Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tragedy returned to Turkey last night, as another life was taken by police during an attack on demonstrators in the Armutlu neighborhood in the city of Hatay in southeastern Turkey. Ahmet Atakan, 22, was attending a protest that took place yesterday evening to support demonstrations at the Middle Eastern Technical University and Tuzluçayır in Ankara, and Okmeydanı in İstanbul. According to Halk TV, at around 01:20 Tuesday morning, reports surfaced that a man had been hit in the head by a gas canister and was in a critical condition. Despite being taken to a nearby hospital where efforts were made to save him, it was announced by Halk TV at 02:38 that Atakan had lost his life. The police brutality sadly did not end after this tragic incident, as police continued to attack demonstrators even in front of the hospital where Atakan lost his life and where people had gathered to wait for news. When news began to spread of Atakan’s death, members of the public came together at the spot where he was hit to pay their respects to the young man. This latest killing is the latest in a series of deaths and grave injuries caused by police during this year’s protests. Ethem Sarısülük, Ali İsmail Korkmaz, Abdullah Cömert, and Mehmet Ayvalıtaş were all killed by police officers during protests, however no charges are yet to have been brought against their killers. The list of injuries is even longer, and includes the 14 year old BE, who has not woken from a coma since the police fired a tear gas canister at his head as he went to buy bread on 12 June.
If anyone ever asks you why Istanbul wasn't awarded the Olympics, tonight offers you a compelling answer. The Turkey-Sweden U21 match has just had to be abandoned because the police have released so much gas on protests in Taksim that it has wafted down to Kasımpaşa. Turkey has reawakened tonight after Ahmet Atakan was killed last night in Antakya. Protests everywhere. Police everywhere. A long autumn awaits. See also: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=197283023776066&set=a.163064897197879.1073741826.163062643864771&type=3&theater #AhmetAtakan #KatilDevlet #istanbul2020olympics #BridgeTogether #direngezi #direnAnkara #occupygezi #occupyturkey
Friday, May 31, 2013
Dear friends all around the world,something brave and significant is happening in Istanbul, Turkey. A late blooming Occupy wave one might call it.Citizens tired of a bullying government with its corrupt management of public spaces and reckless abuse of land are coming together to protect a public park in the heart of the Istanbul which is under the threat of being demolished so the 94th shopping mall can be built in its place. People are holding in spite of the brutal attacks by the police (today's attack was at 5am in the morning one shall point out! including tear gas bombs, burning the tents, hospitalizing a person...). It is the 3rd day now, more than 10,000 people have gathered in the park!Meanwhile, public spaces are being sold to hotels, precious ecosystems are being wasted for more industry, power plants, 3rd bridge over Bosphorus! This has become a matter about more than just saving trees. This is an 'I can do whatever I damn well want', fascist mentality that not only supresses but attacks its own people. To make matters worse, media channels are being censored so as not to display the news.#direngeziparki is now the 2nd worldwide trending topic on Twitter. Please help us to share this message and stop Erdogan's ruthless, inhumane acts. What you can do:- Forward this message to everyone you know- Send your support messages through twitter with the #direngeziparki hashtag- Tag @bbc @cnn @reuters and other large media channels in these posts- Post this message on facebook- Let your local and national media channels know, please help spread the news globally. We need all the support we can get now.. http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201305302148-0022796 http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/EUR44/013/2013/en/b815b896-9366-4989-a11f-f03353fb0161/eur440132013en.html http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-980163
Posted by Prem Saisha at Friday, May 31, 2013