What is Happenning in Istanbul?

To my friends who live outside of Turkey:

I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.

Last week of May 2013 a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and yoga students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least one in every neighborhood! The tearing down of the trees was supposed to begin early Thursday morning. People went to the park with their blankets, books and children. They put their tents down and spent the night under the trees. Early in the morning when the bulldozers started to pull the hundred-year-old trees out of the ground, they stood up against them to stop the operation.

They did nothing other than standing in front of the machines.

No newspaper, no television channel was there to report the protest. It was a complete media black out.

But the police arrived with water cannon vehicles and pepper spray. They chased the crowds out of the park.

In the evening of May 31st the number of protesters multiplied. So did the number of police forces around the park. Meanwhile local government of Istanbul shut down all the ways leading up to Taksim square where the Gezi Park is located. The metro was shut down, ferries were cancelled, roads were blocked.

Yet more and more people made their way up to the center of the city by walking.

They came from all around Istanbul. They came from all different backgrounds, different ideologies, different religions. They all gathered to prevent the demolition of something bigger than the park:

The right to live as honorable citizens of this country.

They gathered and continued sitting in the park. The riot police set fire to the demonstrators’ tents and attacked them with pressurized water, pepper and tear gas during a night raid. Two young people were run over by the vehicles and were killed. Another young woman, a friend of mine, was hit in the head by one of the incoming tear gas canisters. The police were shooting them straight into the crowd. After a three hour operation she is still in Intensive Care Unit and in very critical condition. As I write this we don’t know if she is going to make it. This blog is dedicated to her.

These people are my friends. They are my students, my relatives. They have no «hidden agenda» as the state likes to say. Their agenda is out there. It is very clear. The whole country is being sold to corporations by the government, for the construction of malls, luxury condominiums, freeways, dams and nuclear plants. The government is looking for (and creating when necessary) any excuse to attack Syria against Turkish people’s will.

On top of all that, the government control over its people’s personal lives has become unbearable as of late. The state, under its conservative agenda passed many laws and regulations concerning abortion, cesarean birth, sale and use of alcohol and even the color of lipstick worn by the airline stewardesses.

People who are marching to the center of Istanbul are demanding their right to live freely and receive justice, protection and respect from the State. They demand to be involved in the decision-making processes about the city they live in.

What they have received instead is excessive force and enormous amounts of tear gas shot straight into their faces. Three people lost their eyes.

Yet they still march. Hundreds and thousands of citizens from all walks of life then joined them to support for the protestors. Couple of more thousand passed the Bosporus Bridge on foot to support the people of Taksim. They were met with more water cannons and more pepper spray, more hostility. Four people died, thousands of people were injured.

No newspaper or TV channel was there to report the events. They were busy with broadcasting news about Miss Turkey and “the strangest cat of the world”.

Police kept chasing people and spraying them with pepper spray to an extent that stray dogs and cats were poisoned and died by it.

Schools, hospitals and even 5 star hotels around Taksim Square opened their doors to the injured. Doctors filled the classrooms and hotel rooms to provide first aid. Some police officers refused to spray innocent people with tear gas and quit their jobs. Around the square they placed jammers to prevent internet connection and 3g networks were blocked. Residents and businesses in the area provided free wireless network for the people on the streets. Restaurants offered food and water for free.

People in Ankara and İzmir gathered on the streets to support the resistance in Istanbul. Demonstations spread to other cities where citizens were faced more brutality and hostiliy from police. Hundred of thousands kept joining.

Mainstream media kept showing Miss Turkey and “the strangest cat of the world”.


I am writing this letter so that you know what is going on in Istanbul. Mass media will not tell you any of this. Not in my country at least. Please post as many as articles as you see on the Internet and spread the word.

I do not belong to a political party. I don’t believe in politics. I don’t defend any ideology and I am not on the side of any regime. Like many others in Turkey I am tired and frustrated from the polarization between Kemalist seculars and the Islamists. I don’t belong to any of them. I believe in moving away from polarization and towards a new way of relating. I know many people who are out on the streets of Istanbul share the way I think and I know we are not the only ones. We just want to live our lives with human dignity.

As I was posting articles that explained what is happening in Istanbul on my Facebook page last night someone asked me the following question:

«What are you hoping to gain by complaining about our country to foreigners?»

This blog is my answer to her.

By so called «complaining» about my country I am hoping to gain:

Freedom of expression and speech,

Respect for human rights,

Control over the decisions I make concerning my on my body,

The right to legally congregate in any part of the city without being considered a terrorist.

But most of all by spreading the word to you, my friends who live in other parts of the world, I am hoping to get your awareness, support and help!

Please spread the word and share this blog.

Thank you!

For futher info and things you can do for help please see Amnesty International’s Call for Urgent Help

Taken from Occupy Gezi Facebook page. Also used by Reuters

What is Happenning in Istanbul?” için 2.361 yorum

  1. facebook dont let me add occupy gezi’s page. it said it doesn’t existe. Strongness for your struggle. your struggle and ours are the same. capitalism is internacional, so do our struggle.

      1. Kalmak ve Polonya’da eskisi gibi mücadele sizinle bulunmaktadır. Sen kazandın!

    1. Facebook and youtube blocks us. and everything about turkey. Slowly…
      FB and YTB supports one ugly MF modern dictator now 😦

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      2. İn Turkey everything s ok, just you are looking from other window.. in a country there are to much diffirent people and it s normal to think not the same from this it is normal to see some problem like this but just try to remember in istanbul how many people s living !!! 25 million peoples living and in this 25 milliones people just 20 thousand or 50 thousand peoples who s not loving Turkey and Turkey’s prime minister that they doing like this… and for they are sending you news like this service that you are thinking so bad about turkey….just know in Turkey 80 milliones peopoles lifing and 40 milliones peoples holdin this government…. in soon it wil be finish and everything will be normal….;))

      3. it is the “normal” people you have to be afraid of. If I would live in a state were any form of religion is involved in the goverment I would be on the street everyday or leave quickly. preaching conservative values and preaching morale values while selling everyone to capitalism, does anyone smell hypocrisy or is this normal. All the best to the turkish people who go on the street to support free choice for everyone and fight against opression of a depraved goverment preaching morale values to mask their hidden agenda of just making themselves richer, just like every western goverment.

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    2. If you can’t access Facebook and Twitter it’s because Turkish communications companies are blocking it.

      1. most people here are misled or deluded about the facts about gezi parki thing: not a single people died during the protests, some protesters are injured but not fatal, no blocking of internet or facebook or twitter exists. some try to paint a dictatorship rule in Turkey but in reality it is only about a government that doesn’t know how to respond to criticism and protests; nothing more. No Tahrir comes out of Taksim (it is a dream of leftist extremes wanting to topple a freely elected government). When the Prime Minister cools down and understands that he has to back down on certain decisions, everything will be quiet. What the world doesn’t know is that Turkey has suffered a lot in the hands of leftist militant protesters that act violent, throw rocks and stones at the police, damage all properties on their way. These militants have to quit or the peaceful protest in Turkey will be a dream.

    3. türkiyedeki üniversiteliler cok komik kendilerini bi üstün görüp yeni cag olarak türkiyeyi degistirmek istiyorlar..cogular daha dogru bi is yerinde calismamis ve dahada ailelerin parasini yigerekden hayatlarini gecindiriyorlar vay sizin ekonomi anlayasinizdan!.. siz hayat ne hic haberiniz yok hic biseyden haberiniz yok…eger okadar dünyaya ve yesilliklere deger veriyorsaniz niye cöpünüzü ev kenarina atiyorsunuz? niye cöpünüzü ayirmiyorsunuz…niye araba sayinizi azaltmiyorsunuz? niye okadar taxi otobüs kullaniyorsunuz?? ha tabi is kendisine gelirse kimse eksik yasamak istemez. ben kendim almanyadan geliyorum ve tek size gülüyorum..o kadar devrimler yasamis türkiye ve siz dahalen bi kac yürüslerle bisey degistirebileceginizi sanetiorsunuz.burda almanyda sizin gibi herkez sokaga atmiyorlar en iyi olani yolluolar politikaya ha bide ic cekismeler oldugunda her parti el elle oluo ama siz bunu basaramiyorsunuz chp mhp politikadan baska polemik yapmasini biliyor!! akp sayesinde türkiyenin ekonomisi almanyayi gecmek üzeri ve siz dahalen yagara yapiyorsunuz.kimse sizin arkanizda degil eger siz devrimin yüzünden hapislere yatsaniz ingiltere fransa gelipde sizi kurtarmaz! lütfen artik bu cahilikliye son verin & herkez kendisni bir numara politikaci olarak ortaya atmassin…sizden yurtdisinda yasayan türk olarak cok utaniyorum kendi ülkenizi dis ülkelere böyle yansitmanisi cok ayipliyorum!!!!!!!

      1. En azından Almanlar’dan sokağa çöp atmamayı öğrenebilmişsin. Öküz gidip yüzde yüz öküz kalanlar da var dışına kafanızı uzatmadığınız mahallelerinizde.

      2. Hem olayı kavrayamamışsın, hem burada değilsin, hem de yandaşsın, sorsam gurbet gurbet dersin, gel desek gelmezsin, bilmem hatırlar mısın ama “Davulun sesi uzaktan hoş gelir” diye, senin ki de o misal, oraya giden herkesi üniversiteli öğrenci sanıyorsun, adam akıllı bakmamışsın, bakdıysan da görmemişsin veya görmek istememişsin, hayatta adım atmaya korkmak sende Türkiye’den kalan tek yadigar ki, “eger siz devrimin yüzünden hapislere yatsaniz ingiltere fransa gelipde sizi kurtarmaz!” diyorsun, bu insanların buna ihtiyacı yok emin ol ve de son olarak bu kadar utanıyorsan gittiğin yerde kal, doyduğun yeri memleket bil ve buraya müdahele etme, çok etmek istersen de biraz oku ve biraz daha geniş bakmayı öğren…

      3. Bende almanyadan geliyorum ve arada bir fark daha var. Burda 1000 kisi toplanirsa biber gazi ile dagitilmaz. Cünkü bunu yapmakta insanlar özgür. Ve haberlerde de olayi görürdük. Fark burada. Ve bil ki, konu ne cöp ne agac.

      4. The same things were said about the United States protestors during “Occupy Wallstreet”. Don’t listen to such things. It takes a lot of courage to stand up for what is right, and those people who aren’t affected by the same troubles as you (and are inconvenienced by nothing but people talking about the changes needed) tend to yell for no reason. They have absolutely no idea what it means to have values that aren’t worn on your sleeve. These people think that they will one day be a part of the money that goes with the corruption you make a stand against, and because of this, will do whatever they can to continue the status quo. It’s disgusting, sickening, and I cannot fathom how such ridiculous people still exist in modern society.

        I stand with your protesters in Turkey. I stand in solidarity from the United States, and stand against people like the person I’m responding to.

      5. o kadar beğeniyorsanız yaşadığımız şartları darısı başınıza….

      6. sen almanyada oturmaya devam etsene !!!!Hatta hata yapip benim guzle dilimi konusma bile….Sen o kucumsedigin universite ogrencilerinin tirnagi olamazsin birak TURK te olamazsin !!!!!

      7. You are so misinformed and misguided. Please do not take all of your news from the Turkish media and from official “tarikat” sources. Learning to think critically is an essential part of education, rather than being brainwashed into “this is good” and “that is bad”, just because they were written in a book and re-interpreted for you by an “expert”.



      10. Senin hayat anlayışın bu işte bu sığ kafayla koyun gibi yaşamaya devam et

      11. Kardeşim, sen önce bir düzgün Türkçe konuşmasını öğren de ondan sonra konuşalım. Herhalde o yüzden ne duyduğundan, ne gördüğünden, ne de okuduğundan hiç birşey anlamamışsın. Belki de bunların hiçbirini yapmamış olduğundan mıdır acaba ? Yoksa daha da vahimi hala AKP’yi savunabiliyorsan ya sağırsın, ya körsün demem icap edecek.

      12. Almanyadaki sahsiyetsiz kisi!! Hangi ulke polisi gosteri yapan insanlari kamu malina veya insanlara zarar vermedikce olduresiye dover? veya suratina tear gas atip eglenir? Medeniyet dedigin ozgurce dusunceleri soyleyebilmektir. Almanyada etrafa zarar vermeden yuruyus yapan gostericileri nazaman polis bu sekilde dovdu veya yaraladi ? bende Londra da yasiyorum ama hic boyle birsey gormedim. Buradaki yuruyuste polis onderlik yapip insanlara yardimci oldu gosterisini yapsin diye trafigi durdurdu. Turkyedeki bu kadar eziyet ceken ama yilmayan hakkini herseye ragmen arayan insanlari ayakta butun dunya alkislamasi gerekir. KENDINDEN DE UTANMALISIN. Universite ogrencisi deyip kucumsedigin insan egitim alan kendini gelistirmeye calisan ve icindeki sistemi sorgulayan ozgurlugunu arayan insandir. Senin gibi almanyada kebab, lahmacun veya temizlik yaparak akam kesmiyor..

      13. Türkçe öğrenememişsin daha ‘cahillik’ten bahsediyorsun daha doğrusu bahsetmeye çalışıyorsun ama doğru yazılışını öğrenememişsin. Türkiye’de yaşamayı başaramamış ve Türkçe öğrenememiş bir insan olarak Türkiye ile ilgili yorum yapma hakkın olup olmadığını bir daha gözden geçirmeni tavsiye ederim.

      14. Eger kendine cok güveniyor ve bu kadar bilgili oldugunu idda ediyorsan öncelikle türkceyi dogru kullan ve ondan sonra da ismini acikla ve yorum yap!!! Asil senin gibi cahillerin yüzünden bilgisizliginizden dolayi, takilmissiniz Tayyipin pesine gidiyorsunuz. Ama nereye gidiyorsun ki, TC diye birsey kalmadi ülke satildi haberiniz yok. Bende yurt disinda yasayan bir vatandas olarak, bir CUMHURIYETCI OLARAK seni ve senin gibilerin tamamiyle TÜRKLÜGÜ agzina bile almmamasini diliyorum. Cünkü hakikati göremiycek kadar gözleriniz boyatilmis ve kör olmus yazik ki!!!!

        Nuray Sözüer Schmitt


      16. almanya’da çöpçülüğü de kimlere yaptırdıklarını da biliyorsundur sen o zaman

      17. “akp sayesinde türkiyenin ekonomisi almanyayi gecmek üzere”, cok buyuk bir hayal aleminde yasiyorsun dostum, ordam bakinca boyle gorunuyor olmasi da enteresan herseyin, gel de burdan bak bi de. ha bi de git kendine bi okul bul da oku, kiskanma okuyan, cabalayanlari. arti almanya’daki turklerin de nasi devlet parasi yedigini hepimiz biliyoruz. once kendinize bi ceki duzen verin siz orda..

      18. Olayı kavramak için, bir yerleri yakıp, ülkenin itibarını mı karalamamız mı gerekiyor ? Sen Demir Yasin ORUÇ yandaş değil misin birilerine ? Subjektif ol. Yanan yerde ateşin boyu ölçülmez! Bir çık dışarı da gör manzarayı..

    4. This is not about “capitalism”, it is all about BIG Government and chronieism. If politicians did not sell us out, it probably wouldn’t happen, but the government sold the park out. You cannot buy it if it is not for sale.

      1. They wouldn’t sell you out if you don’t elect them. I refuse to vote, because I know exactly what the voting system is—- a popularity contest of liars that simply take on the role of puppet to those who buy them. There can’t be honest politicians (if you can’t be bought, you’re killed.)

      2. We need a new system.That’s all.”Democracy” is a state,and all I can see is “Corruption and Greed”.Fight for your rights,or the politics devour you.

  2. I dont know about the importance of the park you are trying to protect so i wont comment about that but what i will comment on however is the way the “acclaimed laws” are being stressed. I believe the laws especially of sale of alcohol and ban of kissing in public are very wonderful laws set to protect our growing youth!! We want a set of rightly guided and disciplined youth to be future leaders not a set of barbaric drunkards who behave like animals (males and females) on the street.

