15 Haziran 2013 Cumartesi

Turkish riot police storm Istanbul park in bid to end protests


Émeutes en Turquie : le vrai visage d'Erdogan? (partie 1)


Émeutes en Turquie : le vrai visage d'Erdogan? (partie 2)


The Spectator - What’s eating Turkey; Erdogan is good at making enemies – but he has had help from Syria


Professor Ian Robertson, Worpress - Could the 10 year illness be afflicting Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan?


11 Haziran 2013 Salı

CNN, Youtube - Police move in on Turkey's Taksim Square


The Washington Post - Police crush barricades in Istanbul square, fire tear gas and water cannons at protesters


The Guardian - Erdoğan's reaction to Turkey protests reveals ominous Putin parallels


The Guardian - Turkish riot police move into Taksim Square - live updates


Guardian Witness - Turkey demonstrations: share your stories, pictures and videos


10 Haziran 2013 Pazartesi

France24 - Barricades bolster Turkey's Taksim Square protests


The New York Times - In Istanbul’s Heart, Leader’s Obsession, Perhaps Achilles’ Heel


La Stampa - Nella periferia sciita di Istanbul “Vuole un golpe, lo fermeremo”


Amnesty International, Youtube - Turkey must stop disgraceful police violence


Daily Mail Online - Turks tango in their gas masks as they defy orders of Prime Minister and carry on with protests


The Independent - Erdogan's mishandling of protests has exposed the myth of a stable Turkey


The Guardian - Why Turkey's mainstream media chose to show penguins rather than protests


The Economist - Democrat or sultan?


Spiegel Online International - The Truth about Erdogan: Turkey's 'Other 50 Percent' Demand a Voice


5 Haziran 2013 Çarşamba

The New Yorker - MEMORIES OF A PUBLIC SQUARE posted by Orhan Pamuk


The Wall Street Journal Blogs - Amid Turkey Unrest, Social Media Becomes a Battleground


Le Monde - Turquie : à l'appel des syndicats, la place Taksim ne désemplit pas


Le Monde - La Turquie doit encourager "le dialogue" et "la culture du compromis"


Le Monde - Au sixième jour de protestation, la place Taksim ne désemplit pas


The New York Times - Protests in Turkey Reveal a Larger Fight Over Identity


Forbes - Full-Page Ad Inspired By Turkish Protests Is One Of Indiegogo's Fastest Campaigns Ever


4 Haziran 2013 Salı

Gawker - What Is Going on in Turkey and Do I Really Need to Care?


Huffington Post - Turkey's Protests Focus On Prime Minister Erdogan


Amnesty International - What You Can Do NOW to Stop the Abuse of Protestors in Turkey


Time World - Erdo-gone? After Taksim, Turkish Leader’s Political Future May Hang in the Balance


IntelliHub - Turkish Police Run Over Crowds of Protesters With Large Tanks (Warning: Graphic Video)


Nawaat - Lettre ouverte des protestataires d’Istanbul au peuple de Tunisie


L'Espresso - 'Io, italiana tra gli OccupyGezi'


The Guardian - Turkey: deputy PM apologises for 'excessive violence' against protesters


BBC News Europe - Disaffected Turks vow to remain on streets of Istanbul


BBC News Europe - Turkey Deputy PM apologises to Gezi Park protesters


BBC News Europe - Turkey protests: 'It's a fight for freedom'


BBC News Europe - Turkey protests: 'It's a fight for freedom'


The Guardian - Turkish protesters raise $55,000 for full-page ad in New York Times


3 Haziran 2013 Pazartesi

BBC News Europe - Turkey protests: Union to start two-day strike


Solidarity Message to Turkish Activists: Experience and Warnings from the Egyptian Revolution


CNN Video - The week that changed Turkey?


Internazionale - Cosa succede in Turchia


USA Today - Drunks, extremists, Twitter - Turkey's Erdogan blames all


Bloomberg - Erdogan Shows Why Turkey Shouldn’t Give Him More Power


NewStatesman - People have killed their fear of authority - and the protests are growing


Research Turkey - What is in a Park?


