May 032014
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

Today Barack Obama said: “We support the operation of the Ukrainian government …” Obama and Merkel also talked about the need to impose more sanctions … on Russia.”

US/NATO fascists are bringing new “EURO” values to Ukraine … today in Odessa, tomorrow, your city. The west pretends that hardly anything worth noting happened and the US-funded Kiev junta and its media say that they “smoked them out well,” referring to the 38 antifascists burned alive in a building set on fire by the Ukrainian fascists today.

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READ @ http://rt.com/news/156480-odessa-fire-protesters-dead/

More violence in Slavyansk: http://rt.com/news/156584-right-sector-deaths-ukraine/

Sep 262013
 

Posted  by www.uneditedmedia.com

A story about perspective on childhood:

A friend I’ve known for over a decade, whose indigenous to the lands I now call home, saw this high school kid fall off his bicycle. The kid fell backwards, and his helmet slipped towards  his nose. My friend, whose recent birthday inched him towards forty, said he watched the  EMT’s lift this teenager into an ambulance and hoped he was ok. Later we learned the kid died, and this big brown man’s voice quivered, “Oh no,” He tipped against the wall and started obbing. He wept at this complete strangers death. I watched unsure of how to react and just told him I was there for him. A few hours later he walked up and hugged me, said, “I’m sorry. Where I’m from, so many young people die.

I recently visited the Pine Ridge Reservation to witness and stand on the side of the Lakota people who’d invited us. They invited us as allies and take part in an ongoing struggle against Whiteclay, NE. Before getting into the flesh of that struggle, there are things I need to share, things think we must be look at, and try to understand before reaching the actions. See, there are facts, little factoids you learn about place when you’re there. Sometimes about death and addiction. Statistics, and they mean nothing. It’s hard to grasp a % of a thing, when you’re not in the thing. You’re not the one living it.

Pine Ridge Reservation statistics:

Lakota people have the lowest life expectancy in America.

* Life expectancy for men 48, 52 for women. Lowest reported 45 years of length life.

USA= 77.5 years of average lifespan.

* Teenage suicide rate is 150% higher than the U.S. average for teens.

* The infant mortality rate is the highest on this continent

300% higher than the U.S. national average.

* The death rate from alcohol-related problems on the Reservation is 300% higher than the remaining US population.

* Alcoholism affects 8 out of 10 families.

We heard these numbers as we crossed onto the Pine Ridge reservation. These death and alcohol statistics became more comprehendible as we listened to uncountable stories of known and recently dead: Cousins and siblings– relative upon relative, from car accidents, and acts of drunk random violence. Liver cirrhosis. Died from alcohol. I listened while on Pine Ridge, and everyone had stories, and lists of their known dead. The pizza hut worker who hated Whiteclay, whose brother died of cirrhosis, of alcoholism. A 35 year old women, who lived the streets of Whiteclay, who’d slur at me that she knew it was bad. That Whiteclay had to go, that her father died there. But we ran into her after she’d made the 2 mile trek to Whiteclay, NE from the Pine Ridge Reservation. My trip to the reservation wasn’t only to learn about the history of Whiteclay, NE, but also to listen to stories from the people who struggle against Whiteclay, and called the Pine Ridge reservation home.

We arrived to the Lakota’s homelands by crossing an imaginary border out of Nebraska, into what I’d learn wasn’t the Pine Ridge Reservation to the Lakota who invited us, but was really POW camp 344.

9646058461_534396c208This name referencing the tribal identification number assigned them by the federal government. We were told that each reservation, and thus tribe was assigned a numeric sequence to attach them to the lands their people were now isolated too. While the story of POW camp 344 is far too large for this small article, let it be known that I heard stories of warriors that once fought the Unite States government, and won victories. The Lakota warriors even decimated one of United States armies in the field. Warriors vs Soldiers.

Know that the stories shared with us came from a people that the United States government practiced “Total War” against, as they practiced against all tribes. Total War is what Germany did as it bombed London into rumble. It’s what the United States did when it vaporized Hiroshima with the atom bomb. Total War means that United States soldiers openly and purposely killed everyone. Infant, to elder, no limit to where to aim a bullet, but only to aim it at whatever breathed, that looked indigenous, that was brown. The Lakota’s experience with the United States government echoes at Wounded Knee located 18 miles north east of Whiteclay, NE.

9868474823_9c629778f0Where, the United State continued its practice of unfettered lies to indigenous people, and gathered them under a peace flag, and massacred the Lakota around their cooking fires. It’s reported that after the gunfire died down the soldiers called to the children who hid amongst their recently massacred families. The United States promised the children safety through voiced promises of the uniformed US soldiers. The children eventually came out of their hiding places. The United States shot the children dead.

This is part of the history of the Lakota people imprisoned in POW camp 344. See, if I understand it correctly, the Lakota people were a real threat to the United States, the Lakota warriors and leaders fighting for their way of life. Understand that after the United States confined the Lakota into POW camp 344, they tore the children from their families. The United States forced them into schools to learn how to be white, or western, or whatever you want to call it. These schools did their best to beat out the Lakota’s culture and traditions. The history of boarding schools is also one too deep and dark for me to be able to work through here, but it must be understood that, not only did the United States murder these people, but also did it’s best to destroy their cultures and traditions, and it seems the United States did it out of fear and while there learned this process of elimination continues through Whiteclay, NE.

