yüzde ellini yerim
Cumartesi gecesinden beri gördüğüm, duyduğum şiddet ve hukuksuzluğun boyutları, tek kelimeyle dehşet verici… Bu insanlık dışı muameleyi kimse hak etmedi. Açıkca söylenmese de “sıkıyönetim”den hiçbir farkı yok bu yöntemlerin.
Gezi Parkı’na müdahale anı.
Polis, yer yer kask…
To everyone who’s still wondering why the Turkish people are fighting back. It’s not some angry tree-huggers or bored anarchists who’re looking for a fight. Watch, and you’ll understand.
Spread the word. Let everyone know.
(that’s not me, by the way)
Ich war am Wochenende unterwegs und verschaffe mir grade ein Bild über die Proteste in der Türkei. Gute erste Anlaufstellen sind die Wikipedia-Artikel (englisch, deutsch). Hier eine Twitter-Group mit englischsprachigen Quellen, dazu jede Menge Bilder auf dem Tumblr Occupy Gezi Pics, hier die Facebook-Page.
Auslöser ist die geplante Neu-Errichtung der Taksim Military Barracks als Shopping Mall im Taksim Gezi Park, eine Gebäude das in den 40ern nach den Reformen von Atatürk abgerissen wurde. Erdogan spricht mittlerweile auch davon, das Atatürk Culture Center abreissen zu wollen. Zusammen mit der Politik Erdogans, die seit ein paar Jahren den sekularen türkischen Staat untergräbt, ergibt sich da ein ziemlich klares Bild der Rücknahme der Reformen von Atatürk, die nun auch symbolisch durch städtebauliche Maßnahmen durchgesetzt werden sollen. Die Proteste kann man also nur unterstützen.
the kemalist-nationalist freaks of yesterday are now occupying the same park as the kurds, the left, the anarchists and the lgbtt groups. i’m not too sure of this, but i think football fans were instrumental in the victory over gezi park today. we have 3 istanbul teams, the supporters of which were out fighting the police like lions. when they’re in their stadium, i call them hooligans, but i have to admit that they know how to fight and aren’t afraid. how all this will combine into a meaningful statement against the government is still uncertain.
so things are all very ambiguous and in any case, the fighting hasn’t ceased elsewhere than in taksim. this is not a protest to save trees, the government has gone too far.
Turkey is founded as a secular democracy. We’re constantly under religious influences because of our geopolitical location, and the military’s “unofficial” role as the guardian of these secular principles is frankly the only reason why we haven’t descended into Sharia law like most of the Middle Eastern Islamic nations. […]
Anyways, year 2002, these AKP idiots come out of nowhere. They’re all proteges of past Islamic governments that the military has ousted. They manage to win the elections with a ridiculous parliamentary super-majority out of only 34% of the vote, simply because the remainder was so fragmented and opposition parties were stagnant.
Occupy Gezi (2)
Ich hab’ mich heute morgen noch weiter in die Proteste in Istanbul und der Türkei eingelesen, hier die interessantesten Links, die mir dabei untergekommen sind. Bilder via OccupyGezi und Istanbul for 91 Days, Facebook-Seiten: Gezi Park Direnisi und Occupy Gezi. Hier die Live-Updates der Russian Times,
Es Gerüchtet, in Istanbul würde die Polizei Agent Orange oder „Orange Gas“ einsetzen. Das stimmt nicht. Meines Erachtens handelt es sich um Signal-Gas, wie es auch bei Notfällen auf hoher See eingesetzt wird. Freunde einer Dame in Istanbul, die ich grade interviewt habe (kommt dann gleich), spricht allerdings davon, dass Freunde von Ätzungen auf der Haut sprechen („it really burned their skin“), harmlos ist das also nicht.
Es gerüchtet ebenfalls, in der Türkei würden Twitter und Facebook geblockt. Meine Interviewpartnerin kann das nicht voll bestätigen, spricht aber von Problemen mit der Verbindung.