2 Haziran 2013 Pazar

PressTV - Erdogan scores own-goal on Syria crisis


BBC News Europe - Turkey protests: Clashes rage in Istanbul's Besiktas


BBC News Europe - Turkish press slams handling of Istanbul protest


Al Monitor - Turkish Spring?


Al Monitor - Erdogan Weakened By Protests


Al Monitor - Istanbul Protesters: 'We Are Here For Our Freedom'


Al Monitor - Erdogan Remains Defiant As Istanbul Protest Widens


Al Monitor - Who Are Turkey’s Protesters? The View From Taksim Square


Al Monitor - Turkey's Velvet Revolution


The Telegraph - Syria issues travel warning for Turkey


A Solidarity Note from Michael Hardt

The Taksim struggle stands in the lead of innumerable conflicts going on now throughout the world to protect the common against privatization. As an idea and as a policy, it seems to me, neoliberalism is dead, but maybe really it's undead. It keeps attacking like a zombie, brainless but more aggressive and relentless than ever. We need to protect the common spaces that remain, which are shared and open for social cooperation and creativity. Activists everywhere are looking to Taksim for inspiration. 

Michael Hardt

Die Welt - Dieses Mal hat Erdogan sein Blatt überreizt


Libération - Turquie: Un air de printemps


The Telegraph - Erdogan needs to listen


Amnesty International - Disgraceful Use of Excessive Police Force in Istanbul


The Atlantic - How the Protests Will Impact Turkey at Home and Abroad


Repubblica - Turchia in rivolta


a summary of what has been going on

dear friends,

as you know something is happening in turkey. i am sure if you are reading sources in english, you are probably getting news better than most of the turkish people who follow the main stream television channels. the reason is the prime minister (PM) asked personally to the tv channels not to make any news concerning the demonstrations, and police violence. and they obey so.

make no mistake, this is not the action of a group of oriental people who are revolting against their ruthless sultan. the sentiments might be so, but the facts are embedded into the neoliberal transformation, which the cities have been going through. our european friends could and should draw from these events. 

to leave the my usual rants aside, let me go through the facts of what has been going on, and the whole movement have started. 

you might have heard that the economy of turkey has been progressing well and have not -yet- affected by the crisis. this is due to the ongoing growth of the construction sector of turkey. if you look at the percentages of the investment and the labor market, it is occupying the first slot. this is a type of economical growth which depends on pumping up the land value, combined with the financial speculation is basically what caused the crisis in spain. 

we are not yet at the crisis demarcation, however we are at a point in which the masses which live in the cities need to be either pushed outskirts or disciplined in order to make space for lucrative investments, which the city will increase its value upon. because of this fact, numerous projects have been undertaken, the most controversial one was the transformation of the historic haydarpasha train station into an "entertainment and cultural zone" which basically means commercialization. but set that aside another project which generated public discontent was the transformation of the taksim square which is the most central square of the biggest city in turkey, the old capital, istanbul.

the government indicated signals of how they want to transform this zone, one idea was building a new modern mosque, but currently -as of today- erdoğan indicated that "this is an international guest zone, which multiple conferences are undertaken hence there is an important need for hotels." which ever building will be built, taksim square will cease to be public, but rather be commercialized.

there are two reasons for that, which are not mutually exclusive:

1) increase the value of the city to attract investment into the city.
2) to hide the major demonstrations which usually takes place in taksim from public view, by moving them outside of the city center, hence create the atmosphere of tranquility inside the city.

there is a long history of struggle for the public space for demonstration in turkey, revolving around the taksim square. this goes all the way back to a bloody first of may of 1977. i will not go into detail, but the first official/legal 1st of may in taksim since 1980 was celebrated last year after many years struggle. 

this year, the government declared that public demonstration will no longer take place in taksim, and started the conversion/commercialization projects (which ironically they call pedestrianization in turkish). this 1st of may, they used the city/road works around taksim as an excuse and declared that the demonstration will not take place there. the unions and leftist political organizations reacted and tried to enter the square anyhow. hence we had the worst 1st of may in years, probably since 1980s. the mayor decided to close down the whole city, they stopped the public transportation and even the ferries, causing a complete shut down of the city. 

to summarize, the clashes last month was not simply about 1st of may, it was about the "right to the city."

