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Istanbul Protest Photos Show Anger, Chaos

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Protesters filled the streets of Turkey on Saturday, the second day of intense clashes between demonstrators and police. ... Peaceful protests began earlier in the week over plans to redevelop a park in the square, but a harsh crackdown by police ...


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Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday June 1, 2013, 9:57 pm
Here is another link sent by Kit B "Turkish Protest"

Do some of the pictures remind you of the Occupy protests? That was certainly the affect on me. This protest that started out as peaceful, has escalated beyond all imaginings

I hope you will keep the Turkish people in your thoughts.

P A (117)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 12:41 am
Tried to send you a green star for this Lynn, but the computer says it is too early - will try later!

There is an AVAAZ community petition on this subject that I signed earlier, sent to me by Sheila S - will try and send it on and come back and post details here if anyone could sign.

P A (117)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 12:48 am
Here it is
From: Özlem Dalkiran with
Sent: Saturday, June 1, 2013 9:36 AM
Subject: Erdoğan: End the crackdown now!

Dear friends,

Right now, police forces in Turkey are using excessive violence against peaceful protesters, injuring scores of people. Only a massive public outcry will pressure PM Erdoğan to stop the crackdown. Sign the urgent petition now and share with everyone:

Sign the petition

I am writing this e-mail from Taksim Square in Istanbul where peaceful protesters are being attacked with gas canisters and pressurized water cannons. Hundreds of us are still here despite the police violence, protesting the destruction of Gezi park which the government wants to turn into a shopping mall.

This started simply as a peaceful sit-in to save a park, but it’s become one of the worst state attacks on protesters in recent memory -- and a frightening example of the Turkish government’s growing eagerness to crack down on its own citizens. The security forces have been individually targeting protesters to terrify, wound and kill us. 12 people have already suffered trauma injuries from gas canisters -- one man died of heart attack, and hundreds are suffering from excessive gas inhalation.

Now more than ever, we need massive public pressure to urge the government to stop using excessive force against protesters immediately, to stop demolishing one of the few green spaces left in Istanbul, and to stop cracking down on citizens who are peacefully assembling or expressing their opinions.

Sign the urgent petition now then share this widely. Only a giant outcry will pressure Erdogan to act immediately:

With hope and determination,

Ozlem Dalkiran
Activist, Istanbul

PS - I started this campaign on the Avaaz Community Petition site. It's easy to get started - click to start yours now and win on any issue - local, national or global:

More Information:

Turkey arrests anti-government protesters

Dozens injured as police clash with protesters in Istanbul

Turkey protesters in violent clashes with police over park demolition

Turkish police tear gas anti-government protesters

Istanbul In Chaos As Turkish Police Attack Protesters With Tear Gas, Water Cannons "


Past Member (0)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 1:58 am
Thank you.

lee e (114)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 3:38 am
Thanks Lynn - it indeed does look like "Occupy" - and thanks Pat - signed the Avaaz petition and shared on F/B - my first reaction was relief that the US didn't instigate this one!

Giana Peranio - Paz (398)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 4:34 am
I signed the petition yesterday. It's crazy, the whole world is going crazy!

Asli Vural (115)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 4:39 am
As a Turkish I must say that here is like Hell! Hell on earth for the citizens who love their country and poor Animals :(

Please keep your eyes on Turkiye and share widely, people should know what is happening here..

I can't be on much but you can get details and also see poor strays pics that were exposed to violant and verh harsh attacks! :(

Feel free to add me, that page is dedicated to Animals...

Kit B (276)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 5:56 am

It may have started like Occupy but the pictures expose an uglier side. It is my understanding that this began as a peaceful protest about the building of a mall. Now it's become a violent and dangerous nightmare for those attempting to use any form of free speech. Many citizens are discontent with the government's involvement in the Syrian strife. Very little actual news is filtering out, which will lead to rumors and uncertainty.

I wish all the best for the people of Turkey, long a model of democracy in the middle-eastern world.

JL A (281)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 6:32 am
Petition signed and I share Kit's hopes for all affected.

pam w (139)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 6:46 am
ONCE, Turkey ws a secular nation but, it seems that Islam has begun to take hold. Islam never, EVER tolerates free speech.

