First of all, please ignore my grammar and misspellings cause I am terribly tired right now and I almost don't feel my arms, nor my legs after long days. Why?
I wanted to inform about what is going on on Turkey- Gazi. So i will write this long tread from the begining to today.
But don't complain cause it is going to be a really long tread
To make sure who is who and what is what, i will tell you some details about our goverment.
Who is our Prime Minister (Recep Tayyip Erdoğan) ?
Since our great leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has dominated the dangerous religious part of the Turkey (they are enough dangerous to work with invaders on our Turkish War of Independence),
they are a deep rooted organization which can stay alive till today.
And our Prime Minister (I will use "RTE" as shortening) is a member of this organization (it is called Community of Nur).
Why are they extremely dangerous?
Look at Iran, you will see why. They are trying to turn Turkey to an Islamic Republic from Democratic Republic (which is earned with thousands of lives).
What is he doing now?
Step by step, with the force of his goverment, he is bringing some new laws which are directly officious to the people's live style. Sounds like a dictator ?
Why are we angry ?
There are dozens of reasons but I will type just few
* He is giving all business works of Turkey with member from Community of Nur. That does not sound strange eh?
*Stupid medical laws and unfair taxes. Really really unfair...
*Spreaded the police and university exams to the other members of community of nur few days before the date. I am sure you can guess why RTE would like to see his men as police or at universities
*Really aggresive foreign politicies. Like a child, word fighting with all neighbours. Iraq, Iran, Syria, Israel, Russia and many others...
*All the great generals and genious journalists are sent to jail. No joke, if you wake up others he don't hesitate sending you to jail without any reason. Still, They have been waiting for 2 years just to hear why they are being held.
*Ignoring the Turkish soldiers who has been died while fighting against terrorists. He has never visited any their family. But on the other side, terrorist coffins were brought with TURKISH ARMY'S OWN HELICOPTERS to their family. Ridicilous or pathetic eh?
*Supported blue conservative side and said that obviously many times.
*The distance between rich and poor is getting higher. There is no more middle class.
*Letting banks' unfair cuts and never made a word about that.
As I said, there are so many reasons but these are just few.
But why is he still Prime Minister for almost 15 years?
The people which he has been getting votes are really poor and ignorant people of Turkey. You can think I am joking but there are thousands of people here who accepts that they voted for him just because of his food/electronic packages (with our own taxes). That is why we say here "you sold this country for a package of macaroni and coal).
And why today?
Easy. This is a blast. Cause more he stayed on that position, he showed his real face more. Every day we stayed silence, RTE became more Dictator. A law with his one word, a system change with a simple order. He thought we are Africans. But nope, We are Turks, crazy Turks...
I am sure you are getting bored of reading these, that is why I will shut my mouth and leave you with some facts. So you can decide if we are enough crazy
You've proven the nationwide nature
of the uprising - seen in so many
towns and cities across Turkey.
Great that we have this in the public
domain now. Thanks for not sleeping.
The world is with you.
'Young People Have Had it With This Dictatorship'
1 minute ago By Ian Jones, MSN UK news editor
An eyewitness has described the ongoing protests in Turkish cities as a
brutal clash between the 'dictators' of the government and young people
fighting for a free, modern and secular country.
Speaking to MSN UK News, the eyewitness - who does not want to be
named - said today's demonstrations in Istanbul have involved "around
10,000 people" and that the resistance "has been going on for 24 hours -
and is growing".
Unrest in Turkey has been sparked by plans to redevelop Istanbul's
Taksim Square, one of the few green spaces left in the city.
But the dispute has broadened into a protest against a government that
many believe is becoming increasingly authoritarian, and which they claim
is set on turning Turkey into an Islamic state.
The ruling AK Party has its roots in political Islam, but prime minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he is committed to keeping Turkey a
secular nation that does not endorse any religion.
The protesters do not believe him.
"People are shouting 'Edrogan leave'," said our eyewitness.