--- the part about current events starts here ---

finally last wednesday, the participants of a taksim neighbourhood organization noticed that some trees inside the gezi park in taksim was taken down as a part of the taksim transformation project. a couple of the protested and stopped the machines, since they did not have the necessary permits, and started to take watch, in order to stop any further attempts. 

at this point i need to explain that the taksim transformation project is the subject of an ongoing court case, which the organization of the city architects sued. this project is nothing to do the with the taksim commercial center project directly. this project has been approved in the municipal parliament (including the support of the major opposition party members CHP, the republicans). the reports provided by the experts during the court case show that, the project has nothing to do with public good, and should be redrawn.

after the initial stopping of the construction machines in the morning, other activists and the BDP (the opposition kurdish/socialist party) PM of the zone, sırrı süreyya önder(SSÖ) approached the park. wednesday evening, the construction machines reappeared, this time with the police and the security guards of the construction company *dressed up as the municipality police*. with the help of the activist and the SSÖ the destruction of the trees, once again stopped, the event publicized and the occupation of the park started. 

this was one of the most important point of the whole event, the initial breaking point. from the very beginning we knew that *this* demonstration was different, since it generated a total sense of legitimacy, even though the resistance was started by socialist city activist and a PM of a kurdish party (which is no-no in the mainstream turkish culture).

the most important conglomerate of the core occupy group was as following: (this is my personal opinion and information which is fallible)

the right to city organization of istanbul, their sub organization of *immigrant kitchen* (which organizes food drives and give aways to poor immigrants). their collaborators, the anti-capitalist muslims,, which contributed greatly to the legitimacy of the demonstrators. and last but not the least, the core supporter of the beşiktaş soccer team. they call themselves çarşı and the a is written with the a of anarchy, so you might get the idea.

the following two nights (at about 5 am), police raided the occupy camp without any warning, started throwing gas and subsequently removing the occupiers. this night some civilian looking people burned the tents and the personal belongings of the occupiers. the government refuses that they are the police, but whoever they might be they burned the tents, with the help of the police as clearly seen in the video.

later, this removal attracted more people the following day. the park was completely occupied and big street party took place in the park, thursday night. following morning, police cracked down the occupiers more brutally. and this time it was documented much better, since the mainstream diffusion caused celebrities to join the occupation and they reported the police brutality (e.g. pınar öğün, mehmet ali alabora)

this incidence caused an uproar. although police secured the park, and put up barricades, the demonstrations grew gradually on friday, climaxing with the re-takeover of the park -with much help of the *çarşı* soccer fan group-. however it is impossible to re-occupy the park, since from friday on the demonstrations and clashes with the police have been ongoing, with the park and the square exchanging hands between the police and the demonstrators.

important developments meanwhile:

* after the public outcry on friday, the government and the mayor refused to back down and indicated that the police attacks will continue. they rejected the allegations that police attacked the occupiers without a warning and the cases of police brutality will needs to be investigated. 

* groups of different affiliations joined the core, socialist/anti-capitalist groups in addition to the beşiktaş *çarşı*. after saturday, pictures started to emerge showing beşiktaş fans walking together with fenerbahçe and galatasaray fans -who wear their team jerseys proudly during the demonstrations-, and in addition socialists guarding the nationalist while they are observing their daily prayers during a temporary occupation. the turkish flags and atatürk pictures you see on international news are the evidence that how much an anti-capitalist struggle of the "right to the city" has diffused into the mainstream public. 

* the population who did not dare to go to the streets, nevertheless dared to support the protesters in various ways. on saturday, notes saying "protesters are welcome" at the entrance of some apartments around the neighbourhood of beyoğlu was spotted. additionally, the shops in beyoğlu not only aided the protesters, by giving them food and shelter, also some big shops and including commercial centers, converted their spaces into infirmaries. it should be noted, from saturday on big companies declared that they will not open any shop in the mall which will be built in the gezi park.

* on the other hand, the liberals which traditionally supported the -in their words- conservative democratic AKP (justice and development party), has been cynical of the protesters from the beginning. they mocked them as "masses which have nothing else to do but protest for trees and bakeries" (the bakery issue is another situation connected to the gentrification of the city center). on saturday, even they could not mock the protesters any more in the face of the brutal police repression. this is -in my opinion- very important, since these learned liberals have been main drive to legitimize AKP in the eyes of the educated turkish middle-class. 