Gene J (290)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 7:43 am
Where peaceful dissent is met by brutal opposition, tyranny reigns. But, as Dr. King and Ghandi proved, persistence is necessary when attempting to bring about societal or cultural change. The first attempts are not going to be met with open arms and immediate reconciliation. It is in the nature of despots, and governments, to consider themselves inviolable and above the fray, so to speak. In other words, they have a tin ear and a fragile ego when questioned by anyone and so overreact in response. Which is why, as has been demonstrated, that protests must continue, peacefully, until the wrong is righted. That is not as easy as it sounds and it cost Dr. King his life, but, oh, what a magnificent legacy he left. There are several people out of history I would love to have met, and may yet though not in this realm, Dr. King is certainly one of them. I hope the authorities in Turkey quickly realize they are in the wrong here and leash their dogs...

SusanAWAY A (219)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 7:49 am
Noted and petition signed and shared.

Farah Hage Ali (155)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 9:34 am
noted and signed, thank you for sharing

Dotti L (85)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 10:19 am
Noted and signed yesterday.

. (0)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 10:46 am
Clearly, a peaceful protest over a park, that became an all out protest, just under scores the discontent in Turkey.

. (0)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 12:55 pm
The people want their individual rights and freedoms and have concerns about their local environment.

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 2:38 pm
Thank You for posting Lynn, and also Pat A. whose petition I signed. Like Kit I wish all the Turkish people the best.
Flagged Spammer.

Vita P (40)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 3:07 pm
A suppressed need of freedom can explode in this case...when leaders also are limiting the "last" bit
of FREE nature...
Thank you for posting this.

Sandi C (96)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 3:39 pm

Nancy Black (308)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 4:12 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared. It is good to see the face of truth.

Jelica R (144)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 4:17 pm
Spammer flagged.

Here is Avaaz Petition: Erdoğan: End the crackdown now!

30,915 signers. Let's reach 50,000

Jelica R (144)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 5:16 pm
Check out our latest picture gallery for some of the best images from the last few days.

Turkey Protests Live Blog:

Turkey Protests -- 8 minutes ago

Anita McNaught reports that since the reports of protesters' "strategic breakthrough" with the excavator and trucks (click HERE to see video), police have since pushed them back about 500m.
Turkey Protests -- 26 minutes ago

Video footage showing the excavator taken over by demonstrators to break through police lines.

They took also large trucks, one of which was filled with paving stone, Anita McNaught reports, but the police came back and redoubled their efforts to contain them, pushing the protesters back.
........... ................ .................
Turkey Protests -- about 11 hours ago

Erdogan has reiterated that his government will not back away from plans to uproot trees at Taksim as part of his urban renovation plans for the area.

The protests in Istanbul started as a sit-in to protect the 600 trees in the area's Gezi Park.

In a statement that could cause more controversy, he also declared that a mosque would be built at Taksim.

"I am not going to seek the permission of the [the opposition] or a handful of plunderers," Erdogan said.

Erdogan also defended his government's environmental record, saying it had planted two billion trees since coming to office in 2002.

Many of the protesters fear the reconstruction of a military barracks in Taksim will come to include a shopping centre. Commenting on this, Erdogan said:

"They are talking about a shopping center. What we are referring to is not a usual shopping centre - you can't build it there. There hasn't been a decision for this centre. Maybe we will build a city museum there or a venue for different activities. Have you got any documents about what will be built there. No! But they bring people to protest anyway."

Hugh Pope, a veteran author on Middle Eastern matters, has posted about his view of the protests in Istanbul, and why their intensity grew so quickly. Pope lives a short walk from Taksim Square. More on Pope's Blog DINING WITH AL-QAEDA; Three Decades Exploring the Many Worlds of the Middle East.

Süheyla C (234)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 6:43 pm
Democracy, he deceived. See Here democracy. Enthusiasm for setting up the Ottoman Empire. He inflatable by Obama. Sultan - Caliph Dictator Hitler Tayyip Erdogan

John B (185)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 7:01 pm
Thanks Lynn for the link to the article by Ariel Edwards-Levy. Sad that this is happening. Signed the petitionj earlier today. Post noted.

JL A (281)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 7:17 pm
Please also sign Suheyla's C2 petition (she is from Turkey):

Sheila D (28)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 7:59 pm
Signed the petition (Thanks, Pat A.). Seems those in "authority" have decided violence is the only way to get control. Diplomacy seems to be a think of the past. Even the Teabaggers (who aren't in control yet) have been indicating the only way to get their way is to promote violence against anyone who disagrees with them. Let's hope reason prevails, and soon.

