Category Asia, Africa and far East

Kurdistan – a people’s quest for freedom and democratic autonomy

This document will summarize what is happening in Syria and Rojava (Western Kurdistan). There are many
ethnic and religious communities living in Syria. One of these is the Kurds. We will give a summary of what the Kurds have gone through in the past three years, from bloody conflict to their approach to war, attacks on their region and their proposals for a solution. What we present here may appear to be a Kurdish proposal for peace; however, we believe that if applied more broadly, it could be a model for a peaceful and democratic Syria as a whole.

Extreme police repression in Turkey leaves many wounded and one dead

At 9pm with only a 15 minutes warning the police attacked Gezi park which was at that time filled with peaceful protestors, among them kids, elderly and tourists as well. In less than half an hour the park was cleared from protestors after which the police started tearing down the tents, banners, infirmaries and community spaces that were set up by the protestors. A lot of people sought refuge in the hotels surrounding Gezi Park, with the Divan Hotel opening its doors to the wounded and being turned into an emergency hospital.

In solidarity with the protesters in Turkey

Despite ongoing police brutality, the number of protesters increased and many fellow Istanbulites, mostly organized through social media, continued to arrive to occupy Taksim Gezi Park. In the evening, riot police blocked the entrance to the square. They encountered thousands of protesters rallying through Istiklal Street. It is reported that mobile networks were blocked and security cameras were turned off to prevent the streaming of the incidences.

The statement of the Turkish protesters (in 23 languages) #occupygezi #RESISTAKSIM

After a series of peaceful demonstrations for preserving a recreational area in Istanbul city center which is planned to demolished for the construction of a shopping mall, Turkish police attacked the protesters violently with tear gas and water cannon, directly targeting their faces and bodies. Dozens of protesters are hospitalized and access to the park is blocked without any legal basis. Turkish media, directly controlled by the government or have business and political ties with it, refuse to cover the incidents. Press agencies also blocked the information flow.

Four dead in Turkey, as police uses excessive violence against protesters

Ten people were injured today in a violent crack-down from the Turkish police after hundreds of protesters camped out for several days at a park in downtown Istanbul opposed the destruction of a public park. People from of all ages, expressed their disagreement with the demolition of buildings and uprooting of some 600 trees that form the lung on that side of town. Ottoman military barracks will be restored also in this place in order to build a large shopping center.

Message from anarchists in Turkey

Our sentimental brother Mr. Arinc (islamist Turkish politician, Vice-Prime Minister) has said that «some anarchist groups were coming to cause destruction by using May 1st as an excuse; they were planning to use these celebrations in order to cause destruction against our government, our state. Our police and security forces were aware of their plans and that is why we forbade them to enter Taksim». We guess when the «there

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Anti-rape protesters brutalised in India

Violence against women in India has reached epidemic proportions. This year there have been 256,000 violent crimes, of which 228,000 have been against women. There is a woman raped in India every 20 minutes, and the rate is rising. Last week saw the brutal rape of a young student on a Delhi bus by 6 drunken men. Indians decided to peacefully protest and demand justice. The state had other ideas….

Student protests continue in Turkey

Hundreds of students demonstrated on the 18th December 2012 in front of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara (Turkey) against the visit of the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan and his governmental-party AKP have been pushing forward the privatization of higher education for a couple years. The reason for the visit was the launch of Gokturk2, Turkey’s first indigenous intelligence satellite.

South Africa: the story behind a brutal police massacre

We have seen shocking images of the South African police opening fire on striking miners in the north west of the country. It has been described as the ‘worst day of violence since the end of Apartheid’. 34 people have died and 78 people injured. The ANC government declared the strike – over a pay dispute at the Lonmin platinum mine – illegal and ordered the police to disperse the strikers after the weeklong violent protest..

Historic protest in Israel: over 300,000 demand social justice

by Jérôme E. Roos (posted on Roarmag) Largest rally in Israeli history sees four percent of the population out in the streets — that would be 12 million people in the streets of the US! The Israeli social justice movement has just gone into orbit and exploded into previously unchartered territories. According to police estimates (which tend to be conservative), 300,000 protesters took to the streets across the country in

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