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Postby repulsewarrior » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:08 am

On Friday, police used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a Women’s Day march. Erdogan told rallies this week that opposition parties were behind this year’s event and accused the march attendees, estimated at 10,000 people, of protesting the azan, or Muslim call to prayer, which organizers denied. But the accusation angered Islamists, who marched past bars in the nightlife district of Beyoglu, near Gezi, on Sunday and shouted, “Break the hand that harms our azan.”

Gezi “was one of the proudest moments for Turkish society,” said Huda Kaya, a lawmaker with the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party. She told the news conference that she attended the Gezi protests with her family. “The lies [about Gezi] are now lies about an attack on the azan. They won’t be able to prove these lies, and they will take their rightful place in history.”



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

Postby repulsewarrior » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:21 pm

...their day in court is coming very soon,

This weekend, the Istanbul election do-over will provide a vital test for Turkey’s democratic institutions. The assessment will continue on Monday, when the nation’s judiciary will be put in the spotlight with the start of the much-awaited Gezi trials.

Sixteen people are facing life imprisonment without parole for allegedly organizing and financing the 2013 Istanbul Gezi Park protests. Among them are the philanthropist Osman Kavala, who has been in pretrial detention since November 2017, and Yigit Aksakoglu, an early childhood education advocate who's been jailed for more than seven months.

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

Postby Maximus » Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:21 am

What, - the election do-over? A vital test for Turkey's democratic institutions?

Some might say they already failed and democracy in Turkey is dead.

Others might ask, how something can die when it never lived.

Democracy is not just about voting.

As for these sixteen people, the jury is out before they enter the court room. Erdogan has seen to that.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:43 pm

Gezi trial interim decision: Kavala remains in detention, Aksakoğlu released

https://ahvalnews.com/gezi-trial/gezi-t ... u-released

...the defendants' statements are worth reading.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:21 pm

...not Turkey but reminds me of Gezi,

http://www.sinodaily.com/reports/Tear_g ... o_999.html
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:28 pm

Turkey acquits nine human rights defenders in Gezi Park protest trial

https://ahvalnews.com/gezi-park/turkey- ... end%20list

...despite a ruling from the EU, despite the long trial, despite the acquittal these people received, it is not over; the prosecutor seeks to appeal.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:38 pm

https://rm.coe.int/20200221-abdulhamit- ... 16809c93de

re-arrested (again).

Osman Kavala

...for the record.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:19 pm

...it is not yet a shopping center with barracks.

https://balkaninsight.com/2020/10/21/is ... ic-square/

"The shopping mall project was abandoned, but the government and the then mayor of Istanbul, from Erdogan’s ruling party, continue to produce new plans for the square, which resulted in its current cement-looking appearance. In 2017, the government also started construction of a new mosque in the square.

However, after Erdogan’s party lost local elections in 2019 in almost all major cities, including the largest city of Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, a new plan was introduced for the design of the iconic square.

Although Istanbulites are being given the chance to vote for their favourite projects for the three squares, it is still not clear that their choices will actually be implemented, owing to regular disagreements between local authorities and central government in Turkey."
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby repulsewarrior » Sat Feb 06, 2021 9:37 pm

...more fear from Erdogan. Such as it is, the protest of young and intelligent people in Turkey continues, and worsens, with the hostility his government is extending to them.

Turkey: Erdogan promises 'no mercy' towards Istanbul protesters
https://www.dw.com/en/turkey-erdogan-pr ... a-56477279

Opinion: Erdogan fears Turkey's Generation Z
https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-erdogan-f ... m_ln=76380
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

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