Stan B (123)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 9:11 pm
The demolition of the park was the last straw. Ever since Kemal Ataturk, Turkey has been a secular democracy where individual freedoms have been respected.
Since the election of Erdgan and his Islamist party, these freedoms have been gradually chipped away and the Turkish people have had enough.
I wish them well in their struggle for freedom and hope they fare better than their fellow freedom fighters in Iran.
Happy to sign thanks Lynn.

JL A (281)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 10:27 pm
Information on international response included in the article at:

Patricia H. (440)
Monday June 3, 2013, 2:34 am

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday June 3, 2013, 2:41 am
Jack S. on June 2.
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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday June 3, 2013, 3:03 am
So they want to destroy a Green Area to build a SHOPPING MALL - somehow that sounds awfully familiar!

The Big Corporations are International and HAVE NO PATRIOTISM OR NATIONALITY.
Wouldn't be surprising if the BIG CORPORATIONS were behind this crackdown!
They are the REAL powers - and the govts are mainly their puppets and their errand-boys.
Ah, Capitalism - and Earth's, Nature's, the Environment's FINAL DAYS...

[Only the Big Corporations - the exact same ones we have in OUR Shopping Malls! - would be in a Shopping Mall - as opposed to a traditional-type Market or indigenous expression of commerce. The Shopping Mall in Istanbul, would have the SAME identical brands - and prices! - that WE have.....!] [This is exactly like Monsanto taking over Indigenous Agriculture and plants...]

For these International and U.S. brands, they want to CUT DOWN 600 TREES.....and one of the FEW remaining parks in the City, where people can BREATHE...
Sounds FAMILIAR, all right!
And, yes, for those who have already suffered and died -
There'll be a Starbucks, all the "fashion brands", Nike, etc... the "hip" stuff for young folks...
For tourists and upper-middle-class, only... all sanitized, bright fluorescent lights, FAKE "nature", if any....

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Monday June 3, 2013, 3:25 am
Be it noted, that here in the U.S., in ALL cities where the Occupy Movement appeared,
[Often done in the early morning hours, so much of it didn't get filmed.]
It was, it turned out, a CO-ORDINATED EFFORT with the FEDERAL GOVT, NATIONWIDE, not merely a City-by-City thing.

Wouldn't be too surprising if there were now an INTERNATIONALLY CO-ORDINATED EFFORT, to remove Occupiers like these in Istanbul.
The Corporations KNOW NO INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARIES; and, if you haven't guessed, they're a Shadow Government behind the governments we SEE.....

Winn A (179)
Monday June 3, 2013, 7:17 am
Prayers for the protesters . . . .

Sheryl G (359)
Monday June 3, 2013, 10:57 am
Petitions signed and my heart goes out to those who are oppressed.

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 1:50 am
Thank you lynn petiton signed

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 4, 2013, 8:24 am
Thank you Lynn

Gina Caracci (219)
Saturday June 8, 2013, 5:05 pm
signed the petitions and am praying ...this is how its gonna be around the world and its only gonna get worse unless the MASSES stand up..too many people are passive..they are on their damn phones, playing video games, getting drunk or just dont care...and thats their right of course but when it is IN their face, they will cry WTH, why didnt anyone do anything?

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:16 pm
@ Pam W --- Free speech is anathema to radical or fanatic religion of any sort. And once that religion takes hold in government, such that the state becomes a theocracy, it is worse.

Thank you everyone for signing the petitions and offering your thoughts for the Turkish people. I personally believe that there should be no theocratic governments in the world. Everyone should be free to believe as they will, but not impose their beliefs on another.

I heard today that 2 Canadian journalists have been detained by the Turkish régime.

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 6:22 pm
Petitions (those linked here included):

Avaaz: Erdogan: End the crackdown now!


The White House Petitions: Condemn the actions taken against peaceful protesters in Istanbul Turkey

The Literacy Site: Call on Turkey's Leadership to End Media Censorship


AI USA: Turkey: End Abuse and Reveal Extent of Injuries

LabourStart: Turkey: Stop police violence - allow the protests!



Walter F (129)
Saturday December 7, 2013, 2:24 am
Petitions signed.Did Attaturk live for nothing.The democracy he established is being eroded .The islamists he controlled are making a comeback.
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