    1. you don’t need LAWS for that, this is what families should do at home with their kids! no government should interfere like that in people’s lives! the government is supposed to make people’s lives better and easier, not put them in jail for kissing in public!

    2. Dear Alison,
      You seem to be well informed, if you have heard about the ” kissing in public” issues in Turkey. Then you should also know that the amount of alcohol used in turkey is around 0.7 l, compared to 15-18 l per annum in the western world. Turks traditionally enjoy their alcohol with their meals, so when we get slightly tipsy enjoying cheerfull conversations around a table with our friends and family, we don’t act like barbaric drunken people. Majority of Turkish people have this kind of a drinking culture, which is very different compared to the scenes you for example see in Britain, where the youth drink to get drunk! I think I started drinking beers and similar alcohols when I was 16, with my family and do not have a single case of getting totally drunk not knowing what I do or acting violent.
      If you want to have rightly guided future leaders, you educate your youngsters, you educate them so that they can think for themselves, respect other people’s opinions and behave accordingly. You teach them your cultural values, therefore you also hardly ever will see an excessive behaviour of affection on the streets in public in Turkey. Of course if you are of the opinion that an innocent kiss in public, between two people who love each other is unacceptable, then I have no words for this but just for your information the announcement which was made at the metro station in Ankara and let to kissing protests was against 2 young people who were holding hands!
      I personally feel happy, when I see young people in love, this never disturbes me. I think how lucky they are to be in love. We need more love in this world and less intolerance!
      People who are on the street protesting and trying to make their voices heard at the moment are people from all backgrounds, Turks, Kurds, secular elites, women with headscarves representing different ideologies. All they want is now freedom of speech and an end to this ” I do whatever I damn want” style dictatorship.
      The prime minister was laughing yesterday at his speech, totally ignoring what people were trying to say and saying ” what do THEY want” !!! How can a prime minister of a country refer to his own people as “THEM”. ” if they want trees, we have a lot of trees” he said. This is the kind of mentality; the prime minister is either living in a different dimension and really does not see what we all see or he still prefers to ignore thousands of people, who are so fed up, risking their health and potentially life’s, trying to be heard.
      The prime minister says, ” this is democracy and he is voted”. I won’t get into the details about how he managed to get the 50% of the votes, such as voting slips found in bins after the election process. However even if 50% of the public has really voted for him, this does not give him the right to totally ignore the rights of the other 50% of the public. Well he again does not seem to agree with me on this issue as well.
      We are talking about a prime minister who has several bank accounts abroad, who wants to protect our youth against an non existing alcoholism problem in turkey!!!!
      Please wake up world!!!
      Wish you a pleasant weekend!

      1. Dear Simay….

        Your reply touched me. it is beautiful to read posts like this: calm, troughtful and civilised 🙂
        I definitelly suport the people of Istanbul and Turkey and all other people who fight for same causes in this world!

        Good luck to you and to beloved Turkey!
        Ayla from Ljubljana, Slovenija

      2. So many true words you spoke there it was a pleasure to read your statement much love coming to you all from the UK 🙂

      3. Very well said, Simay. Your clear and logical views presented here powerful and inspiring. Keep up the good work, you are making your mark on the world in a wonderful way. Best wishes and luck from Canada.

      4. Simay thank you for your message, everything you say is true and I have absolutely nothing to add to it. All the best and good luck from the Netherlands

      5. Dear Simay,
        I love what you said; “We need more love in this world and less intolarance”. What more to say!! I will spread your words and I hope the Turkish goverment supporters will wake up soon. Sending my love to you all.

      6. I had the pleasure of visiting Turkey several years ago. My Turkish guide pointed with pride to the advanced society that Turkey was establishing. A place where both conservative Muslims and more secular could coexist in peace. It’s a disgrace to the history of Ataturk and the Turkish people.

      7. I think you have a good point, I agree with all the things you have said. Turkey has to stay a secular country. An exiting country where all religions and groups live in freedom of speech and with an open mind for others.
        It is a beautiful country with an interesting cultur. The prime minister has to give a voice to the 50% that did not vote for him. He has done many good thinks too and has put Turkey on the map. But not a reason to be arrogant.
        Wish you success and receive my regards.

      8. Hi Simay, what a wonderful response, you have a beautiful country – I pray yours and every other voice who echo’s your philosophy is heard.

      9. Türkiye’nin, halkı, bazı OPPT arkadaşlar ve ben bir tanıtım videosunu bir halk Halkın paylaşmanızı. Lütfen ve bu post sosyal medya kuruluşlarına. Teşekkür ederiz!

      1. Give it up jerk! If you have nothing nice to say or that is not ignorant get off this blog.

    3. Are you from another planet? Enjoying a glass of wine is being a barbaric drunkard? Showing affection or love for someone in public is behaving like an animal? Clearly it is you with the problem and therefore it is you who should be banned from being in public. Get with the times. It’s 2013 not 1813.

    4. You might be surprised to lear, that kissing is an essentially human behavior — no animals do it, because it’s a sign Human’s extraordinary tendency to engage in long, romantic relationships hold together by an emotional bound rather than in short and exlusively sexual ones as almost all animals do.
      And if you really should need laws to prevent someone from becoming a drunkard, then, I guess they aren’t extraordinarily disciplined even with these laws.

    5. i think turkey has more problems than ‘ barbaric drunkards ‘. the main problem is ‘ arab supremacy ‘ better known as islam.

      1. It sure does. But ‘arab’ supremacy is not one of them. Turks are not Arabs. Neither is Islam all about arab supremacy any more than Christianity is about AngloSaxon supremacy. Get your collectives right.

      2. Turkey is a secular state, meaning non of it’s laws are based on islam, that doesn’t stop them from being bullshit though.

    6. Really, do you think stopping people kissing in public will make them wonderful leaders they will be devoid of any human emotion, no wonder you people are nuts!!!1

    7. In order for the youth to be leaders, they should also be treated like adults and be free to make their own choices…Ridicolous Laws regarding alcohol and ban of kissing doesn’t belong in a democracry because they violate basic human rights…

    8. You can’t be serious… What is the next step of repression and constraint of personal liberty you will support? “Don’t buy at stores owned by jews”?? And who the fuck is your “we”? WE want to decide by ourselves and WE won’t accept that shit!

      1. The above paragraph was meant as a reply to Alison Burgers. I hope the Turkish Government can learn something from these protests. It is so important that Turkey remains a secular society.

    9. Stupid bitch, do not decide for me what’s best for me! People full of shit like you make this world worse! No wonder Turkey is full of stupid people that work for a few euros all over europe! Please be sober and clean my shit and my children’s shit when i am drunk further, ’cause that is what you do best!


      2. Wow, you sound like a proper white trash. And perhaps maybe you should see your family doctor as excessive excrement can be caused by viruses (also common amongst white trash). Lastly, sign up for an AA meeting coz anyone with their right mind wouldn’t post what you have.

      3. You call her a bitch but at least she is educated and knows who her Parents are. But you not only are a moron that still wipes his. Arse with your hand instead of paper, religion is destroying your country and putting it back to the dark ages, Attaturk was right to turn Turkey into a secular country but could not turn monkeys into humans. Did you know that Erdogan was a Greek abortion both his parents were Greek Christians in a Greek village and supposedly converted and moved inland to save their skin, why does Erdo gets so pissed when the truth is put to him and he goes bananas . Get rid of him before he puts you back on camels.

    10. So you think taking away freedoms will “protect” youth? Having access to alcohol and not being shamed for showing affection in public will not turn people into barbarians. Forcing your own narrow-minded restrictions on others is the barbaric act. Turkey has huge problems with violence against women and women’s rights. Instead of banning couples from kissing, perhaps laws protecting women and ending rape culture and slut-shaming would be much more helpful.

      1. Forcing girls not to cover themselves while they go to school wasn’t barbaric and intruding in their personal freedom, “forcing your own narrow minded restrictions on others(women)”. I have no problem if you want to live like a pig, by all means live in and eat your feces i support your freedom 100%. What i can’t stand is the double standard.

      2. “Forcing girls not to cover themselves while they go to school wasn’t barbaric and intruding in their personal freedom.”

        Yes, it is definitely a constriction of their personal freedom! I´m a woman who doesn´t wear a headscarve but I respect women who do. People in western cultures often see the headscarve is an instrument of repressing women. But it is a change for women to elude sexism and it also belongs to their faith. If a woman decides to cover up her body and hair by choice, society should accept this!

    11. “sale of alcohol and ban of kissing in public are very wonderful laws”
      in what kind of society do you want your children to grow up in??? both laws are nothing but authoritarian

      1. i strongly suport your stunt against this dictatory government behavior!!!! as for the Greek comment… please be an idealist but not a rasist…. don’ t forget.. in this country democrasy was born…

      2. wa, I saw many “kapali women” kissing their lover on street.. what a joke!!

    12. Wow, do you really think you get this done by laws? Wouldn´t it be better to show practice and offer help?

    13. Very sad the first part of your comment. What is the importance of a public space in a crowded city???? Or any city for that matter??? I guess you would know what it is for a New Yorker when talking about central park. Right??? Please think before you write such an ignorant statement. As for the other part of your comment… I will not engage in \

    14. We (as people opposing the gov) also share your will to raise a rightly guided and disciplined youth, but banning kissing won’t do. If you knew how much worse the situation gets when a simple natural sign of love is suppressed, you’d see that we need something else.

    15. You are misguided and unfair. Just because someone buys a bottle of beer or kisses someone on the street does not make them a “barbaris drunkard who behaves like animals”. Your generalization of human beings only displays your disgrard of the human race.

      1. Ok sir,can u smoke pot on the street ??? no u can’t coz that’s ilegal,does that mean that ur state is not allowing u to live ur live in freedom ???

    16. I do believe that gassing people with chemical weapons and shooting them in the head is a bit more UNACCEPTABLE than drinking alcohol and kissing in public. Just sayin’.

    17. Dear Alison,

      Every youth in every country have they parents to protect them, to educate them, or to tell them how to behave. They do not need a government to set laws and tell them how to behave. People have the right to get drunk, to kiss in public or to put on whatever they want. Because that´s life and how it should be liven: drinking, kissing or going fashion or nude! That´s everyone right, as long as they do not harm anyone. A government ´s job is to protect its people from harm and comply with the right that the people have given to each government: its legitimacy and sovereignty. And if a government does not take into consideration its people´s opinion in whatever matter in relation with the Turkish society, well that government is not accountable anymore and should be changed! So before giving an opinion on something you don’t know, my suggestion is to Google before or read more and than give a better judgment or opinion.

    18. Ok, I agree that the use of alcohol in teenagers has grown to worrying proportions, but saying that kissing on the streets is barbaric is too far off. The teenager years are the ones when you actually learn how to be as an adult, and kissing in park, for example, is part of this process and something natural. By banning things as simple as this, the so-called “rightly guided and disciplined youth”, would grow up to be brain-washed adults, living like robots, too sensitive to even the simplest things.

      Some people are way to sensible, and that’s not good in the world we live in.

      And in closing, think about the majority of the greatest minds and artists of all time… they were all considered “undisciplined and misguided”.

      I wish people in my country gathered the courage to do this; we also have serious problems when it comes to the environment and the earth’s riches.

    19. Hi Alison, i am shocked! “Protect growing youth”? I am happy to live in a different world than the one, you want! Not seeing kissing people, love and know about freedom makes young people aggressive, disturbed and lets them fight some human , natural feelings and whishes they have.
      This is the idea of hate and controlling peoples: Fight sexuality, fight love, fight the beauty and everything, that makes us free.

      I´m sorry, your post sucks!

    20. These laws will “protect our growing youth” from exactly which danger? In what way is kissing in public animalistic behavior? The “disciplined” and “rightly guided” youth you are referring to is hardly going to form future leaders. A youth deprived of freedom of expression and “disciplined” in the way you mean it will turn into an obedient mass with no critical thinking only able to FOLLOW and conform.

    21. Are you high? government have no business regulating kids behavior, other than where serious injuries or loss is involved! Parents are the ones who have to educate their kids into behaving. Why is kissing in public such a bad thing? Why do you promote hate and dictatorship, instead of affection?

    22. Are you insane? Kissing, an act of love is bad example for children?

      Good luck in raising cold blooded leaders who don’t know what love for other human being is. That’s not leader. You want to raise tyrants like Hitler and like.

      I’m really sorry for your way of thinking. I hope god can save you.

    23. These laws will “protect our growing youth” from exactly which danger? In what way is kissing in public behavior? The “disciplined” and “rightly guided” youth you are referring to is hardly going to form future leaders. A youth deprived of freedom of expression and “disciplined” in the way you mean it will turn into an obedient mass with no critical thinking only able to FOLLOW and conform.

      1. These laws will “protect our growing youth” from exactly which danger? In what way is kissing in public animalistic behavior? The “disciplined” and “rightly guided” youth you are referring to is hardly going to form future leaders. A youth deprived of freedom of expression and “disciplined” in the way you mean it will turn into an obedient mass with no critical thinking only able to FOLLOW and conform.

    24. Protect?! It is adults they are talking about. Adults can make their own decisions and don’t need any dictators to ‘take care’ of them! The barbarian is the authoritarian government and the violent police! DOWN WITH FASCISM!!

    25. Look at Iran, they have what you say and the state of their country. Forcing people only makes them to feed on hate and come back 100 times stronger than what was needed. To tell people how to live is only done by those who live differently themselves.

    26. kissing in public is a wonderful law?! so you tell your kids love sucks. should they better beat each other up… And I don’t know where you live, but where I come from, love, and intimacy are normal and welcome…

      1. I enter to this forum to laugh,it so funny to read replies from different people

    27. wait a sec… this is for real?, Alison what can I say…… Your thinking is bullshit, so please make us a favour and shut up….. THANK YOU

    28. What is wrong with you? You are not protecting the growing youth by forbidding them to kiss on the street! This will still be happening, but in the dark where people can’t see it, and there will be a change that kisses can turn violent, and things like these just makes young people lie about this to their parents. This is about freedom in our country, human rights if I may say so! You should be allowed to kiss whoever you want – and to this topic – WRITE whatever you want! The human right of free speech NEEDS to be uphold in Turkey!

    29. As if banning alcohol can protect the “growing youth”. It’s supposed to be a democratic country so if anyone wants to drink alcohol and kiss in public they should. The growing youth are more endangered by the existence of these stupid laws which might trick them into thinking that the gouvernment can do anything… well they can’t.
      I happen to love kissing and drinking and yet I’m no drunkard, I’m still the same good student with top marks and lots of diplomas because these two don’t define me, nor my academical results. Showing affection(even in public) and the love for alcohol are two characteristics of the people in my country.
      Dear Alison Burgers, if you have something against alcohol and kissing in public don’t to any of them, but it is my choice and anyone else’s whether we do them and no law should deny me or anyone any of that. Where I come from, people who can’t handle alcholo/can’t drink properly or never show their affection in public are greatly disregarded and this isn’t something new, it’s a belief of thousands years old that worked well for us.

      I send all my support and admiration to the writer of this article and to the people who were there. Though we might be separated by distance, religion and culture, they do set an example for all of us. We should always fight for our rights and never give in.

    30. Alison cant you go back in time to 1939 Germany? If you dont have to comment on the argument of talking DONT COMMENT AT ALL… That’s propaganda you’re making and from your words is clear you are paid for it from government association…

    31. Very wonderful laws to protect the growing youth? To protect us from what? From getting free? From showing the love we feel for life, by kissing us and by smiling? I can understand that alcohol ban can be in a certain way a good law, but talk about protection! There is no such thing as protection in freedom!!

    32. Freedom allows people to make their own choices it may just be a park to one person but obviously it’s more to many others and not just about a park being destroyed, this is important in respect to the whole alcohol and kissing in public laws too, not important to a few but important to so many others. I’m not sure how crushing a multi-cultured countries choices will solve the “barbaric animals on the street” situation. It seems by doing exactly this is the reason we now have people acting in barbaric fashion one the streets standing up for their freedom, rights and beliefs . The decision makers who are ignoring the country’s voices are the barbarians in this and many cases globally, all they are really bringing to the table is…….ignorance,tear gas, water cannons, and acts of public violence, which is all being provided by the very people who are supposed to uphold laws and order for the greater good of the people…… Food for thought.

