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PEOPLE OF TURKEY NOT GIVING UP SOLIDARITY AND RESISTANCE

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TURKEY – Thousands of protesters marched to Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday (29 June 2013) chanting slogans against the government and police after security forces killed 18-year-old Medeni Yıldırım during a demonstration against the construction of a new gendarmerie outpost in the Kayacik village. The protest had been planned as part of larger unrelated anti-government demonstrations that have swept through the country since the end of May, but became a voice of solidarity CONTINUE READING

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INDONESIA; CORPORATE DESTRUCTION PROVOKES PEASANT RESISTANCE

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INDONESIA – Price rises are provoking revolt in yet another country. This time, it is Indonesia, the price hike concerns fuel, and the revolt takes the form of rallies and strike action. The unfolding events in Indonesia can be seen as just a new round in a series of workers’ struggles for better living standards, against a state and a capitalist class that tries to make profits by keeping wages as low as possible, by destroying the forest and undermining the livelihoods of the people.

The current conflict broke out after the government raised fuel prices. The cost of a liter of diesel shot up 22 percent and petrol by a dramatic 44 percent, as part of an attempt to contain the costs of subsidizing fuel, a cost that takes about 13 percent of the government’s budget. While fuel prices in Indonesia are very low, poor Indonesians are still burdened by them. It was no surprise, then, that the rise was met with immediate protest. CONTINUE READING

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ONE DEAD, NINE INJURED DURING PROTESTS IN LICE

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TURKEY – One person was killed on Friday in south-east Turkey as paramilitary forces fired shots to disperse hundreds of people protesting against the expansion of a police station, according to local officials. The victim was identified as 18-year-old Medeni Yıldırım. Nine people were also wounded, two of CONTINUE READING

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GEZI PARK CHILDREN ACCUSED OF “TERRORISM”

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TURKEY – A report by the Children on the Agenda – Gündem Çocuk – Association covered violations of children’s rights between May 28 and June 25.  According to the report almost 300 children were taken into custody and at least one child was wounded by a bullet during CONTINUE READING

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TWITTER AND FACEBOOK SNUB THE AKP GOVERNMENT

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TURKEY – Few hours after Transport and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım told, “Facebook has been co-operating with Turkish authorities for a long time, they have a presence in Turkey. We have no problems with them, and Twitter will probably comply too. Otherwise this is a situation that cannot CONTINUE READING

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GOVERNMENT PURSUING CONTROL ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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TURKEY – The AKP government officials requested Twitter to set up an office in the country. Transport and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters on Wednesday that without a corporate presence in the country, the Turkish government could not quickly reach Twitter officials with orders to CONTINUE READING

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THEY PROTECT HIM, HE PROTECTS THEM

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TURKEY – Yesterday (25. 06. 2013) thousands of people gathered  in Taksim Square, Istanbul to protest  the release of  police officer Ahmet Ş. who was accused of killing Ethem Sarısülük during demonstrations in Kızılay, Ankara. The decision of 13th Ankara Magistrates’ Court is latest proof of the double standard in corrupt judiciary system in Turkey. It is also a good example for the reasons why people of Turkey are on streets, marching against their government.

The police did everything they could to make it hard for the citizens to reach Taksim Square.  They blocked all roads potentially leading to the area, checking the passengers of private cars at checkpoints. Journalists were extensively searched by the officers despite showing their official press cards granted by the Prime Ministry’s Press and Information Office. Metro and funicular access to the square was also canceled. The demonstration was only allowed under a heavy riot police cordon. CONTINUE READING

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NO ARREST FOR THE POLICE IN ETHEM SARISÜLÜK CASE

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TURKEY – Police officer Ahmet S. who was accused of killing Ethem Sarısülük has been released by 13th Ankara Magistrates’ Court.

Veli Dalgalı, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation against Ahmet Ş., summoned him for interrogation on June 24, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

Dalgalı then sent the police officer to court demanding his arrest. However, the court, following another interrogation, released the suspect pending trial, arguing that he remained “within the limits of self-defense.” CONTINUE READING

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A LETTER FROM BRAZIL

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THE  MASK OF OUR DEMOCRACY IS FALLING

BRAZIL – It’s true: I do think all the signs in Portuguese are a problem for those who wish to understand the protests that are taking place in my country. I hope this article will be useful to shed some light on what is actually happening in Brazil today.

You have maybe already heard the superficial reasons for the recent wave of protests as the media has announced them. A rise of 20 cents in R$ for a bus ticket, leading to a ticket price of 3,20 R$, which is the equivalent of a modest 1,14 Euro.

The pictures that have decorated the international news pages of most of the world’s important newspapers, images of burning trash cans in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, mass mobilization in São Paulo, tear gas grenades fired by the police, overall just images of violence, do raise the question : all of that for 20 cents ? There are many people who have already asked themselves this question. CONTINUE READING

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EVEN CARNATIONS & COMMEMORATIONS ARE NOT ALLOWED

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TURKEY – On Saturday (22 June 2013) thousands of people peacefully gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square to commemorate four people killed during recent anti-government protests. The crowd laid down carnations for the deceased. Some demonstrators tried to give carnations to the security forces, CONTINUE READING

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