* the refusal of the tv channels to broadcast any relevant news from the streets was both a blessing and a curse. it was a blessing because, we have not seen the usual media distortion of the news *as much*, however since people had to rely on social media this opened a world of possibilities for diversion and misrepresentation of facts, which has been problematic from the beginning.

* as of friday evening the demonstrations have spread into other parts of turkey, official numbers of today (2nd june) say there are 90 demonstrations in 48 different cities. it is especially brutal in ankara as i write this text. hence i will have to finish. 

what will come out of the protest, is the big question right now. erdoğan seems to be unflinching in the face of the protests, which means the brutal police suppression will continue even more strong. my only hope is that people would not be hurt anymore, and for that the state needs to wise up soon and see that they are losing legitimacy. 

final words to my foreign friends; don't idealize the movement, don't alienate the movement as some oriental revolt. the politics of erdoğan are nothing alien to the politics of the conservative european governments. flexible labor conditions, commercialization of the cities and suppression of public discourse. turkey is now a part of this global struggle.


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1 Haziran 2013 Cumartesi

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Al Jazeera - Turkey police crack down on protests


The Vancouver Sun - Thousands of anti-government protesters swarm Istanbul square following clashes with police


Radio-Canada - La police se retire de la place Taksim d'Istanbul, réoccupée par des manifestants


Le Figaro - Turquie : le projet qui a mis le feu aux poudres


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Al Jazeera - Turkish PM vows to probe alleged police misconduct


Lalibre - Turquie: Près de 1.000 arrestations après les manifestations


ROARMAG - The day the people of Turkey rose up — in pictures


FranceTVInfo - A Istanbul, les manifestations virent à une contestation du gouvernement


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France24 - "Nous ne laisserons pas détruire les derniers espaces verts d’Istanbul"


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FAZ - Die Wutbürger vom Gezi-Park


France24 - Nouveaux heurts dans le centre d’Istanbul


Huffington Post - Istanbul Protests Grow In Size As Demonstration Enters 5th Day


CNN - Clashes continue in Istanbul


BBC News Europe- Turkey protests: PM Erdogan defiant as protests rage


VGTV - Tyrkisk demonstrant påkjørt av politiet | Man run over by turkish police


Libération - Le Premier ministre turc reconnaît des «actions extrêmes» de la police


Le Monde - Turquie : M. Erdogan ou l'ivresse du pouvoir


RFI - Turquie: un projet d'urbanisation met le feu aux poudres à Istanbul


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La Croix - Turquie : importante manifestation à Istanbul


TF1 - Turquie : 79 blessés et 939 interpellations pendant les manifestations


France24 - En images : policiers et manifestants s'affrontent au cœur d'Istanbul


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Libération - Turquie: un projet d’aménagement urbain enflamme Istanbul, de nombreux blessés


Global Voices - Turkey: “A Tree Dies, A Nation Rises”


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RFI - Turquie: violences à Istanbul, le gouvernement lâche du lest


Le Parisien - Turquie : violentes manifestations à Istanbul


RT - Thousands of protesters pack Istanbul’s Taksim Square, over 900 arrested across Turkey (VIDEO, PHOTOS)




CNN - Turkish Riot Police Starts Using Agent Orange


e-flux - Revival of Urban Istanbul


CNN iReport - Turkish Riot Police Starts Using Agent Orange


CNN - Police crackdown triggers anti-government riots


CNN iReport - Calling for Civil War?


The Atlantic - Protests Show Turks Can't Tolerate Erdogan Anymore


Huffington Post - #OccupyGezi Protests: Police Attack Peaceful Protesters In Istanbul


Reuters - Turkish police fire tear gas in worst protests in years


CNN iReport - Occupy Gezi / Istanbul Protests


The Guardian - Istanbul park protests sow the seeds of a Turkish spring


The New York Times - Peaceful Protest Over Istanbul Park Turns Violent as Police Crack Down


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Reuters - Gallery: Turkish protests escalate


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Al Jazeera - Turkey arrests anti-government protesters


Deutsche Welle - Turkish police fire tear gas at Istanbul protesters


CNN - Report: Court to hear case at center of Istanbul protests


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