"Around 10,000 people have been marching. It is hot, humid and
incredibly crowded. Helicopters have been flying overhead, and many of
Istanbul's narrow streets are full of police."
Last night saw violent clashes between demonstrators and police officials,
who used tear gas and water cannon to break up disturbances.
"I was on the front line," our witness continued. "The tear gas left me with
red, stinging eyes - they are still hurting. I was also vomiting.
"There were many incidents of gas and water being used. But people have
come out again today.
"40,000 people marched over the Bosphorous bridge this morning at
dawn. The bridge is usually closed to pedestrians, but they came over
"The resistance is continuing."
Crowds have reportedly been chanting slogans from Mustafa Kemal
Ataturk's address to Turkish youth - a famous speech given by the founder
of modern Turkey in the 1920s, stating that a young person's "primary
duty" is "to forever protect and defend the Turkish independence and
Turkish Republic. This is the mainstay of your existence and of your
Meanwhile Turkey's current president Abdullah Gul has called on all sides
to be "mature", so that the protests, which he said had reached "a
worrisome level", could "calm down."
As Jiddu Krishnamurti so eloquently explains in this brief clip,
the revolution of the mind — something we all desperately need
in these difficult dark days of crisis and collapse — depends on
nobody else but ourselves.
"The crisis - is a crisis in consciousness. A consciousness
that cannot anymore accept the old norms, the old patterns,
the ancient traditions...."
“There is no teacher, no student, no leader, no guru, no master,
no saviour….. you yourself are the teacher, the leader, the guru,
the master. You are everything!”
_________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
“It is only the beginning, our struggle continues”
The protesters of #OccupyGezi are anything but a homogeneous group. It is comprised of millions of people from all over the country, young and old, leftists and nationalists, liberals and Kemalists, middle class and working class, believers and atheists, gays, lesbians, transsexuals and football fans, all united by one collective demand – the end of AKP authoritarianism. There is no central political organization bringing these groups together, yet the protesters have displayed enormous solidarity.
The protest aligns them. The affect of being together in this revolt unites them. The will to end authoritarianism and police brutality motivates them to revolt. The desire to preserve common public spaces and to resist their appropriation by local/global capital empowers them.
The reaction against the brazen force used on the Gezi Park protesters was the culmination of a series of incursions into basic liberties: the bombing of civilians in Roboski in December 2011; last month’s bomb attacks in the border town of Reyhanlı; the restrictions on women’s reproductive rights; the major crackdown on 1 May demonstrations; the recent curbs on the sale of alcohol; the onslaught of neo-liberal capitalist attacks on historical and cultural landmarks such as Emek movie theater and the port areas of Karaköy, Beşiktaş and Kadıköy in Istanbul; and the breaking ground for the widely unpopular 3rd bridge across the Bosphorous, have all contributed to the widespread discontent on display.
What must appear at first glance as a simple protest about trees was infused with passionate frustration by a citizenry that has finally lost patience with the autocratic and clearly undemocratic tendencies of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan who has been touted as a beacon of democracy by the global ruling elite. The people on the streets of Turkey send a clear message to the world today: democracy will not be coopted. Erdoğan has famously called for other leaders, Mubarak, Gaddafi, and most recently Assad, to listen to the voice of their people, it’s time he started to listen to his own.
Turkey protesters hold Istanbul square after days of violent clashes
By Ivan Watson and Gul Tuysuz, CNN
June 2, 2013 -- Updated 1249 GMT
Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) -- Residents of Turkey's largest city awoke Sunday
to scenes of rain-soaked municipal workers and volunteer activists
cleaning up the garbage left after days of violent clashes and angry
demonstrations against the government.
Demonstrators remained in control of Taksim Square after Turkish
security forces abandoned the district Saturday following 36 hours of
Protesters erected makeshift barricades at the entrance to the square,
which holds huge symbolic importance for Turkey's leftist political parties
and labor movement.