    33. You short minded idiot, where in the world that has been proved that the youth who drinks and kisses freely will behave like animals. But of course it is possible idiots like you may turn to animals, after doing those nice things that you do not carry in genetics.

    34. Are you kidding me? You or no one else has no right of control action of anyone else’s liberty especially in public. These laws that you support impingine on these rights. These actions dont go out of their way to harm you. You just dont like them so you are saying riddiculous things to protect your pitiful fears. I really do pitty people like you. I like you do wish for greater support of the youth so they can achieve their full potential. But you dont do this by banning things like they are children. Everyone should be liable for their own actions and the respect of these values so be expressed through positive role models not through archic black and white laws that stiffles identity and expression.

    35. if you do not know the importance of the park or have refused to inform yourself about the central issues behind this protest then you have no right to make such an ignorant response, (in your world) but we appreciate free speech and your reply is important to highlight just how blind some people are, these people are fighting for a world that even your children can live in together as a human race with rights of equality, ‘your rightly guided’ future leaders im sure will be the same people kicking women in the face and making them cover their faces and stay at home and cook there dinner and shut up, i hope there is a future where we can tolerate people like ‘you’ but if we continue to let people like you make vital decisions in our life we will not be allowed to live on this planet and so we fight until your ‘Future leaders’ learn that they can no longer bully and beat and rape this world and its women. You my dear and your ‘Future leaders’ are the barbaric drunkards who behave like animals to their own people to their own wives and children, god help us for the twisted world you envision. These people fight for freedom from a world imprisoned by your stupidity go back to your bible or koran and look for some comforting phrase to chant to your children so their minds are muddied by your bullshit

    36. I never will understand why fools such as you have no problem taking away the freedom of others. The simple answer it seems though is that theses actions support your religious beliefs.

    37. I drink alcohol and am not a drunkard or whatever you call it. People who kiss in public are not bad future leaders. You should be more concerned with pedophiles who don’t kiss kids in public.

    38. I live in Australia an I support the protestors in and around Istanbul. The new regulations about alcohol sale and consumption are no different to the western world. We have non- alcohol family friendly zones nearly everywhere here n australia. We have regulations on who and where alcohol can be sold for instance you cant just go to a maket and grab bottle of wine off the shelf. The regulations are actually quite needed. We need to protect our children and that is the main these are in place. What the actual problem is and why there is such a strong reaction from drinkers and non-drinkers is, when Erdogan announces certain subjects such as alcohol he does it in a a way to stir problems. I dont believe its just a character issue with him. I believe he does this to provoke the people. I can not comprehend the reason behind it as i cannot comprehend the reason why he is just and watching the events unfold. I gues only time will tell…

    39. This is not the way to do it. Respectful and civilised guidance, not violent indiscriminate attacking of its citizens.

    40. Considering you are using am hidden alias of a dictator in a recent movie I am not quite sure if you are trolling or just ignorant.

    41. So kissing on the street means behaving like animals? Whatever, I think you don’t see the point. The ways peaceful protesters are treated there are more than cruel. Expressing your opinion (in a legal and legitimate way) cannot be punished that hard, I mean, people died just because of their opinion! Thats not acceptable in any way, so what do you want?!

    42. You read the whole Article and this is your Response?!

      You must be joking! You are ridicolous!

      Spread the word!

    43. This is not just about the park. This is about a nation where freedom of expression is banned. This is about people are being silenced, people are pushed to accept laws and regulations that they did not give any consent for. This is about a government of a state where its foundations lays on secularism and democracy misusing democracy, misusing its power through its terrorists (aka police). People like you Alison are the real animals, because what makes us human is that we use our brains, we reason things. I see that you don’t. So you even being able to write such a comment makes me feel that you have no idea about Turkish politics and what’s happening there but still you try to enforce your idiotic mental masturbation.

    44. Well, kissing i a wonderful thing, it shows love, it hurts no one. why should children be “protected” from that? do children need to be protected from love?

    45. Im hoping this is a troll! If not here is my answer, the acclaimed laws dont stop people from being drunk barbarians neither do they make them intelligent respectful human beings. However your comment suggests it does.Education and only education makes the best out of people. And the government that you are defending, even arrests those who try to protest for free education!! In short, gtfo & stfu!

    46. So kissing a person in public is a display of barbarism, not spraying your ‘growing youth’ with gas and running them over with tanks for having the temerity to peacefully protest? We are NOT your property, your servile dogs, some mindless drones who you can mold into what YOU and YOUR ideology demands. Our lives and freedom DO NOT fall into the scope of what you want. HANDS OFF

      1. No one should be making laws to dictate etiquette. I applaud your comment.

    47. Park is not important for now. It was just symbol of resistance, AKP government has already taken a lot of trees before and will cut millions for 3rd bridge already. The point is the limitation of human right, limitation of speech freedom and pushing life style. In democrasy YOU CANNOT PUSH YOUR LIFESTYLE TO ANYBODY, even to your own child. You can raise your children however you want but our youth will be FREE, our FUTURE LEADERS will be FREE. Drinking is not barbaric, Dictatorship is barbaric, you mAY understand what I say maybe our lifestyle would be pushed on you, but we are democrats and for us you are still a human being, you have right as much as we do, NOT more NOT less! Cheers!

    48. I guess you would also like your daughter to be forced to cover up and follow her husband from 3 steps behind along with his other 3 wives.

    49. Alison I believe you are the person Mark Twain had in mind when he said “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt”

      If you have no clue then best not comment. The “acclaimed laws” as you put it has nothing to do with this. The park has nothing to do with this, the ruling parties response to a peaceful protest triggered what has been more than a decade in the making. As for drinking and kissing in public, freedom to do as you please is a basic human right. If you wish to live in a country that prohibits alcohol (which worked so well in the US during prohibition) and public displays of effection ( which are frowned upon but showing body parts blown up is okay) then you might want to move to an arab country for a few years. You sound like a person who would love their non-barbaric lifestyle.

    50. Dear Alison,
      Alcohol or lip sticks are not only reasons, why those guys, we are standing for! This government had been involved lots of unnecessary things. Erdogan guaranteed 2050 and (underneath) he claimed himself as a emperor of new Ottoman! We lived this, we had been living this. And we don’t want any emperor, we don’t want sharia, we don’t want corruption, we don’t want a liar prime minister. I wish you knew Turkish, that I could if share with you some videos of him!

    51. I do not think people all over europe and america are “barbaric drunkards who behave like animals (males and females) on the street.” but just as an exemple, in egypt, where I live, it is forbidden to young people to show any signs of love in the street and also forbidden to drink in most of the places so people are just frustrated and they do all these things on the back of their parents or of the society in a way worse way. It is not like this that you will have “rightly guided and disciplined youth to be future leaders”. sorry for my english, but i am sure you understand my point.

    52. You are ignorance let people kiss in public is wrong ??? The Islamic people are trying to kill all the love in world, the begins with your children. Make Love not war.

    53. “I believe the laws especially of sale of alcohol and ban of kissing in public are very wonderful laws set to protect our growing youth!!”

      Do you seriously think that kissing in the public is somehow bad thing to do? Why cant you show your love to your significant other?

      I may agree that some people behave badly when they have taken too much alcohol, but i am agians regulating it. Every person should have freedom to choose his own poison – there is no power – mans or gods that should prohibit invidual from treating hes body as he wants.

    54. Is this a joke? Discipline doesn’t come with prohibition. Only people living in freedom know what is best for themselves and other people.

    55. There is nothing wrong with alcohol (ideally in moderation) and there is nothing wrong with kissing in public. There is no reason why people should behave like “barbaric drunkards who behave like animals” simply because they are allowed to drink alcohol and kiss their spouse/partner or whatever. Civilised people do not need that level of contol over them by the state.

      1. It is wonderful when people like you can look at it so objectively…. this is a gross exaggeration.

      2. It begins with a kiss and ends up with having Sex and maybe children doing this and becoming father and mother!!! What a shame! So it’s good not to allow these Private things .. they can do whatever they want if they are alone but not in front of children, Same with alcohol!!! Muslims are very polite people and know the word “shame”.

    56. oh my god you’re so sick! People are gathering to protect a public place against the exploitation of their city and you are complaining about the way they criticize some liberticide laws! That’s not the point: conservative governments close our eyes with minor issues and shot down media just to let you misunderstand the situation. The real point is that citizens are not worthy for this governments! They just worry about gaining profict and do what is better for corporations. In the name of consumism they destroy collective goods and step on human rights. Capitalism has no mercy and these days we are facing with that.
      sorry for my english

      1. As is so often the case, you confuse capitalism with fascism. This serves the tyrants. Capitalism has produced more wealth, more freedom and more dignity than any other economic or political system in humanity’s history. Fascism, Communism, and statism in any of its myriad manifistations is institutionalized force. Capitalism is individual freedom. It’s about your choice to do with what you produce, whatever YOU choose. Don’t apologize for your English. You do well.

      2. “Capitalism has produced more wealth, more freedom and more dignity …”
        Count the people on this (whole) world, wo live free, in wealth, and dignity, aus you said, “Doctor”.
        “Capitalism” produces poverty, diseases, misery, WAR and DEAD for the 99% of the people on this world, to make the 1% that that rich, they have no chance, to spread the money back to the worlb by shopping, even if the would.

        The wealth is not produced by “the capitalism”, but by the hands of the workers all over this world. And it is stolen by the rich.

        You sound, like the brother of alison burger.

    57. seriously…this is bullshit!

      just because some cannot control themselves when it comes to consuming alcohol doesn’t mean that the state should have the power or any right to restrict the whole lot of us to consume it…unless there is so much crime and violence because of it, which clearly is not the case! if you start to forbid things, they get even more interesting…i mean, everybody knows that, right? i’m not saying that everything should be allowed and ppl should make their own experiences with stuff though…don’t get me wrong! i know it is forbidden to consume alcohol when you come with religous arguments, but those aren’t convincing arguments to me…you can live by them but modern society shouldn’t use them as guidelines for modern laws…at least in my opinion!

      and the thing about kissing….it’s not like ppl are having sex on the streets or somethin’! people show their affection to each other by kissing…this has always been the way they did it! why do u want to ban it now? as i just said: they use religion as a guideline for making laws, which is obsolete for modern societies…

      children do not grow up to be barbaric because they drink beer or kiss on the streets! it is because parents and society show them moral values how to behave! drinking a beer or two or kissing their significant other doesn’t change the teaching they should have learned from their family and friends!

      i don’t want to start a sh!tstorm or something like that…this is just my opinion on your comment ^^

      have a nice day dear sir or madam 🙂

    58. wow, your faith in youth is immaculate! if you where a busy bee in your younger days, don`t blame other generations for your own misbehaviour. you do not sound disciplined, you sound frustrated.

    59. I apologize if you have no control over your own human bodily functions and emotions, but that is something you should have learned very young in life, and would keep you away from being a “barbaric drunkard”. It takes education not assuming people can’t control themselves, because you yourself cannot.

    60. so you think that kissing in public (showing love for one’s child, sister, brother, mother or Father will protect your youth??? you need to get a life !!!

    61. Are you saying that any country who allows alcohol is full of “barbaric drunkards who behave like animals”??? You have got to be kidding me! That’s not even an argument to explain any of what has been happening! It is exactly that “well-guided and disciplined youth” that Fascists and Conservatives are going for, isn’t it?? It isn’t about the park and it isn’t about the law amendments!!! It is about basic human rights, about freedom of speech, media censorship, and the future of the people!! We have had enough! Our founding fathers worked for a secular and democratic republic, not for greedy sociopaths like the PM who would sell his own mother, if it meant that he could create his own empire! I don’t even understand if you read the article in its entirety or if you are just ignorant..

    62. Are you saying that any country who allows alcohol is full of “barbaric drunkards who behave like animals”??? You have got to be kidding me! That’s not even an argument to explain any of what has been happening! It is exactly that “well-guided and disciplined youth” that Fascists and Conservatives are going for, isn’t it?? It isn’t about the park and it isn’t about the law amendments!!! It is about basic human rights, about freedom of speech, media censorship, and the future of the people!! We have had enough! Our founding fathers worked for a secular and democratic republic, not for greedy sociopaths like the PM who would sell his own mother, if it meant that he could create his own empire! I don’t even understand if you read the article in its entirety or if you are just ignorant..

    63. Kissing is not barbaric or “animalistic” children do not need protection from reality.. They need guidance on how to deal with reality… Smarten Up!

    64. You’re a bit out of the present world common sense and freedom humanity and also a bit out of your mind, sweety

    65. this reaction disgusts me to the bone. really? barbaric behaviour? kissing? drinking?
      how about you answer this one, alison burger, who’s the barbarian now?

    66. This is not meant to be done by laws but by parents and raising your kids right!
      Implementing laws like decreasing the sale of alcohol will bring up a bigger alcohol black market and it will rather work in the opposite way.
      Get your ideas straight and don’t just start rudely complaining about too much liberty!

    67. You can’t rely on the government to raise your children the “right way”. If you do not want your kids to be “barbaric drunkards who behave like animals”, you should pay more attention to their upbringing. It is you who is showing what good manners are to them, not the government.

    68. “We want a set of rightly guided and disciplined youth to be future leaders not a set of barbaric drunkards who behave like animals (males and females) on the street.”

      I’m sorry you think so lowly of humanity my friend.

    69. Why is your name Alison Burgers ? hmmm i think you are a goverment friendly turkish citizen.. And you cant get any approval in this platform . Go to your house and lock yourself inside. Because Turkish Youth finally woke up and they are going to resist no matter how ! IF YOU WANT TO SEE POLICE FORCE AGAINST CIVILLIANS ; FOLLOW TWITTER #occupygezi

    70. an opinion like yours in the only thing barbaric besides a government that sets laws like this.

    71. Laws are not the effective way of promoting or protecting values. When you use such force to instill values you are creating a rebelious environment and your values will be seen as repression. Values are personal and need to be taught not forced onto people.

    72. I am an European citizen. I cannot find words to tell you how I felt by reading your reply here, to such a written manifest. I am chocked by how deep the values and these type of laws demanded by your government are manipulating the basic notions to be free human being in this world. Your stated opinion is so convinced of its validity, as “the way it should be” that it truly scares me, as a young woman, portuguese citizen. Manifests like the one happening right now in your city, will never be enough effective as long as there will be people proud to claim and support such laws. I believe its tremendous beliefs will only be recognized as squared and awry beliefs when you look outside of the box, globally, to a human co-existence. Ban of kissing in public or restrictions on alcohol consumption at the level your country takes, are such laws that I cannot understand and are unbearable to cope with a free living model, and no religion or politic system as the right to manipulate a native free thinking. I truly hope you will have the self-power to reflect on the nature of the “wonderful” laws your are standing for.

    73. You are a pathetic moron. Fuck off from our planet please. Peace, Love and Freedom to my Syrian brothers and sisters. Fully supporting from Canada. Will spread blog widely today !!

    74. Ms. Burgers: You clearly missed the whole objective of this post, but you score top marks for ignorance, you fucking cretin.

    75. really kissing in public seems bad to you? crap, who knew virgins could be that angry at the world, go get laid and you will change your mind 😉 life is supposed to be enjoyed, let people be free of doing what they want.

    76. Alison, we Americans tried making alcohol illegal many years ago. It only created an illegal industry, & with it a terrible increase in crime & violence. Do your leaders abstain from drinking as well, or do they have a special set of rules for themselves? The way to raise disciplined children is leading by example, & holding them accountable for poor behavior. Moreover, this fight is not simply about a park, or a few trees. It is about maintaining a life that has meaning beyond profit & industry, a place where people can be free to enjoy life without bowing to the yoke of corporate power.

    77. My english is not so good for writing, so I tell you just one little thing … I am a witch, and I curse you for your hatespeech. You will feel the same way you speak for the rest of your life and be sufferd.

      1. When the people who are supposedly leaders sell their country’s resources and betray the wishes of their fellow countrymen, it sets a much worse example to the youth of today than kissing in public or taking an alcoholic drink! Parents, relatives,and friends should set a good example and promote responsible drinking and displays of affection. This is how we model acceptable social behavior. However, when the people in power sell out to the corporations, it only promotes greed and models the saying, “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

      2. Guys, this is an article treating a very serious problem and you’re fighting over kissing in public and other random stuff that has no place here. Just stop it already and fight somewhere else.

