The 19th Day in #OccupyTurkey After government retreats, Gezi Occupiers decides to reduce the scope of Occupation. HOWEVER,

However, AKP is organizing two major rallies in Ankara and İstanbul this weekend. In this evening’s Ankara rally, PM Erdoğan repeated the same lies about the Occupiers,already debunked accusations and relied heavily to play with AKP voters’ religious sensitivities. I do not exaggarate, in my life, I have never seen such crude and intense exploitation of religious sentiments. Erdoğan’s last speech trigger many citizens to continue the Protests… Besides, new government provocations continue. More rumors of threats over Twitter users, investigations of doctors who helped wounded protesters etc fuel the unrest among citizens…

RT @smnenglish: police terror continues. #WorldMediaGoToAnkara

Turkey’s protests fuelled by leader’s quest to restore Islam

Prime Minister Erdogan wants the Ottoman-era military barracks rebuilt in Taksim Square to revive the founding of the modern state as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2023.
Protesters in Turkey Vow to Continue Fight

The leaders of a protest group in Istanbul said Saturday that they were disavowing a compromise with Turkey?s leader and would continue occupying a disputed park.
What?s Next? A New Party. A New Politics.

The respected political scientist Soli Ozel has written a thoughtful essay for the Washington Post about what the uprisings and the government?s reactions mean for Turkey and whether they are really over. An excerpt:

Eyewitness: Istanbul, Turkey

Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series

Turkish protesters vow to remain in Gezi Park despite Erdoğan concession

Camp’s representatives say they will continue their resistance, after PM agrees to suspend redevelopment plans

Protesters occupying Gezi Park in Istanbul have vowed to continue their two-week-old sit-in despite government appeals to leave.

Turkey’s challenge: Find compromise before violence expands

A leader of Turkey’s ruling party held out the possibility of a vote on what to do with the Istanbul park whose planned razing triggered two weeks of anti-government protests, but said demonstrators must leave the park.

Some Protesters in Turkey Disavow Agreement With Premier to End Park Sit-In

Gezi Park remains occupied by defiant protesters who on Friday mostly disavowed a compromise between their self-declared leaders and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey Enters New ‘Phase’ After Police Action

Turkey’s protests entered a new, more chaotic phase after riot police cleared Taksim Square in the early hours of Wednesday morning, denying protesters a key platform from which they had operated.
Music in Istanbul Is Intermission for a Protest

When Davide Martello hauled a grand piano into Taksim Square in Istanbul and started playing, protesters and the police alike shared hours of calm.
Turkey crackdown has no direct bearing on joining EU: Germany

(BERLIN ) – Germany said Friday that Turkey’s recent crackdown on protesters had no direct bearing on Ankara’s negotiations to join the European Union.
Turkey PM floats referendum to end Istanbul park protest

ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would consider holding a referendum on plans to redevelop an Istanbul park that have sparked nationwide protests, in his first major concession in nearly two weeks of anti-government unrest.
Turkish EU Minister calls The Economist cover ?pathetic and ignorant?

Egemen Bağış slammed British weekly The Economist?s cover picturing the Turkish PM.
Still misunderstood at Gezi Park

At the 17th day of the Gezi Park resistance, it is seen that the spirit, character and the dynamics of it have not been understood yet.
Protesters chant ‘Turkey is here!’ in Brazil bus fare demos as police takes hard line

Brazilians took to the streets in several big cities to denounce the bus fare increase in protests that saw a heavy crackdown from the police with officials accusing ‘vandals.’
BBC suspends cooperation with Turkish private broadcaster NTV

The BBC has announced with a statement that it was suspending its partnership with private Turkish broadcaster NTV after it decided to not to air one of its flagship programs.
A citizens? movement taking shape in Turkey

Something interesting is happening in Turkey. First of all, I see empathy on the streets
Letters: Concern at response to Turkish protests

As academics at the University of Oxford, we would like to express our deep concern about the events taking place in Turkey. In response to the protests in Istanbul, as well as in other towns and cities in the country, rights and freedoms are being severely curtailed. In addition to what seems to be the deployment of excessive police force, we are witnessing a large number of arbitrary arrests, undue pressure being brought to bear on the Turkish media and, in a more general sense, serious infringements on the rights of assembly and free speech. While we recognise that the Justice and Development Party is the elected government and possesses a strong popular mandate, we also believe that, as a democratic government, it should seek to guarantee the civil liberties of all Turkey’s citizens.

Why the Protests Have Changed Turkey Forever

After Prime Minister Erdogan?s order to clear the park that has been the scene of two weeks of protests, The Times?s Sebnem Arsu tells Marcus Mabry that Turkey and Turkish politics will never be the same.

From the Golden Calf to Gezi park: religious imagery and modern protest | Giles Fraser

Religious images have caused conflict for centuries. Turkey is now struggling with a religion too confident in its representations

It is extremely odd that Marc Chagall ? originally Moishe Shagal ? has become the poster boy of Jewish art because his work so spectacularly offends against the fundamental principle of all Jewish aesthetics, the second of the Ten Commandments: “You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image or any likeness of anything that is in the heavens above or in the earth below” (Exodus 20:4). Just because his work, currently on show at the Tate Liverpool, depicts a colourful romanticised Fiddler-on-the-Roof view of Russian shtetllife, that doesn’t make it Jewish. From an orthodox perspective, it counts as idolatry, the No 1 thought crime of the Hebrew Bible. Representations are dangerous, the Bible warns. They collapse reality and come to have an independent life of their own. And when they are representations of the divine, this is especially dangerous. God cannot be pictured. Indeed G-d cannot even properly be spoken.


Kurds Uneasy About Turkish Protests

Although some Kurds have expressed support for Turkey?s protest movement, the minority community is worried that the anti-government mood could undermine a fragile peace deal and even strengthen its enemies
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