I wonder if some of our freedom loving citizens were that sensitive for the stone throwing Kurdish kids. I witness an alliance between gauchist Turkish groupuscules and mainstream opposition parties and citizens against the government. Probably these groupuscules are enjoying their time as they could never get that much media attention if times were different. Ideology of these so called students have nothing to do with any democratic rights demands etc. Still, police reaction against them are unacceptable. Let me underline that. I would still campaign against police brutality. Even these assholes should satisfy themselves freely and those pro-government media institutions who pinpoint the identities of protesters should be ashamed of what they do.

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Self-defense

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
No one can explain the democratic purpose of police kicking or striking with truncheons a demonstrator who has ?surrendered? or fallen on the street.

Shadow cast over Turkey?s image

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Violent clashes between university students and police officers that took place during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s meeting with university rectors in İstanbul on Saturday have cast a shadow over Turkey?s image as a developing democracy.

Who said ?zero tolerance? to torture?

by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
I was a child when I first witnessed violence perpetrated by Turkish police. It must have been more than 30 years ago. The day has been imprinted on my mind. I first heard a police officer shouting, ?There is a state here!? (Burada devlet var!), and then riot police attacked university students whose only offense was chanting some leftist slogans. The scene was terrible; truncheons were being raised in the air and began striking the bodies of the students, who screamed and cried
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Low tolerance, über violence

by YAVUZ BAYDAR
Let it be said again. This society?s number one enemy is intolerance. During the past weekend we were all strongly reminded again just how alive and well it still is.

Democracy and tolerance

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
In the wake of the police?s violent suppression of a student protest in İstanbul during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s meeting with university rectors over the weekend and the ensuing failure of the government to openly criticize the use of force, many are calling on the government to be more tolerant to such protests, saying they are part of Turkey?s evolution into a truly democratic nation.

Police brutality makes everyone happy

by EMRE USLU
Since last Saturday Turkey has been discussing the police brutality against university students who attempted to protest outside a meeting between the prime minister and university rectors. The question is whether the conservative police were being too harsh towards the socialist student protestors.

Use of excessive force against protestors

by KERİM BALCI
The Turkish prime minister is angry about WikiLeaks and the second-hand use of the ?leaked speculations? by the main opposition party as if they counted as official documents, but on the other hand the Wiki-wars waged around these allegations saved him from being lynched by the media in the face of the use of excessive force by police against protesting youngsters.

Should students be tolerated or not?

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Just as Turkey was debating a clash between police and students in İstanbul over the weekend and the police?s use of disproportionate force against the students, a group of students from Ankara University held a protest at which they threw eggs at panelists of a conference at the university on Tuesday, prompting many to put the student protests under a magnifying glass.

Conservative web portals ‘out’ student protesters in Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Two socially conservative news portals have allegedly flouted the privacy rights of students caught up in recent protests, publishing their names, photos and personal details.

University students protest members of Turkey’s ruling, opposition parties

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Protesting against police brutality against students over weekend in Istanbul, a group of students rallied against politicians at a conference at Ankara University.

Police Officers Sued, Prime Minister Condemned

from Bianet :: English

Lawyer Kabataş filed a complaint against the police on behalf of the Students Youth Union members who were exposed to police violence in the course of a protest in Istanbul on 5 December. Several organizations condemned the incident.

The eggy democracy!

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Young people cannot be deterred from staging protests as long as the governance, chauvinism or insistence on considering students fools persists.

Turkish gov’t shows no tolerance for students tossing eggs at AKP deputy – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Should students be tolerated or not?

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Just as Turkey was debating a clash between police and students in İstanbul over the weekend and the police?s use of disproportionate force against the students, a group of students from Ankara University held a protest at which they threw eggs at panelists of a conference at the university on Tuesday, prompting many to put the student protests under a magnifying glass.

Tips for student protestors

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
According to Turkey?s chief negotiator with the European Union, Egemen Bağış, ‘students used excessive force during demonstrations’ on Saturday in Dolmabahçe.

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