      3. I don’t beleive in witches, but that IS a just curse. Just sayin’….

      4. I do not agree with Alison but you are being hypocritical for cursing her for the very thing that you are fighting for…. Free speech

    78. DON’T FEED THE TROLLS stop answering this sad guy or who/whatever posted this provocative thing.

    79. Only two people with regards to the moderation of food are sick, a glutton and an anorexic. You are an anorexic with regards to affection and alcohol, and you are very sick.

    80. You seriously think that kissing in public will make the future generation act like animals? What will make them animals is witness unnecessary violence against people for expressing their disagreement towards the way their government is running things.

    81. “We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”

      ― John Lennon

    82. Grow up and get sense …….for someone to express their love to someone else ……..in private or in public is a beautiful ! Don’t even bother to speak about the alcohol laws , whats more important is that you have freedom of choice ………you are an adult not a child ! Can you not think for yourself ?

    83. You must be kidding, madam! People were killed and you’re talking about what smart laws are those related to not selling alcohol and ban public kisses? Seriously? As serious as one can be. I feel really sorry for you.

    84. It is the responsibility of the parents not only to make sure their children are responsible in regard to alcohol, but also to make sure they are properly punished for being over-excessive. Having a drinking age-limit I can understand. Fine. But laws do not make disciplined citizens, it makes parents lazy and makes kids either disregard the punishment of the law or makes them fearful of the law. You want a balanced society? Buy your kid a book, not a laptop. Sit and talk about how the school day went. Have conversations with your kids about what is right and wrong. If you know so well what’s right and wrong, then teach your kids!

    85. one can see that the troll was really good at his job, what do we learn from these hundred nonsense comments?

    86. Wonderful laws??!! Seriously where does it stop?? We are the Turkish people and We are saying that only We can be responsible from our bodies and who we kiss or where/when!! Turkey is not Iran,Turkey is not Saudi Arabia Turkey is Republic of Turkey and it is secular country!! We can be muslims,jews,christians,atheists or whatever We would like to believe or choose!! Don’t need or want to hear from anybody what We can or can’t do!!

    87. Dear Alison, your ignorance has gotten you into a lot of trouble. Please do not make the mistake of allowing morality to be confused with justice and freedom. You have so many freedoms you have no idea of the repression these people are fighting. I suggest you admit your lack of wisdom and experience and promise to read history and current events before ever making such a typically uninformed American comment again.

      Unfortunately, Alison, Americans are only schooled in American history, geography, and culture; this results in an entire country of people who haven’t a clue about the wonderful and terrible things that people enjoy/endure every day in the rest of the world.

      So please begin self-educating today; we know you are interested in learning because you read the article. We wish you luck and enlightenment!!

    88. The government iskilling peaceful protesters and you are moralizing about kissing???!!! Well. Arent YOU apiece of work!

    89. From the start your argumentation shows how insensitive you are: “I dont know about the importance of the park you are trying to protect…”. I live in whatever is left of the Brazilian rain forest and I don’t think it’s necessary to go to great lengths to explain to you what vegetation in parks mean to a concrete jungle. I suppose you know what I mean because you must be an intelligent person! Anyway, my solidarity to the brave Turkish people. Don’t give up, folks. Türkiye’nin seviyorum.

    90. Alison, I am from Turkey, and you would fit so wonderfully with this oppressive regime, because you have no idea what true democracy means. Alcohol ban is for everyone, not only youth, even tourists can’t have it which is hurting the tourism of Istanbul right now. And that is just one simple example. There are more journalists and military in jail than any other country in the world. You are not even understanding the situation and making silly comments. Police is brutal and torturing and beating up peaceful unarmed protestors…You are so unifnormed about the situation in the country that may be it will be wise for you to not have an opinion on this.

    91. hi, Im devastated by the events in turkey at the moment. I believe the people have a right to protest however the excessive use by the government and police in trying to control it is unacceptable, not just turkey but anywhere in the world. As for the laws passed by government, i havent read up on it fully so forgive my lack of knowledge but the restriction of public displays of intimacy in a predominately islamic country and the regulation of alcohol laws i agree with. Anything to protect the youth. Yes it is the parents responsibility to aid the children in behaving responsibly however external support helps greatly. As a parent I can truthfully say that its very difficult to discipline children effectively, and as a muslim its the right thing for the government to do. What you do in private is your business, if your behaviour disturbs or affects the public (and it does so be honest) then its only right to regulate it. I dont follow politics so I have no idea the number if mistakes tayyip erdogan has made (lets face it no leader is perfect) but on the outset seeing how far turkey has come under his leadership its amazing, he must have done something right. I remember turkey from 15 yrs ago and it is so far advanced now compared to then. Alot of people wanted to leave turkey for overseas opportunites but now theres so much there the idea of leaving is abhorrent to them. In fact I want to go back to live there permanently, hopefully will soon enough.

    92. Alison Burgers, you should then move to Afghanistan, Iran, or Saudi, so that you can be part of the society that you want. By the way, what is wrong with people loving each other?

    93. Why don’t come and live in Iran or go to Saudi, Pakistan or any other country with a Cannibalistic Islamic regime – whichever suits you best .
      Oh by the way,Taliban’s Afghanistan fits you very well, if you could turn back time ( what all religious people dream of, turning back time)!

    94. This is the start of an extremist Islamist push to restrict the rights of people. Better vote this government out while you still can.

    95. Just to give a great example about fantastic leaders which are neither barbaric drunkards nor behaved like animals.
      Did you know that Hitler didnt drink alcohol and also was never seen in public with a woman?

    96. Dear Alison, I totally agree with you , parents nowadays could use a helping hand raising their children. And to all of you crying Freedom, you should remember that :FREEDOM SHOULD BE LIMITED IN ORDER TO BE POSSESSED . Thank you

    97. alison no one should have the right to decide whether or not you have the to drink alcohol or kiss in public. shouldn’t we focus on educating children to give them the power to make the right choices?

    98. Clearly… kissing in public is THE main issue any country has, because people showing affection is so, so horrible. A question. Can a parent kiss their child? Or can a sister, hug her brother and kiss him on the cheek? What about married people? How about friends? Who will decide?



  3. and yet Ardogan , and his government are attacking the Syrian president, helping the Terrorist rebels, and arming them, and demanding the Syrian president to step down, and to respect human rights, although the Syrian government is fighting ARMED terrorist rebels, why he don’t practice what he preaches ???????????????

  4. Defne–
    Thank you for writing this. I’ve been paying attention to the government’s escalating violence over the past few days. Seeing the beautiful city I knew only 3 years ago like this is shocking. The pictures are heart breaking. I will do what I can to tell people what is happening.

    1. James, thank you for your sensitivity on the issue. I just wanted to let you know that I did not write this article, but I just wanted to share it.

  5. There is another action that can be made IF the protests fails. This volume of people have economic power. Find out who the big store sponsors of the mall is and organize a boycott of those stores. Nothing hurts more then an empty mall, and next time, maybe, just maybe they will ask if anyone want a mall to be built.

    1. They are actually planning to build either a mosque, or to rebuild an old Ottoman structure (Edogan wants to become a new sultan).

  6. I am an American . we to do not stand behind what our government is doing. I pray for your people and your country as well as ours and for all the people of the world who ask for real freedom !

    1. I am an American as well, and we do NOT stand behind what our government is doing either….this is happening all over the world and media covers ridiculous stories and natural disasters that nothing can really be done about, but never cover such stores as this in Turkey. I can happen here! It does happen here!

    2. “. we to do not stand behind what our government is doing.”
      Generalizations are never appropriate. And it is wrong to compare situations and to put yourself and your country at the forefront of someone else’s tragedy. Why can’t you just send your thoughts and wishes to Turkey without bringing America into the picture. And by the way, as a citizen of the US, you should be very clear when you use “America” as there is a North and South America.

      With that said, My thoughts go out to all of those affected in Turkey.

      1. The term “American” is used to properly refer to a person from the United States Of America, and “America” is mostly used to refer to that country, since there is no continent called America, the continents are called North America or South America when referring to them. (This is not necessarily true in the Spanish language, since South Americans generally do not consider the two continents to be separate, when speaking in Espanol.)

      2. Actually, in English the proper way to refer to a person from the USA is as an “American”, and typically the singular term “America” refers to the USA because there is no continent called America, the continents are North America and South America, and when you refer to them together they are pluralized as “the Americas”. (When speaking Spanish, especially in South America, it is different because they do not recognize that the continents are separate.)

      3. ” When speaking Spanish, especially in South America, it is different because they do not recognize that the continents are separate” – What an idiotic generalisation, Canadian guy! Someone might have dragged out pages of your Geography book. What about Central America? Do you still call them banana republics, or the backyard of America? Boo!

      4. Allyn Meyers, I don’t see what you are disagreeing with. I have discussed the topic with plenty of South Americans, I assure you they overwhelmingly regard North & South America as all one continent. That’s why in Spanish they don’t normally refer to Americans as Americanos, the have another name for Americans that is essentially United-States-ians. But in English, the Americas are two continents and America means the USA.
        I don’t understand what you mean “what about Central America?” What about it? Central America is a region within North America. It’s the countries between Mexico and Columbia. What’s your point?

    3. How about not praying but do something that actually matters?! Prove that you religious “americans” are not just ignorant shitheads who only have two ways of dealing with international problems; pray or invade!

      1. Jesus effing Christ, Danny made a simple comment in solidarity with the protestors…no need to jump down his throat and assume that all religious Americans want to invade your country.

      2. I have literally had prayers answered too many times for anyone to tell me it doesn’t matter.

        You are angry. You want things put right. I get that. But please do not burn the whole world down, so to speak, in the process.

  7. Hey there! I am a German student with many Turkish friends. I hope you will endure this protests without injuries but with great success in the end. The German people is behind you! Good luck and all the best for your movement. Take care!

  8. Defne,
    Thank you for providing this interesting information. I’m an American journalist living in Italy and I will immediately pass this on via facebook to my Italian colleagues and FB friends in Italy and the US.
    Keep us posted,
    Wolfgang Achtner

  9. thanks to give me a clear view if the movment , i have firends there and they are involved in too , yes they are peaceful peoples and they keep the spirit of the city …


    SWAMI VIVEKANANDA … let the force be with all of you .

  10. It isn’t displaced by cats or beauty pageants here. It’s the top story on CNN’s web site. I pray things go well for you and your country.

  11. thank you for your words and for getting the word out – for the courage to speak and be heard.

  12. This is recep tayyip erdogan, the megalomaniac dictator who fools the whole world posing as a democrat. don`t be fooled by his suit and necktie, his mentality is that of al-qaida, taliban and the likes.

    1. You are writing wrong things here.

      Recep Yatıp Erdoğan couldn’t compared with
      taliban or mullahs like in iran.

      He is the prime mister of Turkey and
      was voted by over 50% of turkish people.

  13. Continue to share the news. I will stand with you and spread the word. I lived in Izmir as a child, ages 7-10, always wanting to come back. I hurt for you and those who stand for justice in a healthy manner only to be treated poorly. Keep us posted. Susan

  14. The people DESERVE the government they put up: In 1984, my people grew tired of the government. They went out to the streets, blocked the police and military. They gave them flowers and talked to them, to share what they, the person on the street, feel, and not what the government wants them to believe.

    No one was run down by tanks. The people, including nuns, priests, imams, managers in suits, all turned out in the open, and turned away the military and their tanks and their water cannons, and tear gas launchers.

    In the end, the government, including the president, stepped down….

    The people, not foreign intervention, will be the one to make the change…

    1. No guy, your talk is too simply… you cant vote for right if governments make black polls… if they imprison generals that were sentinels of freedom… People deserve rights, not comments from people like you that wannabe Judges and Juries…

    2. Indeed, however in Turkey the police are attacking protesters who did nothing but hold a sit-in. Initially peaceful demonstrations were countered with peppergas, tear gas and water cannons. The police don’t want to listen as they are being paid well by Erdogan to beat down all protests against him. I hope the outcome will be good, but I fear the worst…

  15. It is on the main news in the Uk, the bbc have been showing the police attacks this morning. Hopefully the government will feel the pressure from the international coverage and withdraw.

  16. Hello brave people of Turkey! You are not alone! We stand behind you!
    Dear writer, thank you! I will post the URL of your blog where ever I can. Your description brings it to the point very well.
    I am following the Taksim uprising here in Austria and will support you where ever we can.

  17. Thank you so much for this emotionally touching post. It reminds me of similar experiences when cultural heritage (especially within city limits) has been demolished or taken out of the ground. It is this intangible cultural heritage that a park, old oaks that tell a special story are taken down for the next shopping mall.

    Last Friday here in Dresden a conference with the title “Climate Change as a Threat to Peace” touched (though from a different perspective) this issue; more via https://twitter.com/htxa/status/340381602301493248

    I have added blog on http://leanthinkers.blogspot.com, and send you all the strength, and mindfulness to make the best out of the current situation.

  18. I read this and want to stand with you but then I read the part about human rights and freedom to choose what to do with your body and in the same sentence wanting to be able to take away the human rights and the right to choose what to do with their body by supporting abortion… Praying for resolve in your country (and mine) and praying for true human rights, rights that protect innocent children.

  19. Reblogged this on 12 Novels and commented:
    There are important things in this world. Massivel,y massively important, and what is happening in Istanbul is one of them. Please read this, and please share it. This is what the Internet can do for us, it’s what writers can do, we write what matters, we share what others write.

    Please read, please share.

  20. I have NZ friend visiting Diyarbakir , we have lost contact , mobile no answer for days …very worried. What is situation there , do you know ? There are millions of people who support you I am sure . I do .

  21. I’m in the US, more specifically, in Wisconsin. I will share your story far and wide. I’m so sorry you and your people are going through this right now. This struggle seems to be a world wide struggle between the elites and everyone else, the only thing that seems to vary is the level of violence used on protesters. I will keep you and your people in my thoughts and prayers.

    Solidarity from WI

    Given the condition we find ourselves in these days on this planet, understanding our interconnetedness is not a spiritual luxury; its a societal imperative.

  22. Greetings from South Africa, in solidarity with the people of Turkey.
    I have been sharing all of the situtation as it has developed on my FB wall, including your blog, now too. I would lke to urge the citizens to not lose momentum now and to continue every effort to get rid of Erdogan by forcing early elections. He is only going to come back at you with a vengeance.
    I don’t know how you are going to do it, but it has to be done, or Turkey will fall into fascism and totalitarianism for many years.
    My prayers and thoughts are with your nation
    Jeremy Acton
    Cape Town
    South Africa

  23. This is the drama of a corrupt government, its megalomaniac leader and his fanatic followers, its rabbit dogs in terms of the police and the ever silent media. It is also the tragedy of the young Turkish republic.

  24. Here in Sweden this has been all over the news the past few days. The bit about Turkish media not reporting on it was new though…

  25. Facebook is used in many ways and for many purposes. The ability to give first-hand accounts of what is happening at protests and demonstrations, to tell stories from a personal perspective, to shine light where it is not being shone, seems more and more to be one of its most valuable.

    It does not hurt that this post is so beautifully written.

  26. I will share your post in my facebook page. I’m from Portugal and yestarday we marched against the troika and the power of money that are robbing us our future. Turkey was in our thoughts and words. There were many signs supporting your struggle. People shouted ” spain, turkey, ireland and Portugal, our struggle is international”. You are not alone! We march with you, for you. When they shut you down, we will be your voice. When they arrest you, we will stand up for you. Hold on! Be strong! Fight for you, your fathers, your children. Fight for freedom! We will echoe your words and crys! May freedom be forever in your path!

  27. Thank for this very good information. I am in Istanbul and wittness (and felt) the police violence friday, while I was waitning for my bus at Taksim. The media in my country has not been very precise on this matter either – but this morning I was asked to give an interview to The Danish Broadcast News. I can just encouraged other foreing visitors and wittness to do the same.

  28. Thank You for sharing this information. I have posted it to Facebook, and am hoping to multiply thereby.

    Wishing all the best to you, your friends and family, and the protesters. May you succeed and be spared from harm.

