I want to start this post by saying that I have never ever used this blog for anything other than its purpose. But now is time for a union, one that we – Turkish people – need help of everybody else around the world! So if you are the kind of people who read this space and not just look at the photos and skip; please help us spread the word.
Right now there is a civilian riot going on in Turkey; the police are attacking innocent citizens who at first wanted to preserve one of the last remaining parks at the heart of Istanbul and started a peaceful protest to prevent it from getting demolished (with the sake of building yet another new shopping mall). After 5 days, it’s now a nationwide resistance against everything that has been going wrong in our country for over 10 years (including freedom of speech, peer pressure about religion, freedom to dress, the right to drink alcohol, the right to protest, media blackouts, terror, violance against women and child rapes – which increased at the rate of over %400 in the past 5 years – etc) but our fascist dictator whom calls himself a democratic prime minister, is ordering “his” police to use excessive violance not just to stop the protestors but to actually KILL them. They started with regular tear gas bombs – which we actually are immune to at this point – but as of today they started attacking us with ORANGE AGENT (orange gas bomb) which is strictly banned by UN, which was used at Vietnam War and caused thousands of children to be born with permenant disabilities or mortal diseases. Also they are using rubber bullets, spraying pressurized water directly onto people from tanks (which already ran over 3 protesters in the past 2 days).
Our national media is so pathetically attached to the government and dependant on their money, that they are carrying out a media blackout. So much that CNN Turkish Channel is showing a documentary about penguins whereas CNN International is doing a live coverage of the riot. There are hundreds of thousands of people on the streets of not just Istanbul but Ankara, Izmir, Antep, Bodrum… anywhere you can imagine. These people do not attack anyone or vandalise the cities but the police violently attack these people with no regard to anyone’s safety. They are even aiming at the people who go out to their balcony to applause the crowd for support, spraying tear gas into their homes. Someone actually died today because a policeman fired an actual bullet to his head during the protests.
I can not share all the information or the photos here. What I can do is to inform as many people as I can (let it be 6 or 6000 followers) and make them help us be heard by any means. We need help from all around the world to stop this violance and find the strenght and faith in us to keep on going. There has been protests on the streets of Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan, Washington, San Francisco, New York and Montreal (I know so far).
You can see the photos from the riot here, or check out Huffington Post, CNN, NY Times, Guardian, Zeit Online, Le Soir, Der Spiegel, La Repubblica, Corriere Della Sera, Le Figaro, Le Monde… any major publication (besides Turkish ones) to find the correct information.
Thank you for reading and thank you in advance for your support, if not verbal or written but just by coming from the heart.