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

Postby repulsewarrior » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:46 am

Turkey starts building controversial mosque in Istanbul square

http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/02/17/decad ... ul-square/

Construction began on Friday of a mosque in Istanbul’s central Taksim square, a controversial project championed by Turkey‘s President Tayyip Erdogan but mired in years of court battles and public debate.

Cranes moved into the site and first cement was poured at a modest ground-breaking ceremony on the edge of the square, long a rallying point for demonstrations, as riot police with armoured vehicles and water cannon stood guard.


...this is Erdogan's Turkey.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby Tim Drayton » Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:16 am

It is worth noting that this is in a part of the city that had a majority non-Muslim population within living memory.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:27 am

...news,

ANKARA, Turkey — In 1990, Turkish authorities built a monument to human rights in the center of the Turkish capital. Since May 22, nobody has been able to reach it.

First, the police encircled it with a fence. For a time, they blocked the street it stands on. At one point they even shut a small square nearby that provided access to the street.

These moves carry obvious symbolism at a time of widespread rights abuses in Turkey, but the government also has a more practical goal in mind.

For over six months, a tiny group of former teachers and civil servants — a few of the more than 100,000 people who have been purged from their jobs during Turkey’s continuing crackdown on dissent — had assembled at the statue each day to ask for their jobs back.


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/worl ... dogan.html

Asked how the thousands of purged civil servants might find the money to eat, one A.K.P official, Osman Zabun, suggested they should be left to starve. “They can go and eat the roots of trees,” he said during the height of the purges in October. “This country has nothing to give to them.”

There is therefore a certain irony in the government’s attempt to end the hunger strike, Ms. Karadag argued. “The message they’re sending,” she said, “is that, ‘We can kill you with hunger, but you can’t kill yourself with hunger.’”
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby Tim Drayton » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:38 am

There is an interview here, translated into English, with the last remaining person trying to keep the hunger strike going at the Human Rights Statue in Ankara now that the other two have been thrown in jail:

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

Postby Tim Drayton » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:45 am

Following the above interview, Veli Saçılık had a large number of plastic bullets fired at him during a police assault on Wednesday on this one-man protest by a one-armed man.

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

Postby repulsewarrior » Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:22 pm

...more plastic bullets,

For the third time since 2015, Istanbul Pride met with resistance from police and ultranationalist activists. On June 25, riot squads fired rubber bullets at those who wished to participate in the parade celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and prevented large crowds from gathering in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square. At least 44 people were detained. There was some positive news in all of this: There was no bloodshed and the detained were later released by police.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origina ... z4l96TMW30
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby kurupetos » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:22 pm

repulsewarrior wrote:...more plastic bullets,

For the third time since 2015, Istanbul Pride met with resistance from police and ultranationalist activists. On June 25, riot squads fired rubber bullets at those who wished to participate in the parade celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and prevented large crowds from gathering in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square. At least 44 people were detained. There was some positive news in all of this: There was no bloodshed and the detained were later released by police.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/origina ... z4l96TMW30

The dirty homos probably liked it... :roll:
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