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ANOTHER DAY GOES BY WITHOUT HUMAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM

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TURKEY – Although, the international media is now turning a blind eye, the citizens of Turkey are still on the streets, protesting against the oppression of freedom and demanding the human rights not to be abused anymore by the totalitarian Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP rule. On the other hand the government keeps pushing the oppression to new heights.

Yesterday (13 July 2013) there were demonstrations from Istanbul to Antakya all over Turkey. Last night police have fired water cannons and tear gas to the several thousand protesters gathered on Istanbul’s İstiklal Avenue to protest a midnight bill adopted this week by the Parliament which curbed the supervision of the Chamber of Architects and Engineers (TMMOB) in all urban projects, giving full authority to the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry. Some shop owners also threateningly attacked with batons reporters an protesters chased the protesters into the side streets by the police. CONTINUE READING

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JOURNALISTS PROTESTED VIOLENCE AND CENSORSHIP

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TURKEY – On Friday 12 July 2013, hundreds of journalists rallied to slam the violence and censorship during recent anti-government demonstrations. Gathering under the banner of the “Journalists Platform” they came together at Galatasaray Square at 7 p.m. to protest what they termed the continual violence, pressure and threats they have faced at the hands of the police since the Gezi Park protests began in late May. They also demanded the release of their colleagues who are in prison.

The journalists marched behind a banner of penguins in a direct jibe at CNNTürk, which became the target of widespread ridicule and sarcasm at the beginning of the protests in late May when it chose to air a documentary on penguins rather than cover the demonstrations. CNNTürk’s penguins were subsequently adopted as a symbol of self-censorship that many news organizations, particularly the mainstream media, demonstrated during the initial stages of the protests. CONTINUE READING

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ARE ALİ İSMAİL KORKMAZ’S MURDERERS REALLY UNIDENTIFIED?

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TURKEY – A security camera footage from the street where Ali İsmail Korkmaz was assaulted displays what was going on moments before he was attacked.

According to expert witness report 18 minutes of the recording, including when Korkmaz was beaten up, had been erased. CONTINUE READING

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POLICE SEARCH HOUSES OF TAKSİM SOLIDARITY PLATFORM MEMBERS

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TURKEY – Police are searching the houses of representatives of the Taksim Solidarity Platform, which has also has called on prosecutors to release 48 protesters – including their leading figures – who were detained on July 8 in the fierce police intervention in Gezi Park. The platform has been standing against the redevelopment plans for the park from the beginning, and was involved in the initial protests that sparked the nation-wide anti-government demonstrations at the end of May.

Police started a search in the house of the recently detained Secretary of the Chamber of Architects Mücella Yapıcı, as well as eight other addresses linked to other Taksim Solidarity Platform members, the group announced. CONTINUE READING

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PEACEFUL GEZİ PARK PROTESTERS MUST BE RELEASED

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TURKEY – The Turkish authorities must immediately release peaceful Gezi Park demonstrators who were detained in Taksim yesterday. They must also investigate allegations of the excessive use of force after riot police used tear gas and water canons to clear the square and neighbouring Gezi Park, Amnesty International said.

“The authorities in Turkey have the duty to ensure people can peacefully gather and express their views,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Director at Amnesty International. CONTINUE READING

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GEZİ PARK WAS OPEN, GEZİ PARK WAS SHUT

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TURKEY — Istanbul’s Gezi Park that was at the center of weeks of anti-government demonstrations opened for a few hours Monday, but Turkish authorities quickly closed it and fired a water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters heading to the area for a planned rally.

The attack — the second by police on protesters since Saturday — occurred on a main pedestrian road leading to Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square and adjacent Gezi Park. 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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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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130,000 GAS BOMBS USED IN 20 DAYS

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TURKEY – The National Police had bought 150,000 tear gas cartridges in 2013 according to its annual plan. However, during the ‘Gezi Park Protests’ which started in Istanbul on May 31 and spread to 77 provinces across Turkey, riot police used 130,000 CONTINUE READING

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