    It is a howling shame, but to me it seems that most governments of this world are in bed with the Big Dollar Corporations, and do not hesitate at all to sell their countries, their people, their resources. What a shame!

  29. The people of Turkey have the power within their hands to change how the government operates.
    Use that power carefully, don’t let “hotheads” take over the protestations! Good luck

  30. I’m confused about why everyone is pitching this as some kind of media suppression. Its on the front pages of the Guardian, BBC, LA Times, in addition to Radikal, Hurriyet and even Zaman!

  31. I sincerely hope that you’ll keep the park. A park brings the quality of living environment which is what your people deserve as well as the freedom of speech, free of police abuses and other human rights.

  32. I think it’s definitely important to try and spread this kind of news, since it’s not reported by the regular news channels. I’m not so optimistic by getting one’s rights this way… but at least you can try! Know that many young people around the world feel solidarity with you and are encouraged to see you are standing up against your government!


  34. Sadly, they will eventually destroy Gezi park and build the shoppig mall. But then, the great answer would be: no one customer enter there. Not even if they offer their bloody stuff for free. If Instanbul’s people are able to do so, nothing will stop them.

  35. Don’t worry. People know. It is mainstream news here in Finland, and the reports say that protesters have the Taksim Square. Good luck.

  36. Great blog, thank you. I have shared with my icelandic friends. Strength and hope to you courageus people!

  37. Hang in there! The world is watching. I hope your government will be criticized and pressured by the international community and diplomacy to respect the will and freedom of it’s citizens. Long live beautiful Turkey

  38. your words have been read. I confirm it myself from Germany. German friends of mine shared it, and I shared it… Australian friends liked it… Even my american friends saw it. We are there, and we support you!!!

  39. Hang in there! The world is watching. I hope your government will be criticized and pressured by the international community and diplomacy to respect the will and freedom of it’s citizens. Long live beautiful Turkey!

  40. Western Governments do not peacefully resolve problems in other countries. They don’t help they just come in and fuel destruction with metal bullets and deception. Western forces do not analyse situations carefully enough to understand the problem and implement a peaceful solution. This post could so easy be a Wester media reporter feeding us crap!

  41. In a prayer after all awakening is possible! In love, harmony and wisdom of that, Who will give a hand and without a delay instant The universal Love will open! Ask Truth, God! Не, She, Light and its Wisdom will introduce the real peace and understanding of a situation. Also will find a way to come to harmony in the events! Beliefs, Love and Patience! ! With God – ALL is possible! ! ! ! And God is a Love and Knowledge…

  42. Turkey is such a beautiful country and the people are so friendly and really don’t deserve this ………. i hope it all calms down for the people of Turkey

  43. Thank you for your courage and sharing this with us!
    And don’t worry, it is top story in BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, New York Times and in germand TV and newspaper, too! A lot of people on FB are posting and there are solidarity actions all over the world!

  44. Thank you for sharing this information. Our thoughts are with you; togheter for human rights!
    All the best from Norway.

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  46. They might be censoring this in Turkey, but the news of what is happening has made the papers in the Netherlands and presumably other countries. The world is watching. Stay safe.

  47. I wanted to let you know I’ve read your blog, and I’ll be sharing it on my facebook page. I am in Australia. My thoughts are with you and all my fellow brothers and sisters in Instanbul! The world is with you, may you have strength! xxx

  48. Oh that is very bad. I think that you should take the government down and make a new elections to get better life for everybody .

  49. Good luck to the people of Turkey. This is being reported on the BBC news website, but not in a way that explains what is really happening, in my opinion. But then, nothing on the BBC news website, ever is explained properly 😦

  50. I have heard reports of Bar staff asking what religion people are before serving them alcohol?! I don’t understand it.And as for the comments about someone kissing in public,how does that turn the “youth” into barbaric thugs? It’s your ideology that creates a barbaric law madam,love and understanding is the way forward not oppression!! Shared the blog on Facebook uk! Good luck.

  51. I´ve enjoyed being turkeys guest round 10 times as a boy, after 15 years returning to istanbul to be welcomed with the same, hearty, hospital smile. As a transsexual, staying for a hairtransplant, shopping in taskim naturally. Returning to Stuttgart i didn´t feel “back in civilisation”, but as having left it. Stuttgart21, our Attempt to re-new our main-tree station rose in expenses while demonstrations where helt and put down violently, as all trees in the park next to the station to be turned into souverniers. I remember a something you don´t see in germany: An police-officer wearing his weapon-of-duty, modified with a grip made from nacreous. Take care

  52. What an amazing fight you are putting up for freedom of life and expression. I admire you for your courage and strength. I will share your words on the internet. Good luck!
    Cleo James London UK.

  53. The truth will out and this is another manifestaion of the insanity coming to a head and into awareness. The people will rise if all stand together and not allow out of aligned fear to rule the day. We peasants in the field, we pawns in the chess game. We can have our day where love rises and awakens all to the darkness and insanity. Its happening. In times of chaos great things emerge. There has to be upheaval for change and evolution to come through. We are witnessing in every corner of the globe. Sending love to you and your freinds in the font line at this time. As long as we dont fall into conflict with them, they have nothing to keep them alive. The fear and suffering needs conflict to survice.

    Its on its last legs when it starts pepper spaying innocent people and driving over children. Hence why even policeofficers were leaving their jobs. These acts cannot and will not continue. There will be bloodshed and death will inevitably be present. Love and unity will prevail. xxxxxx

    Thank you for shining a light on this darkness. Your message is being heard loud and clear and the ripples are spreading further than you can imagine right now. The call is heard by many xx

  54. The truth will out and this is another manifestaion of the insanity coming to a head and into awareness. The people will rise if all stand together and not allow out of aligned fear to rule the day. We peasants in the field, we pawns in the chess game. We can have our day where love rises and awakens all to the darkness and insanity. Its happening. In times of chaos great things emerge. There has to be upheaval for change and evolution to come through. We are witnessing in every corner of the globe. Sending love to you and your freinds in the font line at this time. As long as we dont fall into conflict with them, they have nothing to keep them alive. The fear and suffering needs conflict to survice.

    Its on its last legs when it starts pepper spaying innocent people and driving over children. Hence why even policeofficers were leaving their jobs. These acts cannot and will not continue. There will be bloodshed and death will inevitably be present. Love and unity will prevail. xxxxxx

    Thank you for shining a light on this darkness. Your message is being heard loud and clear and the ripples are spreading further than you can imagine right now. The call is heard by many xx

  55. Terrible that non violence protests are met with violent police tht kill the publick ! I share your writtings to let more people know what is going on in Istanbul

  56. Poland is still with you!
    I have many friends in Turkey….I believe in you guys!

    blog is shared.

  57. @Alison Burgers
    For real? You are thinking that it is good to ban kissing in public? I’m from germany and this is the stupidest law i ever heared of. Even more stupid then the american laws like in texas you’re not allowed to wear a chicken on your head.
    With the alcohol i can understand. It’s the worst drug which is legal, i think even lsd makes less damage to you body. When i see my father i can tell you that alcohol is one of the evilesd things on earth! It destroyed his full brain, he lives in another world, and from his point he is always right. It’s horrorbil.
    @Sumandef: You’re fighting for the right thing, i wish you the best, so hopefully some failure of your government will be changed.
    Shared this on Facebook, Google+, MySpace

  58. It might give you some comfort to know that the trouble in Istanbul has been very widely reported in the mainstream media in Australia over the last few days. Keep it up, the word is certainly out there.

  59. and whats going on now? media reported, erdogan has said, the park will not be destroyed. but the protest was not only about the park and after that what happened, i think, this would not stop an uprising struggle. but since today (sunday) morning there is a lack of information about the further development. please report the following things!

  60. Hat dies auf akiblo rebloggt und kommentierte:
    Ein weiterer Augenzeugenbericht aus Istanbul. Auch hier ist natürlich nicht klar, ob alle Informationen korrekt sind. Aufgrund der Situation in Istanbul gibt es aber kaum andere Quellen. (Die Berichte der internationalen Medien sind ja auch sehr mit Vorsicht zu geniessen.)

  61. Please don’t stop, your braveness and doing good will be of the most importance and I am wishing you the very best of luck and will pray for strength and comfort.

  62. Hat dies auf There is always one more story to be told… rebloggt und kommentierte:
    Holy… okay, this is horrible. People need to know. We had a similar inicdent like that at the park about a year back, when German Railways tried to cut down centuries old trees to build a new train station. The use of teargas and water cannons was similar, but at least we all knew and could react. This is why I reblog. People need to be aware. When someone is calling for support in a situation like this, how can we not try and help, if only by spreading the word?

  63. I’m very sorry to read this. I was sat in this park last year, whilst waiting for a bus. What makes me even more sorry, is that I fly to Antalya tomorrow for two weeks holiday. In light of the recent events (kissing in public, sale of alcohol, etc) I may have to rethink my holiday destination next year.
    I don’t think this is what Mustafa Kemal Atatürk wanted, when he made Turkey a great country.

  64. Reblogged this on Venti Belli: The Winds of War and commented:
    I do not often use this blog as a political forum, but you will probably see more posts and repostings like this. Whether in Turkey, in Syria, or anywhere where good citizens are oppressed by their governments, your voice should at least be counted among those who said “this is wrong.”

  65. I shared it via fb and twitter! Thanks for letting us know – you have our solidarity, from Germany!

  66. News of the protests in Istambul have been on the frontpage of Romanian mass media websites since yesterday. The media IS NOT silenced around the world. BBC is reporting the protests as well.

    However until reading your article I did not fully realise how bad the situation was. Yesterday it just seamed that some people were protesting and today media reported that police forces already backed down. So I wasn’t very worried. I am now however.

    You must fight for the resignation of your prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. I understand he wants to negotiate now, but do not agree to anything other then his immediate resignation. He had the audacity to defy his people and use brute force against you. Such a leader should never be tolerated and, after his resignation, he should also face trial for his actions.

    Do not give up. You hold the power. The government is in your service, it is the government that should fear you, not the other way around.

  67. Well done for blogging about this. And get some homeopathic Arnica tablets – ideally 200c or 10M – to your friend with the head injury. May save her life!

  68. This is so important that you people are doing this. Not just for your lives and how you live, but for the many many other people experiencing similar conditions and worse. Being in Turkey, the control of your population in the desired way (for the corporations who want to destroy the middle east and control the oil) is crucial. So resist, resist, don’t stop resisting. And this can spread further for all of us against these insane resource-hungry power mongers who don’t care about the majority of people on this earth.

  69. Reblogged this on la jeune âme and commented:
    “They all gathered to prevent the demolition of something bigger than the park:

    The right to live as honorable citizens of this country.”

    Please spread the word – everyone deserves the right to a decent, humane life!!

  70. boyle yapmakla ulkenin kotu reklamini yapmis oluyosun farkindamisin? ben en buyuk protestocusuyum bu parkin ve diger yasaklarin ama bu arada ben yurtdisinda yasiyorum ,zaten buralarda ulke imajimiz iyi degil , sen tum bu ulkede olan biteni hertaraf yaymakla sadece bu imaji daha da bir deep yapiyosu dikkt et arkadasim , yabacilar sadece populer bir konu oldugu icinbiraz ilgilenmis gorunurler basta ama geride sadece beyinlerinde daha kara , ortadoguya ait bir turkiye imaji kalir ,ihanet etme ulkene defne!!

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  72. Resist, resist and keep resisting for as long as you can. This is not only important for the trees of Gezi and the people in Istanbul and Turkey, this is important for many others who are resisting against the same global capitalist system which benefits the few at the expense of the many. But your resistance is particularly important because control of Turkey for the corporations is crucial in their plans to destroy the middle east and maintain the flow of oil. This is horrible, but wonderful. Please, keep it up!!

  73. Have reposted your story on my FB wall. Your measured and matter-of-fact tone highlights the stark reality behind it.

  74. I am so sad for your people and your country… this seems to be happening everywhere….
    Please know that you and your friends and your entire wonderful beautiful country are in my Thoughts and Prayers….

  75. I am so sad to hear what is happening in your country. In Australia the government makes decisions that aren’t supported by the people here as well, especially when it comes to big corporations raping and pillaging our land and resources. I will share your blog post on Facebook and any other information I can find. Stay strong!! Xoxoxo

  76. I was following the german press on this. They missed out two were killed of tanks. This is really horrible news. Turkey is were east and west meets. I hope it stays/becomes free and democratic and still maintains the great cultural background. While I also hope not more people are injured and your friend is recovering quickly, I also hope you folks will keep up the fight for your rights. A strong and free Turkey is necessary for the peace between east and west. And besides, I love that you defend your trees. Take care and best of luck!

  77. Don’t have any sympathy for your country, as you idiots voted these crazy people into power in the first place.

  78. I want to let you know that this news have to spread. We have to make it big the same way people did in Egypt! STay firm and let´s work together on this. People unite!

  79. Writing those words from Italy: the only thing I can do for you is share it. Hold on, good luck.

  80. We spread the word in London and Budapest!

    I wonder how every country managed to gather few thousand aggressive, mindless brainwashed idiot to build a so called police force.

    I hope everything will turn out well!

  81. Please excuse my ignorance,one question , is this movement leading to an Iran-like nation (extrem islam ,women covered ,etc)?

  82. It seems like police, army and so on are mechanisms used by the government to supress any freedom movement. I well remember how things went in Bucharest, in 2012. I was there and the situation is quite similar to what happens now in Istanbul. Whole Romania is with you! Good luck and all the best!
    I bow down to all of those people protesting up there! Fuck the system!

    P.S.: Please, let us know what happens next. And thanks for what you’ve already posted. I just shared on FB.

  83. Shared on Facebook in Australia – we are seeing what’s happening, it was the lead story on our news tonight – know we are listening and we support you xoxo

  84. Thank you for sharing this information in english. I’m from Poland and our media don’t share this news. We don’t know what is going on in Istanbul so I try find information on the internet. I share your story on Facebook.

  85. Istanbul is my favourite place on Earth. I love that park and have travelled there many times from London. Many of my closest friends are there. My heart is with you all. England’s BBC is reporting, so your story is not unheard. Keep fighting, I hope the right will win.

  86. Ppl you should know something, especially the Turkish people; if you want to destroy a country you have to do it from the inside. This protests are organized by somebody, we all know that Turkey lately is becoming powerful which for some countries does not fit, Turkish be careful they want to destroy your country. Countries that they want you down are organizing protests on their countries to “support” you, but they want you do go down!

  87. Thank you for this post. After having seen a lot of pictures about the protest already, I had seriously started to wonder how the protest had started. We had a similiar situation 3 years ago in Stuttgart Germany, a park should leave for a new underground trainstation with lots of shopping areas. There were massive protests over month with more than 60.000 people at the peak of it and solidarisations in other towns. We didn’t have the problem, that media didn’t report and most of the time protest were no interrupted by the police. But when the companies wanted to start building, thousands of protesting people including children were force away from the park with water guns and pepper spray, to cut the first trees, people were severily woonded and some blinded.
    I wrote a blog post about it: https://arwenangel.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/02-10-2010-democracys-edge/ and here are some impressions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6Y9F-vX7bc&feature=youtu.be
    As the sitaution in my country drove me to tears, what I read in your post did, too. I stand in solidarity with all those peacefully demonstrating!

  88. Fight… Make the body very tight
    Don’t let anyone inside
    Don’t let anyone out of sight
    Hide, but open your eyes wide
    Ride, even if it is against the tide
    Even if no one is on your side
    Fight… If you know you are right
    Fight… Even if it is darker than the night
    Fight… If you are alive
    Fight… Even if you are not going to survive
    Fight… Fight… Fight…

  89. Regards from Pakistan, with you all the way, you are on the right track! P.s it took me quite a while to post this comment cause I don’t understand Turkish.

  90. Thank you for your writings
    I love your people and your beautiful country. I wish all the best to you and to your county. I hope the calm will be back and the changes will be made by democratic means in the next election. Lior Alon Jerusalem Israel

  91. What you do is right, and we all stand together against the officials that disregard their people.
    Russkie-Israeli here, I truly support you and wish you well.

