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.
Τhousands took to the streets yesterday, defying the call of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to end the demonstrations. Clashes occurred Saturday mainly in Ankara, where police attacked protesters in the Kizilay square with tear gas and water cannons. In Istanbul, a crowd gathered for the 9th day in Taksim. Fans of Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas joined the march, along with anarchists, feminists and left-wing parties. Early Saturday, protesters together with activists who have settled in Taksim Square in Istanbul down-town distributed food.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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….
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.
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..
Originally published in German in Der Spiegel Beijing fears an uprising of the masses as angry men set fire to police cars, attack officials and build barricades in the southwest of China. BEIJNG – In southwest China, in the early hours of Friday, August 12th, thousands of people were engaged in violent confrontations with the […]