Throughout Friday and Saturday, this bustling neighborhood was a
battleground as riot police used water cannons, tear gas, pepper spray
and armored personnel carriers to prevent protesters from entering this
transit and commercial hub at the heart of the city. Saturday afternoon,
police withdrew after firing several last volleys of tear gas at crowds,
sending thousands of screaming people fleeing for cover.
Police continued to clash with demonstrators in other districts of Istanbul
as well as in the capital, Ankara, late Saturday night.
Turkish authorities said more than 900 people have been detained and
scores injured in protests and clashes in 30 of Turkey's 81 provinces over
the past four days.....
7:00 P.M. Police in Ankara are firing tear gas at protesters, who are retaliating with stones and fireworks, Al Jazeera reports. According to the report, the demonstrators have blocked roads leading to Prime Minister Erdogan's office. The situation in central Istanbul's Taksim Square, meanwhile, appears to remain peaceful.
5:12 P.M. Medical staff say more than 1,000 people have been injured in Istanbul and several hundred more in Ankara since protests began Friday.
5:09 P.M. Police use tear gas on protesters in Ankara. Clashes said to be relatively minor compared with major violence in Turkey's biggest cities in the previous two days.
Calling protesters "a few looters", Erdogan says he will press ahead with redeveloping Istanbul's Taksim Square.
1:35 P.M. A group of young men marching to Taksim Square are chanting: "We are all soldiers of Mustafa Kemal [Ataturk]."
1:33 P.M. Protesters are marching down Istiklal, heading to Taksim Square, while shouting: "This is our Taksim, this is our Istanbul."
1:25 P.M. The protesters at Taksim Square represent all sectors of Turkish society. Though flags hanging from poles and walls of buildings around the plaza are mostly of left-wing radical groups, some protesters did not identify themselves as supporters of the left. Their only demand, they said, is democracy. Despite the secular dominant majority, some of the demonstrators identified as Muslims. A few men with beards and women wearing veils said they identified as members of the "radical Muslims," a religious organization that opposes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
12:51 P.M. No official statement yet on protesters killed during the demonstrations over the weekend. Amnesty International refers to reports of two dead, people in Taksim Square claim the number is higher.
12:20 P.M. Thousands are now arriving to Taksim Square. There is not a single policeman in sight.
12:18 P.M. The once sacred Ataturk War of Independence monument, at the beginning of Istiklal Avenue, is now covered with left-wing and LGBT flags.
11:22 A.M. A few protesters start collecting trash around Taksim Square. This reminds me of Cairo's Tahrir Square, though I am trying not to compare.
11:20 A.M. Despite the number of rocks that were thrown over the weekend, it's amazing to see that there are no shattered windows around Taksim Square.
11:08 A.M. Only about 20 protesters are currently standing at Taksim Square, in the rain. "Police are tired, we are not," they say, promising thousands will return in the afternoon.
11:00 A.M. This is a very sensitive time in the Middle East, a time of conflicts and revolutions, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of Sunday's cabinet meeting. "Israel has no interest in taking part in the conflicts around us," he added. (Barak Ravid)
10:26 A.M. While Taksim Square was quiet during the night, street battles occurred in the Istanbul suburb of Besiktas. A cloud of tear gas was seen over the area until 4 A.M.
10:25 A.M. Reports claim that mobile phones were blocked overnight. Is Erdogan copying Mubarak's tactics?
10:20 A.M. Broken curbstones that demonstrators last night hurled at police are now lying around the streets surrounding Taksim Square.
9:30 A.M. Street leading to Taksim Square is closed off.
4:30 A.M. Protesters lit fires and scuffled with police in parts of Istanbul and Ankara early on Sunday, but the streets were generally quieter than the first two days of unrest. Hundreds of protesters set fires in the Tunali district of the capital Ankara, while riot police fired tear gas and pepper spray to hold back groups of stone-throwing youths near Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office in Istanbul.
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