  92. i am british or english and its same as here but they dont use tanks yet so to keep the general population on their side..the people that control this country and large parts of the world have lost morality and instead hide behind respectability to persue their material gain…personnally i dont know what to do anymore about it but when i hear of it going on around the world it becomes more and more obvious that the governmeeants are the cause of major problems and yet they try to blame the people useing divide and rule methods….so sorry to hear whats happening to you and your people lets hope that one day soon the system breaks itself and we can live as a collective of one human family again…my heat goes out to you….

    1. I shared your article on fb… I’m with all you brave People out there in Istanbul. Stay strong, and may your cause be won without further violence! Greetings from switzerland

  93. Heard about protests in Istanbul this morning but information was sketchy about what was happening. Government over reach is endemic (in the US it increases with both parties) and it is the regular people who suffer. Keep up the fight! If you do not mind I want to post your letter on my blog.

  94. I have posted a video showing the atrocities happening now at Turkey’s protests:

    Share and let others know what’s happening in this beautiful country located on two continents

  95. I am in the US and clearly see what is going on. Turkish government is a western puppet selling out its country to western corporations, and working with west to destroy Syria and its wonderful history. This is shameful! I will pass the story! My prayers are with the Turkish people!

  96. Hello.
    I’d like to know how the tolerate foregin media journalists in istanbul, i consider buying a two way plane ticket to istanbul to cover the story in photos.

  97. I went to Istanbul and other parts of Turkey nine months after 9/11/01. The residents of Turkey showed such great concern and compassion for our plight, especially upon hearing we were from New York. Simply put, I found the Turish people to be some of the kindest I’ve ever come across in my travels. It saddens me to hear that this is going on presently. I will definitely share on Facebook, and my thoughts will be with the Turkish people.

  98. Hi, I am French and living in Russia. To me it makes much sense to go to the streets and protest against abusive governments. Especially when they are pushed to do what they did to Istanbul’s people these last days – and the whole world can see what they are capable of.
    I love Istanbul, as anyone does when they visit this amazing city. Do not let it be destroyed by capitalism policy, and do not let your lives be destroyed by dictators.
    Total support. At the moment, the only possible thing to do is to share this information everywhere and open people’s eyes on your government.
    Be strong and united!

  99. Reblogged this on Far From The Sticks and commented:
    This post eloquently explains the impetus behind the Turkish protests and how a non-violent park occupation turned into desperate political protests all over the country.

  100. we need laws however this is redicilous. no government should be telling their people how to live their personal lives its beyond redicilous makes me sick.

  101. Well, here in Finland the mainstream media at least is spreading news about what is happening there in Turkey.

  102. I say Hello to all Turkish Friends who are participating in these protests! I understood for the current situation in Instanbul via facebook. Dear friends, fight for your rights!There are people all over the world who get known for your protest and support you. Respect to all of you. Your Bulgarian friend!!!

  103. Istanbul was page 4 in the New York Times Saturday, page 10 today. I’ve been following it on Facebook since Friday. The whole world needs to resist the global corporatocracy and their lackeys in government. To our Turkish sisters and brothers, one love across three continents.

  104. Thank you for sharing this. What is happening in Turkey has been front page news here in Denmark, also in Ireland and England. The world is watching, even if the Turkish media is not.

  105. June 2, 1989 – 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

  106. June 2, 1989 – 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

  107. Reblogged this on Allison's Journals and commented:
    I must reblog this post from Istanbul Turkey where thousands of men, women and young people, even cats and dogs, are being suppressed with tear gas and water cannon guns for protesting the plutocracy and fundamentalist/conservative direction of their gov’t. I stand in solidarity with ALL citizens of the world who walk, stand, protest, sing, dance and otherwise act in defense of liberty, freedom and justice for all.

  108. Holding you and all Turks who are demonstrating against your repressive and tyrannical government tenderly in my heart and in my prayers. I will re-post your blogpost to my FB page where I have over 1K of friends. Blessings and gratitude to everyone. The future is ours.

  109. This is news on Sky News being shown in many countries. Wish you good luck to save the green spaces and the trees for future generations, and do not let government sell your souls to big corporations.

  110. Heart breaking! This story brought tears to my eyes and immediately made me think of “Mordor” in the Lord of the Rings…..seeing the great trees pulled down and destroyed.
    My late finance’s parents were born in Istanbul and immigrated to Israel in 1948.
    I live in Orlando, Florida.
    Shoshana Rose

  111. Reblogged, refacebooked. I wish we could do more than that. it is not about a park only. it is about the minimal freedom.

  112. Freedom of speech is central to religious freedom. If we do not have the freedom to express ourselves, then we will not feel that we have the freedom to follow out personal religious convictions.

  113. Thank you for writing this blog. I have a friend currently in Istanbul who was caught up in this, so I had already heard the truth. I was recently myself in Istanbul and the one thing I commented on was how lovely the green spaces were.
    The truth will out…..people are no longer sheep. keep spreading the truth!

  114. hi, from Barcelona,

    Istanbul, RISE UP, WE ARE ALL WITH YOU!!!!!!!!! In Spain we are living the same thing, violence coming from the government and silence on the TV… BUT WE ARE ALL TOGETHER, WE ARE THE NOBODY MASS, WE ARE A LOT, AND WE KNOW HOW TO ORGANISE OURSELVES!!!! Spanish television is talking about what’s happening on Istanbul, but it’s much better to know it from people like you. Please invite all your friends to write about whats happening on these days, we don’t trust the media, never, since some years ago. Please, try to find streaming conections to see and share with all the countries. Thanks for this post, big hug from Barcelona.

  115. well, I am working together with several Turkish friends here in UK who didn’t know about that yesterday. Now it’s on BBC and CNN , so they have to know. But I quote from CNN news website : “International human rights groups Amnesty International and Greenpeace have denounced what they describe as excessive use of police force against peaceful protesters.
    A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton issued a statement that said Ashton “regrets disproportionate use of force by members of the Turkish police.” Ashton also called for talks between the two sides.”

    What it is strange about this is that you have there in Turkey your own CNN Turkey if I remember correctly, so I don’t get it, they are shut down or silenced by your government, or they are working hand in hand… and keep the silence ?

  116. I live in Australia an I support the protestors in and around Istanbul. The new regulations about alcohol sale and consumption are no different to the western world. We have non- alcohol family friendly zones nearly everywhere here n australia. We have regulations on who and where alcohol can be sold for instance you cant just go to a maket and grab bottle of wine off the shelf. The regulations are actually quite needed. We need to protect our children and that is the main these are in place. What the actual problem is and why there is such a strong reaction from drinkers and non-drinkers is, when Erdogan announces certain subjects such as alcohol he does it in a a way to stir problems. I dont believe its just a character issue with him. I believe he does this to provoke the people. I can not comprehend the reason behind it as i cannot comprehend the reason why he is just and watching the events unfold. I gues only time will tell…

  117. Thank you for your strength. And for sharing these words. I believe there may come some good from this. Surely the government cannot continue to treat the people like this and have any hope of further acceptance into the riches of he ‘western paradise’! Change must come. Beyond the greed and fear that beats in the heart of many of those in power.
    Of course those western nations are quite capable of doing such things to ‘their’ people. But, perhaps times have moved forward & media pressure limits such abuses of humanity in many countries today.

  118. Thank You for that information & it is my hope that a peaceful resolution becomes available very soon !
    Unfortunately for many in the world, this is not an uncommon practice.Progress(?) seems likely to tear down many beloved reminders of days gone by where 100 years ago the idea of freedom to grow was a much different thing
    Shopping Malls take the place of a life we once new & Loved.
    My best to you & your friends ! Know that you are not alone
    Warm regards, Mark

  119. fight the good fight….offer the flowers….the police water spraying that young woman could not help but respond with heart. that is what i think. i wish you luck and peace.

  120. shared on facebook
    there have been lots of protests in favour for all of you , in germany by some thousand turkish people in some big towns … and reported by media .. . critical articles …showing understanding of what you are doing …
    thank you for posting … wish you all the best … sending love

  121. Hat dies auf Forscher Norden rebloggt und kommentierte:
    Die Ereignisse in Istanbul beschäftigen mich derzeit sehr, u.a. weil ich im Oktober 2012 selbst eine Woche in dieser fantastischen Stadt war. Rückblickend waren viele Anzeichen für die Ereignisse der letzten Tage bereits erkennbar (z.B. Graffitis gegen Gentrifizierung/Räumung oder kleinere Protestkundgebungen). Ich reblogge diesen Beitrag einer türkischen Bloggerin, der m.E. ein anschauliches Bild der derzeitigen Lage zeichnet.

  122. Much love and solidarity for you all, who are us, just in a different country. Please consider this, ask the whole country to immidiately stop shopping in all big shopping centers, even if it means eating bread and water for a week….it’s the only way, the only power we have to stop collaborating with the beast that stalks and devours us, this beast is not made of people, it’s made of greed and folly…

  123. Thank you for your report of what’s actually happening… German people are 100% behind you !! Keep on fighting for your rights!

  124. Keep strong , keep the spirit up , whats right is right , and whats wrong must stop , thats what the human brain is made for , not for tear gas shots to people who protest in peace! Greetings from Athens , Greece. We support what you re doing!!!

  125. Thank you for your great report about this incredible crime against human rights and the nature! It’s very courageous! Wish you and your family to stay strong and defend this park and your vision! I will share this and try to get some support for you from the german government!

  126. Thank you for sharing with the world what is happening in Istambul . I no longer see the world fragmented by frontiers I believe the intire humanity is connected and we all are responsible for the things that happen all the time and anywhere.
    I am Brazilian and I leave in Rio. When I saw the images in the news I was scared by the extend that financial power are dominating everywhere. I felt for the people , for the trees…but at the same time I admired their courage to resist . You all be sure that the news coverage that arrive at this part of the world were horrified by the way a peaceful demonstration to safe a Park was been repressed in a criminal way.
    I would like to say that you are not alone not is all the people with good will around the planet that are trying to resist the forces of financial and political madness. You have all my support and admiration.You are not just fighting for a Park , you are fighting for humanity. Bravo !

  127. In january 2009 in athens a small group of people gathered to a small park toprotest against the cutting of the trees and the building of a parking lot. That was the trigger to a general strugle against the mere’ s will to construct in every free space in the city….and more…behind a strugle for a park there is always a strugle for human rights…it is fundamental…now i revive those days and months that followed with shifts for guarding it, recultivating it and finally secured it….i know what you live, what you feel and what will follows…keep calm, focus and you will win….

  128. Police brutality was unacceptable; people should have the right to express their oppinion, to gather and to protest.

    But this blog is full of false information.

    Nobody died. There are no dead protesters. It’s a lie.

    The park is not under construction “to build another shopping mall” nor is it being permanently demolished. It is a building site of a tunnel behind the Taksim square.

    The trees are almost all already removed, and re-planted in the Golden Horn (ergo not cut). No one protested then, but only now when there are literally only a few trees left to be removed.

    Once the tunel construction is over, Gezi park will be re-built as it was looking before the construction. All the political parties in the City Counil approved the tunel construction long time ago.

    The whole protest was organized by the powerful ‘parallel state’ in order to provoke and undermine the current government, and the government fell for the trick – or at least the police fell for the bait. Deliberately? Time will tell.

    Btw the Prime Minister criticized police behavior.

  129. I pray for you all and the role you are playing in the awaking of the People of the World. Bless you & your efforts, may your people be safe and protected and may goodness prevail in your country and throughout the world. Exploitation of the citizens for benefit of the few (corporations and governments) must stop!

  130. Reblogged this on Just Travel and commented:





    (有興趣的朋友,在instagram上查詢 #occupygezi #direngeziparki #direnturkiye #taksim 會有相關影像出現)

  131. I’ll help spred the word as well….thank you for standing up to tyranny. signed, a grateful hispanic lesbian farmer!

  132. Thank you for writing this, i respect you and the people who are demonstrating immensely and i hope you can all be safe because this isn’t just a problem in Istanbul, it’s a worldwide problem where the corporations are trying to dictate and govern via commerce and profits, they’re killing mother earth slowly but surely and we’re becoming their slaves, courage

  133. Thanks for writing this blog, I will translate it into arabic and republish.

    Mostafa Mohie
    Egyptian Activist and Journalist

  134. Hat dies auf Schwert der Aufklärung rebloggt und kommentierte:
    In der Türkei braut sich ja schon länger etwas zusammen und viele westlich eingestellte Türken haben schon seit Jahren ein Problem mit der islamisch-konservativen AKP. Nun scheint die Ablehnung vieler Türken eines Bauprojekt in einem grossen Park (S21 lässt grüssen) in Istanbul als Zündfunke grösserer Demonstrationen gegen die Politik des Türkenführers Erdowahn im allgemeinen zu funktionieren. Mögen die säkular eingestellten und der Unkkultur des Türkentums abgeneigten Türken mit ihrem Demonstrationen Erfolg haben und den Türkenführer mitsamt seiner AKP vom Thron stürzen.

  135. The internet is FREE and so it shall ALWAYS BE!

    How to connect to the internet in Turkey should your government shut it off. Please share with Turks.

    #occupygezi Dial Up

    User: telecomix
    Password: telecomix

    OR +33172890150

    Login: toto
    Password: toto

  136. Es gibt nichts Antidemokratischeres und Idiotischeres als Protestmärsche von Minderheiten, die ihre Interessen an den,der ganzen Oeffentlicheit zur Verfügung stehenden demokratischen Prozesse, vorbeizuschleusen versuchen.
    Gerade junge Stundenten sollten sich zuerst einmal mit dem 1×1 gesellschaftlicher und politischer Prozesse auseinandersetzen und in erster Linie zuerst einmal deren ganzes Potential ausschöpfen, statt nur dumm und blöd für eine fixe Idee anderen auf der Strasse hinterherzulatschen!

  137. Defne goverment didn’t do good at public relations in this event, you are right. But this sentence is fully wrong: “people who did not belong to any specific organization or ideology “. Because; CHP, political party was there, DHPC was there, ‘Devrimci Halk Cephesi’ was there, and other communist groups were there. Why burned everything there. On twitter many lies whispered, like 500 people dead at taksim and so many others…, we are not deaf and blind Defne; your blog shows that how patriotic you are?!!

    1. So why not, just another State with a corrupt government, a violent police force and restricted human rights. I think most states in EU have more or less similar problems…

  138. I don’t think you’re complaining about your country. I read that and thought, “The Turks are awesome!” What an inspiration you all are. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  139. It has been broadcasted today on Spanish TV but I’m even more glad to read it from the place where it’s going on. It’s a matter of rights, I fully agree. Some Governments should already support Turkish people and condemn what’s currently happening there. Many Spanish people like me are already spreading your word on Facebook. All our support from the other side of the Mediterranean 🙂

  140. I re-posted this on my Facebook page with this wish: May the people of Turkey prevail over the attempt to hijack their country by a small interest group, and may we learn from it before it’s too late for us. The conditions you describe could almost be recognizable as what I see happening here in America only too many Americans would rather be entertained than informed. Courage to you all!

  141. I’m not able to assess if the activities of turkey people is right. But I’m able to assess that the act of the state against the people is not right at all.

  142. No matter if this fails – I don’t remember a nation standing up to corporation. This is huge. V for the park in Istanbul! And, yes, you can always boycott the evil empire’s palace if it will ever be errected.

  143. I thank you for this text. I have everything translated into German by using Google to inform my friends and others in Germany and have made ​​everything with a reference to your blog on my Facebook page. I shared on my FB page about the protests and demonstrations in Turkey and in Germany in the last days many articles. I called in German language to translate your text in multiple languages ​​and redistribute. Together we are strong. Greetings from Germany to the brave people of Turkey and the many locations in our world, in the same wrong happens, like in your country. Ingeborg Hilmes

  144. Der ins Deutsche übersetzte Text:
    Was passiert gerade in Istanbul?
    Veröffentlicht am 01/06/2013

    Für meine Freunde, die außerhalb der Türkei leben:

    Ich schreibe, um Ihnen mitzuteilen, was los ist in Istanbul in den letzten fünf Tage. Ich persönlich schreibe das, weil die meisten Medien-Quellen von der Regierung geschlossen werden und die Mundpropaganda und das Internet als einzige Möglichkeiten für uns gelassen werden um uns zu erklären, und ich rufe Sie um Hilfe und Unterstützung an.

