For Our Foreign Readers: Please Read and Share!
For our dear foreign readers,
Please direct your attention to what's happening in Turkey; and join us in our cause! A peaceful sit-in was started a couple of days ago to protect a small park at the heart of İstanbul and prevent it being turned into a shopping mall. These responsible citizens were brutally attacked by the police under orders of the current government.
This assault resulted in a greater support for the protests by the residents of Istanbul, which was followed up in most major cities. These events quickly developed into protests against the recent actions and pressure of the government: restrictions on advertising, selling, and consumption of alcoholic beverages; building of a third intercontinental bridge that will destroy Istanbul's forests. They managed to get a powerful reaction from an apolitical generation of bright and educated people by dealing excessive injustice.
Unfortunately, these happenings are not covered by the Turkish media which are controlled by the government. We are our own media and we have to spread these news! There are only few channels, press agencies and newspapers covering these events and the excessive force carried out by the police. These respectable people also received their share from the violence. Their equipment were damaged and they were gassed intentionally to prevent them from covering the police brutality. GSM signals were jammed and mobile internet was blocked in Taksim. Yet, Taksim inhabitants, in admirable cooperation, removed the passwords from their internet connection to help distribute news, photos and videos.
All public transportation to Taksim area was cancelled since yesterday to prevent the rest of the responsible citizens to join with the main protest group. Yesterday, the last group that arrived to Taksim with metro was attacked with gas canisters along with the tourists and other people while they were still in the metro station, an indoor area.
Today, people are crossing continents on foot to reach Taksim, by walking tens of miles while chanting the national anthem and national marches. People have unified: leftists, rightists, religious socialists, supporters of rival teams. Doctors posted their cell numbers to supply first air to people stranded at locations where ambulances cannot reach. Lawyers posted their cell numbers represent people taken into custody.
Police is generous in distributing mayhem of peace and order. They are aiming the heads and bodies of peaceful protestors with gas canisters and water canons in hope for incapacitating by permanently injuring them while provoking others. Their gas supplies are depleted and are calling for reinforcements from other cities. Many people were injured and hospitalised, and unofficially there are many deaths.
Many people are suffering from cerebral trauma, among whom are even reporters and a member of the parliament who came to support the cause. Also street animals were affected by the tear gas and protestors and local people are helping them.
The gas used by the police is not a tear gas, but pepper gas, which is not supposed to be used on humans according to European standards. It stings the throat and lungs rendering people breathless as well as sightless. It triggers asthma even on healthy individuals. It causes people to puke and suffer in agony.
The civil unrest is like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Not only in İstanbul also in Ankara, in my city İzmir and so many other cities, this resistance has started. Spread the word and help us in our quest for protecting our parks, forests, freedom expression, and civil rights tyranny.
*Yazının çoğu kısmı arkadaşım Özgür Kaya'nın Facebook'ta 01.06.2013 tarihinde paylaştığı durum güncellemesinden alınmıştır. Buradan ona çok teşekkür ediyorum.
I'd like to thank my friend Özgür Kaya, to consent me share his Facebook profile page status here.