An Zynismus kaum zu überbieten: Der syrische Informationsminister hat Erdogan zum Rücktritt aufgefordert und für die Gewalt an den Demonstranten kritisiert: Syria Calls on Turkey to Stop Violently Repressing Peaceful Protests.
It sounds like a bad joke out of the Twilight Zone but it’s all too real. Syria’s minister of information told official media that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan “should resign” if he “is unable to pursue non-violent means” to end growing protests. Syria’s Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi “added that Erdogan leads his country in a terrorist way and is destroying the civil character of the Turkish people, reiterating that the Turkish people’s demands do not deserve all this violence,” notes the report by SANA.
Istanbul for 91 Days: Gezi Park after the Storm: „Following the wild weekend, we ventured back up to Gezi Park on Sunday to see how things were going. The police had pulled out, leaving Taksim Square wholly in the hands of protesters. There were thousands of people gathered around the square, and a festive atmosphere. We saw hundreds of volunteers cleaning up the trash and broken glass which had accumulated over the weekend, and others, less civic-minded, posing in front of vandalized, flipped-over cars.“
Reuters: Turkish protesters clash with police into early hours: „Turkish protesters clashed with riot police into the early hours of Monday with some setting fire to offices of the ruling AK Party as the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years entered their fourth day.“
Daily Dot: CNN-Turk airs penguin documentary during Istanbul riots, hier eine Petition an CNN International: CNN International must pull its name franchise from CNN Turk.
Guardian: Social media and opposition to blame for protests, says Turkish PM: „’Social media is the worst menace to society,’ says Recep Erdogan after thousands take control of Istanbul’s main square“
Amnesty International: Turkey: Disgraceful use of excessive police force in Istanbul: „The testimonies of protestors,lawyers and medical professionals at the scene and video evidence confirm this as a widespread tactic employed by the police at demonstrations continuing across central Istanbul. According to reports, more than a thousand protesters have been injured and at least two have died.“
PressTV: Turkey’s Syria policy prompts anxiety: Barcin Yinanc: „Press TV has conducted an interview with Barcin Yinanc, the associate editor for the Hurriyet Daily News in Istanbul.“
Beautiful Data: Mapping a Revolution
Here’s some maps I did on the basis of ~ 6.000 geotagged tweets from ~ 12 hours on 1 and 2 Jun 2013 referring to the “Gezi Park Protests” in Istanbul (i.e. mentioning the hashtags “occupygezi”, “direngeziparki”, “turkishspring”* etc.). The tweets were collected via the Twitter streaming API and saved to a CouchDB installation. The maps were produced by R (unfortunately the shapes from the map package are a bit outdated).
Gut zusammengefasste Hintergründe:
TanteJay: Türkei II – Außenpolitische Gründe, Türkei III – Innenpolitische Gründe
Ediweb: Islamic Calvinists – Social revolution in Anatolia
Obey Giants Ataturk
Shepard „Obey Giant“ Fairey hat sein Ataturk-Stencil als PDF online gestellt:
Turkey has been one of the more progressive countries in the Middle East for years, but seems to be moving in a more oppressive direction recently. A few years ago I made an image of Ataturk at the request of a Turkish friend. Ataturk was a champion of Turkish Democracy and secular government. I am offering a free download of my Ataturk image as a symbol of democracy and free speech. […]
The overall issue is that the current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government have come too far towards authoritarianism, dictatorship and fascism, and farther away from Ataturk’s founding and modern society’s democratic and secular principles. Including plans to demolish Ataturk Cultural Centre. It is not a political or religious movement, it is a human rights movement representing all corners of their society.
Famous marketing brand parody for Ören Bayan
: All the context I could provide re: Gezi Park, and as I was writing this Erdogan called for civil war.
Tuesday night, entering Taksim from Maçka, I was first greeted by police offers, some wearing gas masks and others carrying helmets. Granted, greeted is a strong word since they cast me wary looks from across the street and allowed me to keep walking without a word. Several feet ahead, I saw a…