacó a los manifestantes, violentamente con gases lacrimógenos y cañones de agua a presión, apuntándoles directamente a las caras y los cuerpos. Decenas de manifestantes están heridos y el acceso al parque está bloqueado sin ninguna base legal. Los medios de comunicación turcos, controlados directamente por el gobierno o que tienen relaciones comerciales y políticas con el gobierno, evitan hablar de los incidentes. Las agencias de prensa, también, han bloqueado la circulación de información.
                            Por favor, comparte este mensaje para que el mundo este consciente del estado policial creado por AKP del Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, que a menudo está considerado como un modelo para los otros países de Oriente Medio. La democracia turca espera tu apoyo. Muchas gracias!

                            Atenció! La democràcia turca us necessita!
                            Després d’una sèrie de manifestacions pacífiques per a protegir una àrea d’esbarjo al centre d’Istambul que està prevista per a ser demolida per a la construcció d’un centre comercial, la policia turca ha atacat als manifestants, violentament amb gasos lacrimògens i canons d’aigua a pressió, apuntant-los directament a les cares i als cossos. Desenes de manifestants estan ferits i l’accés al parc està bloquejat sense cap base legal. Els mitjans de comunicació turcs, controlats directament pel govern o que tenen relacions comercials i polítiques amb el govern, refusen parlar dels incidents. Les agències de premsa, també, han bloquejat la circulació d’informació.
                            Si us plau, compartiu aquest missatge per a que el món sigui conscient de l’estat policíac creat pel AKP del Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, que sovint està considerat com a un model per als altres països de l’Orient Mitjà. La democràcia turca espera el teu suport. Moltes gràcies!

                            À VOTRE ATTENTION! LA DÉMOCRATIE TURQUE, ELLE A BESOIN DE VOUS!
                            En suite d’une manifestation pour la conservation d’un parc au sein du quartier central d’Istanbul qui est envisagé d’être démoli pour la construction d’un centre commercial, la police turque a lancée une attaque violente contre les manifestants paisibles avec du gaz lacrymogène visé directement sur les corps des gens et de l’eau à haute pression. Dizaines des protestants sont hospitalisés et l’accès au parc est bloqué sans base légale. Les médias turcs, qui sont directement contrôlé ou ont des liaisons politiques et économiques avec le gouvernement, refusent de traiter les incidents. Les agences de presse turques également bloque la diffusion de l’information sur les évènements.
                            SVP, diffusez ce message pour que le monde prenne conscience de l’état policier turc crée par l’AKP de Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, qui est souvent considéré comme un modèle exemplaire pour des pays du Moyen-Orient. La démocratie turque s’attend à votre soutien. Merci!

                            Attention! Turkish democracy needs you!

                            After a series of peaceful demonstrations for preserving a recreational area in Istanbul city center which is planned to 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!

                            לתשומת לבכם/ן !
                            הדמוקרטיה בטורקיה זקוקה לכם/ן !
                            לאחר סדרת הפגנות שלוות לשימור אזור לרווחת התושבים, במרכז איסטנבול, שיועד להריסה לטובת בנייה של קניון, החליטה משטרת טורקיה לתקוף מפגינים באלימות, לפזרם בגז מדמיע ותותחי מים, המכוונים ישירות לפניהם וגופם !
                            עשרות מפגינים מאושפזים עם פגיעות פיזיות, הגישה לפארק נחסמה באופן לא חוקי. התקשורת הטורקית, הנשלטת ישירות על ידי הממשלה, או בקשרים עסקיים עימה, מסרבת לתעד או להתייחס לכל ההנ"ל !
                            כל הגישות לסוכניות עיתונות זרה – גם חסומות.
                            אנא שתפו הודעה זו, בתקווה שהעולם יתוודע למדינת המשטרה שיצרה מפלגת ה AKP ברשות ארדואן, ממשלה שנלקחת רבות כדוגמא למדינות נוספות במזרח התיכון.
                            Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life's key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech.

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                            • #15
                              #occupygezi
                              Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy rather in power than use; and keep thy friend under thine own life's key; be checked for silence, but never taxed for speech.

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