Here are two items from Turkey regarding the protests against the repressive government there.
Email from a Turkish Anarchist
After two days of protest about the urban gentrification of Gezi Park (the biggest park in Taksim where green areas are continually being destroyed), people got fed up with police brutality and violence. —- Especially the silence of the media, increasing attacks of government on the freedom of individuals, imperial aims of the state trying to take advantage of the Syrian situation have expended the recent conflict in riots. —- The clashes continued all day and night yesterday. At least seven civilians were murdered by the police attacks, hundreds were injured, hundreds are in custody where they are beaten up and some tortured. —- All temples of capitalism had to close down in Taksim. There is a great deal of solidarity on the streets, many small shops and homes, universities; all pharmacies opened their doors to protesters.
Turkish Chamber of Architects and Engineers Office is turned into a hospital with volunteer doctors and nurses. And they are treating wounded protesters.
In many places in Istanbul, police stations has been attacked. Fascist groups were beaten up by anarchists. People from the Asian side who wanted to join the riot were blocked by the police, but they walked on the highway after midnight, crossing the Bosphorus Bridge on foot and made it.
The Prime Minister blamed the social web informing [people of] the murders, and ironically called the people who are sharing news as fascists.
The protest has spread all over Turkey. People are on streets in Ankara, Izmir, Eskisehir, Sakarya, Isparta and many others.
These protests are not only for the Gezi Park as state-suppressed mainstream media claims. The riot is now the revolt of the hundreds of thousands of people protesting against state oppression and violence. We as revolutionary anarchists have been and we are going to be on the streets, against the police violence state terrorism.
We are expecting solidarity action from all anarchists and anti-authoritarians all around the world.
Everywhere is Istanbul and everywhere is resistance against state terrorism, police violence and capitalist exploitation.
We will continue to report as rioting continues.
Revolutionary Anarchist Action (DAF– Devrimci AnarÅist Faaliyet)
An Appeal from a Turkish Anarchist
I feel obliged to let you know about the ongoing clash in Turkey, between the state and the protestors who were peacefully protesting until the police attacked them. The situation is getting worse and the Turkish media is not covering ANY incidents related to the events. Even we can retrieve information via foreign media. Currently, there are major protests all around the country. — These are the words of a fellow protestor: —- “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, a 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 suppresses 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.”
PLEASE spread the word AND ask people to call the Turkish Embassy in their country now and ask why police are gassing demonstrators in Taksim (Istanbul) and whether Istanbul is safe anymore. Please protest and condemn the use of force against peaceful demonstrations.
- A Turkish anarchist