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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby Tim Drayton » Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:34 pm

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, run by the ruling AKP, has issued a statement saying that trees are not being cut down in Gezi Park, but their dead branches are being pruned. Time will tell.

http://www.haberturk.com/gundem/haber/1 ... -yalanladi
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:31 am

[14] Berkin Elvan's murderer identified almost three years after shooting

Turkish daily Hurriyet Daily News (03.03.16) reported that a legal investigation has revealed the identity of the police officer who shot the youngest victim of the Gezi Park protests, 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, almost three years after a tear gas canister that fatally injured Elvan was fired on June 2013.
A report by daily Milliyet said that the police officer who caused Elvan's death has finally been identified, almost two years after the teenager succumbed to his wounds following a 269-day coma on March 11, 2014.

Camera footage from the incident displayed two police officers shooting tear gas at the spot where Elvan, then 14, sustained his wounds.

The footage was retrieved from the camera of a riot control vehicle with water cannon, popularly known as a TOMA, and was sent to the gendarmerie criminal laboratory for investigation.

An expert report identified a police officer and a police superintendent as suspects, but it was later determined that only the police officer's position matched the direction from where Elvan was shot.

According to reports, the Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office has since been searching for the suspect and finally identified the officer ? some two years after the footage was retrieved.

The officer was transferred to a different province and will testify in the coming days, daily Milliyet reported.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby Lordo » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:39 pm

i would not hold my breath. may berkin elvan rip.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:43 am

Green activists, and their livestock, send Turkish miners packing

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origina ... z42Ano4zDW

Activists organized solidarity demonstrations in other provinces, and hundreds of Artvin natives living elsewhere rushed to their hometown to support the resistance. At the end of the day, the earth movers were unable to start work, even after the heavy-handed response of the security forces.

With the protest wave spilling over across Turkey, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was compelled to take action, but he did not follow Erdogan’s example during the Gezi Park protests. After a two-hour meeting with both sides Feb. 24, he announced that work at Cerattepe was suspended until an ongoing judicial process on the issue was completed. The move injected some hope to the protest movement and the tensions subsided, pending the court’s next exploratory study in the area, set for March 24.

Only three days after the Feb. 24 meeting, however, Erdogan took the stage, blasting the protest and calling it a junior Gezi.

Given Erdogan’s great clout over both the company and the judiciary, his outburst overshadowed Davutoglu’s conciliatory approach, heralding fresh tensions. In a sign that the people of Artvin have lost nothing of their resolve, Karahan said, “Our resistance is not shrinking but growing. This is a vital struggle.” The upcoming days will show whether Erdogan or Davutoglu gets the upper hand in how the government treats the junior Gezi.


The article itself is interesting but too long to quote in whole.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:49 pm

...just a shout out to the big Oz, who started this thread,

...for the record, i will post this here; it is after-all where it began, and Erdogan's world changed for-ever.

A dispatch from Diyarbakır, Turkey, where Erdoğan continues his military assault on the Kurdish resistance.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/03/turk ... iyarbakir/

...well written, worth reading


Turkey Abruptly Closes Espionage Trial of 2 Journalists to Public

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/world ... .html?_r=0

...i was debating, should i post this in the "Erdogan the Clown" thread?


...cheers.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:01 am

How Turkish police could have prevented IS massacre in Ankara

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origina ... z46K9jOEwQ


...in case any of you missed it, this article worth reading.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Mon Jun 20, 2016 5:58 pm

...it does not stop.

http://www.politico.eu/article/erdogan- ... gezi-park/

“One of the issues that we have to be brave [about] is Gezi Park in Taksim,” Erdoğan said at a meeting on the city’s heritage. “We will construct that historical building there,” referring to a replica of the Ottoman military barracks first constructed in 1780 and destroyed in 1940. He said the square should house also an opera, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said in a report Saturday.


...what Erdogan said yesterday.
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Re: Surprising message from Istanbul's Provincial Governor

Postby Tim Drayton » Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:50 am

Tim Drayton wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:Istanbul Provincial Governor, Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, has sent the following message on Twitter to the Gezi Park protestors:

"İki saat uyudum ve uyuyamadım. Sıcak yatakları yerine Gezi Parkı'nda yatan bu ülkenin gençlerine selam vermek için ayaktayım. Kendilerini sadece özgür birey, partiler üstünde yurttaş, hiç kimsenin peşinde olmayan, kendi düşüncelerinin savunucusu görenleri selamlıyorum.

Günlerdir gezi parkında duran bizim ülkemizin insanları ve gençlerine gecikmiş selamlarlarımızı iletiyorum. Sabahınız huzurlu olsun, merhaba.

Her türlü olumlu olumsuz değerlendirme dışında ,bizim nsanımızla,gencimizde konuşmanın ötesinde hiç birşeyin önemli olmadığına inanıyorum. Anlaşsak da anlaşmasak da bizim birbirimizle dertleşmek, birbirimizin gözüne insanca ve adaletle bakmamız şarttır, her fert değerli ve özeldir.

Her türlü eleştiriye açık bir sohbeti, Gezi Parkı'nın kendini sadece özgür birey, yurttaş olarak tanımlayan gençleriyle yapmak istiyorum. Gençler, gezi parkında kuş sesleri, ıhlamur kokusu ve arı vızıltısıyla huzurlu bir sabah varmış doğru mu? Aranızda olmak isterdim."

TRANSLATION:

“I have tossed and turned for two hours. I am on my feet to salute this country’s young people who are sleeping in Gezi Park rather than in their warm beds. I salute those who perceive themselves to be nothing but free individuals, citizens above any party, followers of nobody, the defenders of their own thoughts.

I convey my belated greetings to the people and youth of our country who for days have remained in Gezi Park.

Leaving all manner of positive and negative assessment to one side, I believe that nothing is more important than speaking with our people and our youth. Whether or not we reach agreement, we have got to share our concerns with one another and look one another in the eye with humanity and justice. Every individual is valuable and special.

I wish to engage in conversation in which there is room for all kinds of criticism with the young people of Gezi Park who define themselves purely in terms of being free individuals and citizens. Youngsters, a peaceful morning replete with the sound of birds, the scent of lime and the buzzing of bees has arrived, hasn’t it? I would like to be with you.”


http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/?hn=421718&kn=7&ka=4&kb=7


I have just been watching the protestors' TV channel, and the message to the Istanbul Provincial Governor from there seems to be, "Resign first and then come and join us as an ordinary citizen!'


Curiously, former Istanbul governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu has been arrested as part of the post-coup crackdown, and the main reason he is under investigation appears to be the above tweet, or more precisely his motives for sending it.

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turk ... yakti.html
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:50 am

...another shout out to big oz: dude!

...http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turke ... 1468989510

...45 students convicted for a protest they made in 2012; not Gezi, but just the same.

cheers.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby kurupetos » Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:45 pm

repulsewarrior wrote:...another shout out to big oz: dude!

...http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turke ... 1468989510

...45 students convicted for a protest they made in 2012; not Gezi, but just the same.

cheers.

Good! :)
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