    Vor vier Tagen traf sich eine Gruppe von Menschen, die nicht einer bestimmten Organisation oder Ideologie angehören in Istanbul im Gezi- Park. Unter ihnen waren viele meiner Freunde und Schüler. Ihre Begründung war einfach: Um es zu verhindern und zu protestieren gegen den bevorstehenden Abriss des Parks zum Wohle noch eines weiteren anderen Einkaufszentrum im Zentrum der Stadt. Es gibt zahlreiche Einkaufszentren in Istanbul, mindestens eines in jeder Nachbarschaft! Das Niederreißen der Bäume sollte beginnen am frühen Donnerstagmorgen. Die Menschen gingen in den Park mit ihren Decken, Büchern und Kindern. Sie haben ihre Zelte abgebaut und verbrachten die Nacht unter den Bäumen. Früh am Morgen, als die Bulldozer kamen und damit begannen um die hundert Jahre alten Bäume aus dem Boden zu ziehen, standen sie gegen sie, um den Betrieb zu stoppen.

    Sie taten nichts anderes, als vor den Maschinen zu stehen.

    Keine Zeitung, kein Fernsehsender waren da, um den Protest zu berichten. Es war ein kompletter Medien-Black out.

    Aber die Polizei kam mit Wasserwerfern und Pfefferspray Fahrzeugen. Sie jagten die Massen aus dem Park heraus.

    Am Abend wurde die Zahl der Demonstranten vervielfacht. So stieg auch die Zahl der Polizeikräfte rund um den Park. Inzwischen hat Lokalregierung Istanbul alle Möglichkeiten heruntergefahren zum Gezi-Park zu gelangen bis zum Taksim-Platz, wo sich der Gezi- Park befindet. Die U-Bahn wurde geschlossen, Fähren wurden abgesagt, Straßen wurden blockiert.

    Doch mehr und mehr Menschen gingen ihren Weg bis zur Mitte der Stadt zu Fuß.

    Sie kamen aus ganz Istanbul. Sie kamen aus vielen verschiedenen Hintergründen, unterschiedlichen Ideologien, Religionen. Sie alle versammelten sich, um den Abriss, der etwas größer als der Park werden sollte zu verhindern:

    Das Recht, als ehrenwerte Bürger dieses Landes zu leben.

    Sie versammelten sich und marschierten gemeinsam. Die Polizei jagte sie mit Pfefferspray und Tränengas und fuhr mit ihren Panzern über Menschen, die der Polizei Essen im Gegenzug angeboten hatten. Zwei junge Leute wurden von den Panzern überfahren und getötet. Eine andere junge Frau, eine Freundin von mir, wurde am Kopf von einem der eingehenden Tränengasgranaten getroffen. Die Polizei schoss sie direkt in die Menge. Nach einer dreistündigen Operation ist sie immer noch auf der Intensivstation und in einem sehr kritischen Zustand. Während ich dies schreibe, wissen wir nicht, ob sie gehen wird, um es zu machen. Dieser Blog ist ihr gewidmet.

    Diese Leute sind meine Freunde. Sie sind meine Studenten, meine Verwandten. Sie haben keine «hidden agenda» wie der Staat zu sagen pflegt. Ihre Agenda ist draußen. Es ist sehr klar. Das ganze Land wird an Unternehmen von der Regierung verkauft, für den Bau von Einkaufszentren, Luxus-Eigentumswohnungen, Autobahnen, Staudämmen und Atomkraftwerken. Die Regierung sucht (und die Schaffung von Gründen, wenn nötig) eine Entschuldigung nach Syrien um gegen deren Willen die Menschen anzugreifen.

    Am Anfang von allem, hat die Regierung die Kontrolle über das persönliche Leben der Menschen übernommen, was später unerträglich wurde. Der Staat hat unter der konservativen Agenda viele Gesetze und Vorschriften in Bezug auf Abtreibung, Kaiserschnittgeburten, Verkauf und Konsum von Alkohol und sogar die Farbe des Lippenstifts, welcher von den Stewardessen getragen wird, geregelt.

    Menschen, die zum Zentrum von Istanbul marschieren fordern ihr Recht, frei zu leben und n Gerechtigkeit zu empfangen, den Schutz und Respekt des Staates. Sie fordern an dem Entscheidungsprozess über die Stadt, in der sie leben beteiligt zu sein.

    Was sie stattdessen erhielten ist übermäßige Kraft und enorme Mengen von Tränengas, das direkt in ihre Gesichter geschossen wurde. Drei Menschen verloren ihre Augen.

    Doch sie marschieren noch. Hunderttausende schließen sich ihnen an. Mehrere paar Tausend bestanden die Bosporus-Brücke zu Fuß, um die Menschen von Taksim zu unterstützen.

    Keine Zeitung oder TV-Kanal waren da, um die Ereignisse zu berichten. Sie waren mit Rundfunk- Nachrichten beschäftigt um über Miss Türkei und “die seltsamste Katze der Welt” zu berichten.

    Die Polizei jagte Menschen und besprühte sie mit Pfefferspray in einem Ausmaß, dass streunende Hunde und Katzen vergiftet wurden und starben.

    Schulen, Krankenhäuser und sogar 5-Sterne-Hotels rund um den Taksim-Platz hatten ihre Türen geöffnet, um den Verletzten zu helfen. Ärzte füllten die Klassenzimmer und Hotelzimmer um Erste Hilfe zu leisten. Einige Polizisten weigerten sich, unschuldige Menschen mit Tränengas zu besprühen und beendeten ihre Arbeitsplätze. Rund um den Platz stellten sie Störsender, um Internet-Verbindung zu verhindern und 3G-Netze wurden blockiert. Bewohner und Unternehmen in der Umgebung stellten kostenlos drahtlose Netzwerke für die Menschen auf den Straßen. Restaurants boten Speisen und Wasser kostenlos an.

    Menschen in Ankara und Izmir versammelten sich auf den Straßen, um den Widerstand in Istanbul zu unterstützen.
    Mainstream Medien sind gehalten Fräulein Türkei und “die seltsamste Katze der Welt” zu senden.


    Ich schreibe diesen Brief, damit du weißt, was los ist in Istanbul. Massenmedien sagen es Ihnen nicht, nichts davon. Nicht in meinem Land zumindest. Bitte senden Sie so viele Artikel, wie Sie auf dem Internet sehen um das Wort zu verbreiten.

    Wie ich im Beitrag und Artikel, darüber was in Istanbul passierte auf meiner Facebook-Seite erklärte gestern Abend, stellte mir jemand die folgende Frage:

    «Was machst du in der Hoffnung, dadurch Ausländer zu gewinnen, die sich für unser Land interessieren?»

    Dieser Blog ist meine Antwort darauf.

    Durch so genannten «klagen» über mein Land, ich hoffe zu gewinnen:

    Freiheit der Meinungsäußerung und Rede,

    Die Achtung der Menschenrechte,

    Kontrolle über die Entscheidungen, die ich mache in und über meinen Körper,

    Das Recht auf legale Versammlung in jedem Teil der Stadt, ohne als ein Terrorist zu gelten.

    Aber vor allem durch die Verbreitung des Wortes zu euch, meine Freunde, die in anderen Teilen der Welt leben. Ich hoffe, Ihr Bewusstsein zu stärken zur Unterstützung und Hilfe!

    Bitte das Wort verbreiten und teilen Sie diesen Blog.


    Für weitere Informationen und Dinge, die Sie tun können, um Hilfe zu finden Amnesty International dringend zur Hilfe aufrufen.

  145. Reblogging this – great article and so sorry to hear about this awful mess. The government has no right to be so harsh – Turkish people need to find out who are the people with the vested interests pulling the strings, and remove them from politics. Turkey has come so far, don’t let it turn back now!

  146. Thank you for sharing this. I’m not hearing nearly enough about this in the US media and this helped me to understand so I can search out more information. Please be careful.

  147. For what it’s worth, I have been following what is happening in Istanbul via American network news, and this description seems to match what has been described by them. And it has been treated as a significant story. So the good news is that this story is getting out, despite the Turkish government’s attempts to suppress it.

  148. You have my support and I’ll continue to report your plight to others around the World until justice, your human rights and freedom of speech is recognised by your Government and is received by you and your fellow countrymen/women… God Bless you all

  149. Keep blogging. Thank your for helping inform the outside world of what’s happening in your city, your country. I hope your friend makes a full recovery! And to the others who are brave enough to stand up against police knowing of possible injury, arrest, death…for what they believe in. Freedom of speech, freedom of choice, to peacefully demonstrate: courge to you, the world is watching and our hearts are with you!!

    p.s. to the ignorant comment from Alison Burgers diyor ki:
    I don’t agree with your view, but because of freedom of speech, you have the right and the opportuniy to post your comment here, as no law prohibits it. But perhaps there will be a law made without your knowledge or any political debate, to take that right away from you, to silence your opinion, your ability to share your view, however misinformed it may be.

  150. Hi I live in London, I am British but I go to Istanbul frequently on business. You should know that your so called President is on the international news trying to make out that these protests are being back by his political opposition and that the protestors are a minority of the people. He is taking no responsibility for his actions and is acting like the dictator he is. Istanbul is a modern city, we support you in keeping it that way, everyone in London I spoke to knows it is not about a shopping mall but about ridding yourselves of an Islamic fundamentalist dictator. Get rid of him and his party once and for all and allow Turkey to to its place in the world as a great nation. Otherwise look to your neighbours Syria and Iraq for a glimpse of the future. We all are supporting you here, we know you can do it. Keep Turkey free and secular!

  151. Thank you for this blog! It is good to know information that media fails (or doesn’t want) to share. Keep strong and fight for your rights!

  152. je vous soutiens! mes pensées vont à vous tous qui luttaient pour ce parc mais surtout pour nos droits, nos libertés et les quelques espaces verts qu’ils restent dans nos villes remplies de béton!!!
    Je suis française et je suis venue dans votre pays, il y a un mois pour m’aérer et retrouver une amie étudiante! J’ai apprécié la Turquie et son peuple, et j’espère que vous résisterez car Mr Erdogan ne veut pas stopper le projet du centre commercial !
    Je me joins à vous ! Restons et vivons libres !!!!!!!!!

  153. We have holidayed in Turkey for 15years and love your country and its people, so sad to see such wonderful people suppressed by, your police and military. parks and open spaces are so important, especially in the cities, we hope peace returns to you all, and your government listens to its people.

  154. Whoa! I was just in Istanbul the end of April. There were already restless crowds in Taksim Square. Walked through the beautiful park. I noticed all throughout turkey there were many high rise apartment buildings seemingly in the middle of nowhere! And I wondered why! Where were the older homes and small farms? I wondered if this was forced resettlement. So sad! Such a beautiful city! Such a beautiful country! Friendly, wonderful people!! I will repost and spread the news!

  155. Big thanks to share this. It has been a surprised to me to see what’s happening. I’ve been shocked by these news!!!
    I’m on the one hand happy to see people fighting this way, ashamed because I’m not doing anything at all to do any change, and at the same time worried about what will happen after this in Turkey.
    Maybe the person who asked about what were you gainging telling to foreigners… I have two answers (sure many more): The first one is that you contribute to all the people’s right to be informed (independently of their origin, conditions, etc. And the second one is the fact that this kind of event contributes to be conscious that we share many similar problems and concerns in our societies, regardless of the geographical place, historical background… and despite the many differences we surely can find. The fact is what we have in common. When Egypt protests were seen in European countries many people who had an sterotyped idea of Egypt (among other countries) , had a new input for their configuration of this stereotype. And it didn’t fit with it! Seeing how people were fighting for their rights no matter the risks left we impressed as I haven’t seen anything similar (not at this level) in my country. And I’ve thought about this again, and I know that deeply most of the people who saw that felt they weren’t that different from the Egyptian society in many aspects. And again, somehow many felt ashamed they were not doing anything to change their countries as Egytians and manyy others were doing. Now I feel similar when reading what’s going on in Turkey. I’m happy and sad at the same time: protests show people demanding change and participation in society but the reaction will be violent for sure… What do you think will happen from now on?

  156. I am an American who lived in Turkey for 4 years and am now currently residing in France where this news is being broadcast by Aljazeera – English and France24 in English. There is mention on these news networks that the Turkish media are being very quiet and not broadcasting about the demonstrations. Prime Minisiter Erdogan has done a commendable job for the Turkish economy, but seems to have an agenda when it comes to the secular nature of the country that Ataturk so brilliantly established – bringing the Republic of Turkey into the modern age. Much of Erdogan’s agenda seems targeted at eastern Turkey voters who are more conservative and religious and towards gaining respect and clout from Arab countries. This is a wake-up call for the Prime Minister and I do hope that he opens his eyes and sees and opens his ears and hears what a broad spectrum of the Turkish population are conveying to him. The Turkish people are far too smart and proud to have a politician hoist his own personal agenda on them. Good on you Turks!

  157. I am living in Egypt and the Egyptian gov tv channels did exactly the same thing, they put on lovely quiet pictures of Cairo and lovely cooking programs, but showed nothing of what was really happening during the revolutiuon.
    Interesting too now, as they report on happenings in istanbul the media are claiming that the riots began over the laws concerning alcohol. They omitted to mention the park, the trees, the lipstick, the predominently women’s issues and control over women’s bodies!!! naturally they wouldn’t mention any of that! In a predominantly Muslim country with an ‘Islamic’ government it is hardly surprising!
    Reposting too on gaiamethod.wordpress.com. Well done for your article.

  158. I’m portuguese living in Portugal and we also saw it on the news yesterday. The international community is aware of what is happening in your country, so don’t worry to be misunderstood, because we know your reasons and what the police did, how they did it. I only wish we could do something else other than be sorry. They said on the news that 2 people were killed and that were more than 100 injured. Capitalism really sucks!

  159. Reblogged this on Gaia Method and commented:
    Egyptian media are only stating that all the problems in Istanbul are because of the sale of alcohol!!! Morsi is a supporter of the Turkish government after all!!!!

  160. the world /people are waking up to the reality , there are people that wants us to be their slaves, to live and work hard for their welt. what happens in Istanbul its just the beginning ..but soon they will create war to frighten us and make us forget and go back to sleep..economical crisis made by them , the people that toke (and still taking ) our money to pay on their expensive trips,clothes, cars etc. ahh, yes in Istanbul probably the money for constructing the shopping mall was the same money that the citizens gave as taxes and all kind of stupid payments .
    dark against light
    its time to wake up and live ,live life different, spread love and kindness to all men kind
    you are not ships , start behaving like human , respect yourselves and your basic needs to live good,free, happy and healthy

  161. Thank you for posting this. Be asured to have full solidarity from Germany! We are with you in our hearts and thoughts. Two and a half years ago I witnessed the same in Stuttgart where thousands tried to protect our several hundred year old park, Schlossgarten, from being demolished for a completely unnecessary trainstation. Police came by the thousands and they brought water canons, batons and teargas. One man lost his eyesight, hundreds were injured, even children, all of us are traumatized. The trees are gone. Trees that were like grandfathers and grandmothers to us, shredded in a matter of hours. My heart is still bleeding. I pray you will succeed even at that terrible toll you are paying with your health and your lives.

