4 June Taksim Square. Occupiers caught in crime: Doing Yoga
This is how barricades are made:
Should Cameron, Obama, Hollande and Merkel remain tight-lipped about the disorder spreading across Turkey, we must conclude it is because they regard the measure of police force as an expedient that they themselves could ultimately resort to.
What’s happening in Turkey? If you’re actually in the country, that may be hard to tell, since many Turkish news outlets have stayed relatively quiet on the spread of protests and clashes with police across the country. While scenes from Istanbul have been splashed across the front page of U.S. newspapers, the news has been relegated to later pages in Turkish dailies. Photos posted on social media (like the one above) have shown side-by-side comparisons of CNN International and CNN Turk, the news network’s Turkish affiliate. While the global broadcast showed a live feed of protests, the Turkish channel offered up a cooking show and a documentary, Spy in the Huddle, about penguins.
What began as a protest in Istanbul over a government plan to develop the city’s last central green space has mushroomed into nationwide protests marked by violent clashes between protesters and police, who have used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators. The unrest has continued into Monday and shows no signs of abating.
Facebook and Twitter reported to have been blocked in run-up to protests, with people turning to VPNs to broadcast content
Mobile internet users in Turkey are routing around suspected censorship by its government by downloading software that encrypts and hides their connections to the outside world, as the unrest in the country grows.
Like millions inside and outside of Turkey, I spent the last four days and nights glued to my phone switching between my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Whilst local news channels showed a beauty contest, a couple of cooking shows and perhaps ironically a bunch of penguins, hundreds and thousands of people took to streets all over the country.
Rene from the German site Nerdcore sez, “A friend of mine who is staying in Istanbul right now contacted me this morning and I had the opportunity to interview a girl who is occupying Gezi Park in Turkey right now. The situation calmed down, but she told me that actually the whole city of Istanbul is up on their feet roaming the streets.”
Protesters from one of the world?s richest countries, one of the world?s oldest autocracies, and one of the world?s rising developing countries walk into … a public space, use Twitter extensively, and capture global attention to their movement and their hashtag.
After the harsh shift in the peaceful manifestations in Taksim Square against the construction of a commercial mall and the bloody outcome, both sides have lost control in every possible respect. International media rushed to depict the image of a suppresive and under-developed ?democracy? in Turkey with a political regime that infringes human rights and the right to manifest. Social media took the tally and all the world has been witnessing the outrage of Turkish people and the condemned reaction of the police and the government. I regret to say but it is not that easy to interpret what is really going in Turkey. It is a much more complicated situation and it is at least irresponsible to rush out and use pompous words and news headlines to describe the so-called ?dictatorship? of Erdogan?s regime.
After the mass protests in Istanbul and other cities on the weekend, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appealed for calm on Monday, calling the protests the work of “extremists”. According to commentators this misjudgement only justifies the popular demands for a modern democracy
Brutal assaults by the Turkish police on protesters in Istanbul and around the country during the last few days have invited a few expressions of ?concern? from EU capitals. Unfortunately, the EU?s ?concern? about the Turks? human rights is not substantiated by corresponding policy.
What unites the most heterogeneous opposition bloc Turkey has seen in the last two decades is a common protest against a government which interprets majoritarian democracy as ‘the tyranny of the majority’ and ignores criticism from opposition groups, says Gulay Turkmen-Dervisoglu
Turkey’s deputy prime minister apologizes for crackdown
Top news: Turkey’s main public sector trade union threw its weight behind the ongoing anti-government demonstrations on Tuesday, announcinga two-day strike to protest the “fascism” of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Freedom and Justice Party (AKP), CNN reports. The protests, which began last week in opposition to government plans to raze a public park, have since morphed into a widespread rebuke of Erdogan’s government.
The Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DİSK) is set to join an ongoing public sector.
By Dr. Gülçin Erdi Lelandais (Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique [CNRS], FRANCE)
As you may know, for more than a decade, many renewal projects have been realized in Istanbul and several of them have been conceived in a non democratic way with top-down decisions resulting on forced displacement of many inhabitants. There are several organizations which struggled against these projects and called for mobilization against the destruction of trees in Gezi Park on 27thMay. However, the violent police treatment of these peaceful protester
In a volatile political atmosphere confrontational police tactics ramp up aggression. As a football fan, I’ve seen them firsthand