  162. Big respect for you guys from a german fella who chilled in that park several years ago. It really is important to stand against government sometimes, so sad though about the many badly injured people who protested peacefully. But i believe there will be many more situations like this all over europe in the next years too…

  163. Dear Friends,
    I’m 1/2 Turkish. I grew up in Ankara and Izmir. My cousins and favorite friends live in Istanbul. Some of the best summers and best years of my life come from my years in Turkey. The people are the kindest, most generous and warmest people I’ve ever met. I can’t wait to go back to see my uncles, cousins and my mother’s country. I can’t wait to eat the food and swim in the beautiful Aegean and Mediterranean ocean. I can’t wait to hang out in Istanbul & the summer town of Cesme with my friends and stay up til the wee hours in the nightclubs like we used to when we were 18. lol good times, good times.
    It’s painful to see the political right oppress the super cool westernized country that so many don’t understand. Turkey is a peaceful nation. Turkey is a our ally – we need them as a bridge to the Middle East. In the southern city of Adana is one of the largest, most secure US military bases that our Air Force heavily relies on. We are friends with the Turks.
    Turkey is a secular country. Jews, Muslims, Christians – all grow up together, side by side without issue. It also has become ruled by a much more conservative Prime Minister. The country has become more and more commercialized since I was last there in ’89 and this article best describes what is going on of late.
    The best I can do in support of my friends and family and peaceful, secular, western way of Istanbul life from my comfortable home outside of Portland is help spread the word and ask you for a Tweet, an article or a share of this since their Prime Minister and government of today is blocking the media.
    I fear for the future of this beautiful country. It’s important for the US that this country stays secular and that the people have the freedom to express their rights without the brutality of government.
    Please take 2 minutes and read this article. It’s one of the most clear descriptions of what is truly happening there today.
    ~ Roxana Hannah
    Turkiye: seni cok seviyorum

  164. I’m an American student studying in Chile, where massive repression and violence on the part of the military police force against popular (and peaceful) demonstrations has become the norm. Love and support to the cause you and your fellow citizens are fighting for – this is a global fight against the corporate force which has taken over the policies of many nations around the world, favoring the interests of unbridled “economic growth” over the interests of the people. Reblogging on http://rosesofthesolitarysea.tumblr.com, which documents my time here in Chile.

  165. I have seen this before !! in Genoa 2001 at the G8 summit !! Molatovs going over my head the air thick with tear gas and thousands of people on the streets with a minority police holding all the cards !! I missed the diaz school by about 5 minutes and was supposed to spend the night there fortunately I had an extra beer and prevented myself from spending the night in Hospital !!! In that time the Italian Newspapers were owned by Belusconi and we were called vandals and hooligans and it took 10 years to prove that the Calibenieri (sp) had specific orders to attack !! The papers here are reporting that Istanbul is “violent demonstrators” whilst showing a man throwing a brick in a football t-shirt again the suggestion is hooliganism. However whilst being united against what we do NOT want it is more difficult to be united FOR what we want so even with the fall of a corrupt government a majority at an election may be difficult to achieve legitimacy. Hasta la siempre victoria comrade !!

  166. If government sold country to corpos, there wouldn’t be production – look at Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and former Yugoslavia – industry has been ruined, science is dying, the youth are more and more stupid.
    Why CNN, which is left-side TV, is showing socialists, LGBT activists and other lefties? This is opposition? For God’s sake, don’t kill me. I am sad, what’s been ongoing in Turkey recently.
    I hope this country will find it’s way on this crossroad. Cross fingers.

  167. yazinin basindaki resim maraton kosusundan.. yalan, yanlis haberler fotograflar yayilmakta. dikkatli olalim. resimi degistirebilirseniz memnun olurum.

  168. I have seen this before !! in Genoa 2001 at the G8 summit !! Molatovs going over my head the air thick with tear gas and thousands of people on the streets with a minority police holding all the cards !! I missed the diaz school by about 5 minutes and was supposed to spend the night there fortunately I had an extra beer and prevented myself from spending the night in Hospital !!! In that time the Italian Newspapers were owned by Belusconi and we were called vandals and hooligans and it took 10 years to prove that the Calibenieri (sp) had specific orders to attack !! The papers here are reporting that Istanbul is “violent demonstrators” whilst showing a man throwing a brick in a football t-shirt again the suggestion is hooliganism. However whilst being united against what we do NOT want it is more difficult to be united FOR what we want so even with the fall of a corrupt government a majority at an election may be difficult to achieve legitimacy. Hasta la siempre victoria comrade !!

  169. Can you elaborate on the proposed alcohol law. From what I read it seems a total spin because even if the proposed restrictions get accepted it would be waaaaay more liberal than in many western countries. Do you know that in canada you cannot drink in public areas and that in Ontario only one company retails alcohol and that they are never open after 10PM?

    1. That’s the same law in UK. No alcohol off sales after 10pm any day. Also most cities ban drinking in public also.

  170. I got this blog from La Vie Et La Danse. I was shocked and saddened to read it and think others should be aware of what is happening in Turkey.

  171. Respect to the protesters for the pain and discomfort they endure for their righteous principles.

  172. Thank you- reposting on facebook. Anything else in English would be helpful. Bing’s translation on facebook is comically incorrect and I’m bugging my husband with translations. Albuquerque supports Turkiye!

  173. I am from Colombia, I am sadden by the situation in Turkey since in there is here also a lot of misinformation and deliverated ignorance by the media. They often refuse to show what is truly relevant for the country and what people deserve to know as citizens. I will have your country and your people in my thoughts and prayers. Keep up the claim for your rights, its a fight worth fighting for.

  174. That is a big Lie
    Some idiot people are being mislead by some bad purposed group, to make a chaos and so called “Arab-spring” in Turkey as well.

    You can get all of the news from ANY media channel in Turkey, some of them are exaggerating, some of them are making it small news, but you can get all the news.

    Those bad intended groups/organizations are trying to manipulate sensitive Turkish Local People.

    Have some common sense, and do NOT be a tool for those organizations intention…

  175. You are wise people to protest, but you can’t win this battle – they have means to force you out of this place as you see. Don’t be ashamed, that you will allow this shopping mall to be built. Your failure will be, when you will go to this place when it will be there already opened.
    LET THEM BUILD IT. AND LET THEM GO BANKRUPT ONCE THEY INVEST THEIR MONEY. Remember your current attitude later on, when shops will be opened. That will hurt them more than it hurts you now.

  176. I long for a day when we can dismantle governments and live more freely. So much is done in our names that we do not want and our freedoms are curtailed by people who have no right to do so. I long for self-government and the right for people do what they want – free speech and free action – without hurt or hate. I am troubled by the thought that this will never happen!

  177. How can a person go to street playing a cooker for a few trees?! I never accept people to kill their humanity. There should be a better way to tell problems… We are not children. When people were killed, when people weren’t taken to university because of their belief, none of the “environment people” cared about them. Now, they are killing themselves for a few trees… People or tree… Choose… Really funny… Why don’t they come off the street for foundlings, for freedom of believes, for the people who are killing in Palestine, Syria or somewhere else… Come on people, tree… Don’t believe… We don’t live like them in Turkey… They are a strange group… If we give importance to humanity, noone will cut trees… I can’t believe that we had to compare people and trees…
    In Europe people think more, do less. However, It doesn’t work in Turkey nowadays… Some people don’t think, don’t try a peacefull way to figure out problems… Of course, there are a lot of reasons in this situation. If you look Turkey in your life, it will be more difficult to understand. I wish they didn’t kill the trees, but I wish people could have conscience, too. It will repair our heart and life, also our PARKS (!)

  178. Dear people from Istanbul, keep on fighting for your town and your ideals. Your voices need to be heard. Istanbul is such a beatiful city and you have to preserve it.
    I am sharing this blog.

  179. How can governments like Turkey and the US pretend to embrace democracy when they see nothing wrong with taking public property for self-serving private interests and then create a military state to protect their actions? Capitalism continues to strip American’s of basic rights while our government continues to interfere with other countries right to self determined governments. A united people is essential to prevent tyranny, stay strong!

  180. Reblogged this on Cheshire Abroad and commented:
    I was in Istanbul a week ago visiting friends and I just fell in love with the city. I’m so sorry to hear now of the terrible things that are happening there. My thoughts are with the Turkish people.

  181. Human rights is a made up political word. It’s time you and the rest of the blind world realize that. Turkey chose its governing body and how it chose to be governed by that body. Now they are reaping it. Do you think the world stepped in to save surviving Germany when the Russians were moving in to Berlin? And do you know the atrocities the Russians committed there? My question is where we’re all of these protesters during the political meetings and permit committees that sought to rid this park from the area? Are you really not surprised by the world reaction or response? Globally, people seldom care unless it afflicts them directly and mostly in economical ways. Travel to the southern continent of Africa and the Congo regions and see first hand that human rights are made by force and the UN does nothing but oppress thoughts defending themselves. The U.S., Russia, China, and France flow massive amounts of weapons and ordinance to feed the slaughter and sit back to collect the profits and divide the spoils. A thousand people died today just by being in the wrong village or tribe. You cry for the two killed by their own police force, and while that is tragic, it pales in comparison to the murder and devastation going on just outside of Turkey and neighboring countries. Men seek death. And death is what they find.

  182. To those saying foreign intervention won’t make a difference — no, perhaps government intervention will not but many, many uprisings and protests the world over have been helped by education of the world’s people by brave bloggers like Defne. Thank you, Defne, for writing this. I have a cousin living near the square and an acquaintance planning to go to Istanbul for a Pride Event, so I am very, very grateful for your post at a personal level. At a political level, the police attacks on the people of Istanbul for peaceful protest are WRONG. Anyone telling Defne to stay quiet should examine their own culpability. I wish you peace and safety and will do everything I can to get the word out and hopefully do more than that. I am a protester, an ACT UP member and I marched and protested with Occupy Wall Street. We are with you! — Jennifer

  183. I am a Puerto Rican living in Libya, information received through the media about what is happening in Istanbul has been very poor. I appreciate your interest in keeping us informed. Hopefully everything will be resolved and that this time capitalism not be the big winner. Someone commented that he does not know the importance of the park, I reply. The same basic and fundamental importance with all parks anywhere in the world, be a place of meeting and convergence, be a space of nature conservation, be just a outdoors space. Who’s doesn’t see the importance of this and all parks, is really lost. Again, thanks for sharing the information. All my solidarity with the citizens of Istanbul and All Turkey, for those who have the conviction and courage to stand up, speak out and fight for their rights. // ¡Saludos! Soy una puertorriqueña viviendo en Libia, ha sido muy poca la información que los medios noticiosos han transmitido sobre lo que está ocurriendo en Estambul. Agradezco tu interés en mantenernos informados. Esperemos que todo se resuelva y que esta vez el capitalismo no sea el gran vencedor. Alguien comentó que no sabía la importancia que tiene el parque, yo le contesto. La misma importancia básica y primordial que tienen todos los parques en cualquier parte del mundo; ser lugar de reunión y convergencia, ser un espacio de conservación de la naturaleza, ser precisamente un espacio al aire libre. El que no vea la importancia de este y de todos los parques, está realmente perdido. Una vez más, gracias por compartir la información. Toda mi solidaridad para con los ciudadanos de Estambul y toda Turquía que tienen la convicción y la valentía de levantarse, alzar la voz y luchar por sus derechos.

  184. I translated the gist of it in Italian and posted it on one of my social endeavor pages, https://www.facebook.com/mov.inpiedi… a group for socio-political-aparthitical activism in a small town in Sicily (32’000 inhabitants). We know something about useless building of shopping malls in Sicily, and human rights abuse sugar-coated to be forced down our throats via the glitzy Europe-Westernized society flavored funnel… Why do abusive politics, money laundering affairs, corrupt tactics work so well in Southern/Mediterranean countries, aren’t you curious to figure it out? This is a debate I am preoccupied with and have chosen to make the focus of Corallo Bianco, a small non profit org I founded to investigate interdisciplinary questions of social psychology, personal growth, communities, society and politics, Anyway, ready to tweet away now. Thank you for posting, courageously so.

  185. I don’t feel that I need to apologize for the media in the U.S. Most people know how worthless it is.
    It’s people like you who keep us informed. We all do what we can!

  186. I’m reading this from Poland and am trying to understand what is happening. I gather that it isn’t about the park anymore. It’s about the bigger picture(?). Is there any way that we – people from other countries – can actually help you?

  187. I am an Egyptian in the US and I will make sure to spread the word. Someday we will all get rid of Islamic radicalism and disrespect for hman rights. Power to the people.

  188. Thanks for sharing. I was really trying to find out what was happening there…i mean the reasons why… and everywhere the News seemed not to give any answers. I love Istanbul and surely there are enough shopping centers already!

  189. You and the people who protests for Freedom of expression and speech and the fundamental
    respect for human rights have the solidarity of us here in Germany. On Saturday the Blockupy-demonstration shows also this solidarity. I am a german author and journalist, working about the situation in Turkey 20 years ago.

  190. I did see this reported on CNN yesterday – however – it is important to keep getting the word out about this protest. I believe that environmental issues should be the major focus of the 21 century – our children and grandchildren’s futures are at great peril.

  191. Only four trees were supposed to be moved to another place, only four! It is not about building a shopping mall at all; it is about making that place pedestrian only as well as renovating a historical Ottoman building. Turkish news channels have been broadcasting live from Istanbul and Ankara from the beginning (I’m watching CNN Turk online). They report even rallies taking place in NY and London. This is not about four trees; this is about being against Tayyip Erdogan.

  192. It is sad to see a government turn on its people so easily and callously. I hope true change for the people is the result of the sacrifice paid by those who died.

  193. my friend, this is happening everywhere
    here in brasil, country which will host the FIFA World Cup in 2014, in many cities, a process of
    “cleaning” the streets, sending away anyone or anything that does not represent any of the images capitalism throws everyday is going on: whores, beggars, hippies, artisans, artists, poor people. most of the citizens dont even care. the struggle here is clearly between public X private, and the question “what is public and what is private” has been, recently, a common and dangerous question. good for us, seeking some harmony in this world of constant transformation: at least, causes and reasons are being put under some light, questioned. we’re reaching the edge of capital, and what goes next is, for me, worth watching realy close. if everyone simply watch the stupidity of it all, see it clearly, there will be transformation. we don’t even have to act, beacause we (common citizens) are already acting, whenever we go to malls, banks, whenever we act as we do to sustain all this stupidity. we have to observe, understand, and choose a different action. in this struggle, we’ll need friends, not enemies. police are just like dogs. they do not think, they act as malls junkies, flowing with the waves of a nihilistic capitalism. there is no rest in this flow, no time to observe: its just repetition of conditioned acts.
    i could write all day about this, but i think i should start cleaning my house by now. i cant act globaly if i dont start localy, right?
    best regards, good luck to all of us, and remember: we’re all together, same boat
    a globalized hug from brasil!

    1. Great remark! This is NOT JUST ABOUT TURKEY guys! this is about demolishing environment for so called “development”, increasing social injustice, poverty, lack of freedom of expression, financial plunder etc. Thank you Turkish people for setting the example to the millions in the world for grassroots civil & peaceful change! STAY STRONG! KEEP YOUR CALM! UNITE! You need hold your breath to win this.

    2. I could NOT agree with you more!
      There ARE things that can be done, peacefully!
      We are being surpressed the world over and so is our knowledge and our values and our desires are being ignored by governments, councils and the like. Yet some still seem ignorant and others still believe in this “progress” capitalism is spreading. I am beginning to realise that in fact the biggest evils in all this world are GREED and APATHY! There is a small amount of people running this world and keeping us clueless slaves furthers whatever the hell it is they’re aiming for…
      and is it possible, Gabriel that you are wrong?
      We percieve that we individually can make a difference and it must begin locally but could this be a myth or an attitude irrelevant to the current global situation which we seem to be facing?
      Maybe the answer is not to be individuals-for that is where are always being pushed?
      So the opposite of these things then leads us where?

  194. Please know that CNN has been covering the situation here in the U.S. too. I wish you safety, strength and hope. I can see why you love your park! It reminds me of Central Park in New York. A beautiful place to enjoy the trees in the middle of the city. I’m so sorry, and I will share your message.

  195. I am a canadian citizen from Quebec Province. Last year, our students and our people of all ranges of life demonstrated during more than 6 months protesting agains the raise in students loan, tuition etc. We also demonstrated against our government corruption. Therefore, I understand you point and I will share your blog on my facebook page and where ever I can post it. Take care. Please keep us informed.

  196. Wow thank you for sharing. I visited your beautiful city in 2001 and had no idea.

    Thank you and please keep writing.

    Steve Parr
    victoria, British Columbia, Canada

  197. Thank you for sharing. Very well written and compelling. Will pass your word on. Keep your spirits up!
    Johanna, Sweden

  198. I guess the government has been corrupted. Money spoke. The balance of nature has yet again been destroyed. I hope your government opens their eyes. I’m sure there are still some honest politicians who have voice. I hope they fight for it.

  199. I’m sharing it too. I’m from Poland and I met few turkish girls during their study (Erasmus) here in Poland. They wanted freedom too 🙂