What I witnessed in against Whiteclay, NE, was a moment of a struggle in a struggle that’s continued for centuries. It’s a struggle against the US government that fears a people, for their abilities to fight back, so much so, that it’s done everything to decimate them. We were told that this place of Whiteclay, NE was placed there on purpose, by the United States government, the same government who massacred the Lakota, who tore children out of their families and forced these kidnapped children into reeducation schools. The Lakota stated simply that Whiteclay, NE’s sole purpose for existing was to ensure that the Lakota never came together. It poisoned them. That Whiteclay’s sole purpose was to funnel alcohol into Pine Ridge. The Lakota aren’t the only one who believes so, the chair of the US Commissioner on Civil rights Mary Frances Berry said that Whiteclay, NE “only exists to sell beer to the Oglala Lakota,” on Pine Ridge Whiteclay, NE, sits 2 miles south of POW camp 344′s biggest city of Pine Ridge. Pine ridge’s population 3,308. Whiteclay’s population sits at 14. Whiteclay was created in1904 by an illegal executive order by President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt’s feelings towards indigenous peoples are summed by this quote, “I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn’t like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.” Before that Roosevelt’s illegal executive order a 50 mile buffer zone between POW camp 344 and the United States had been negotiated with Lakota elders. This buffers sole purpose was to create a barrier between the people, and illegal alcohol peddlers.  Roosevelt eliminated that barrier, breaking treaties by not consulting tribal elders and leaders, of that buffer zone. Whiteclay, NE was created. The first businesses that moved onto these stolen lands were liquor stores. Four of which operate today.

The liquor stores which serve the 14 person population of Whiteclay sell an average of 13,000 cans of beer a day, most of which gets bootlegged north to Pine Ridge. I went there before the march and days of actions wearing a small yellow flower on my lapel. I was warned to bring something from a good place . I was told I should leave the item there as a way to protect myself. I’m not spiritual or religious, but when I rolled into that town I wore a small yellow flower on my lapel. I brought the flower from a place we camped, where the owner of the land told us he hated Whiteclay. His father’s last words as he succumbed to liver cirrhosis were used only to beg to be taken back to Whiteclay, NE for a drink. I picked that yellow flower from what I was told was a good place.

The town itself seemed out of place and I reflected later that it seemed lost. I wore my yellow flower and was approached by the local street folk, a gathering of Lakota who spent their days begging for change, and hoping for alcohol. They rose up and screamed at me. I watched my Lakota allies talk to them and it was hard to watch as they tried to interact with this group of their own people, who drunkenly begged at the doors of these liquor stores. The drunks said for us to get out, that there was no more warriors left. It was their land, and that all they wanted was change for another can. One of our Lakota allies looked down, angry or sad, it was hard to tell, but I heard him say, “No, no we’re, right here. The warriors are coming back. ” I left the flower attached to the pole of a street sign.

9868474323_dc464d9f7bThe warriors did come back in the following days with the allies they’d invited. We walked Whiteclay, NE with Lakota warriors for two consecutive days. The warriors armed with their bodies and strong hearts. Lakota warriors stepped in front of Police officers as the officers tried to break up people blockading liquor store doors.

9694276464_91d5e76c61The warriors intercepted drunks who tried to approach, or attack their allies who come to support them. The Warriors turned a corner and 2 beer trucks made quick U-turns and retreated out of the town. For 2 days Whiteclay’s alcohol sales were disrupted. The bar owners turned to recruiting drunks off the street for protection, the police walked us out on the last day intermingled with a line of Lakota alcoholics. Our allies told us, that people need to understand that Alcoholism was a sickness, and never was it so apparent to me than seeing that line of intermingled police and drunks urging us back across the line.

9691038607_4199c7be7eI’ve left POW camp 344, but the Lakota live on there in their struggle. I’m left with the stories and memories resounding in my head and heart. A young women in fatigues telling me that she had been forced into the role of a warrior. That all the men were alcoholics now and so that she had to fight. I’m left with the words of one of the Lakota organizers of the Women’s Peace March. She said that Whiteclay, NE was created to funnel alcohol to the Lakota people”. That the United States government was still waging war on the Lakota through liquid genocide.” That for her people the epicenter for this battle continues to be Whiteclay, NE.

Whiteclay NE, sit’s 200 yards from POW camp 344. A camp ravaged by alcohol, by alcohol related death. Two hundred yards from a peoples’ land who the United States government feared so much, they lied to them under peace flags, and slaughtered them with bullets and cannon. Massacred them with uncountable broken promises. Feared them so much that they tried to organize a way to beat the Lakota out of these people, to break their connections to their history, and traditions. The United States feared the Lakota so much that they broke treaties and promises to elders and took away an agreed on buffer zone to funnel liquid genocide onto the reservation. The Lakota have faced generations of these continued assaults.

The day I left I was taken aside by one of the women organizers of the first days peace march. She looked at me and said, “the first generation is coming of age to not be forced into boarding schools.”The second generation removed from these forced reeducation camps is up and coming.” I stood side by side these generations of Lakota warriors, who unarmed, were able to disrupt the poisoning of their people for two days. I think back to a sign I saw on the edge of Whiteclay, NE which stated, “A sober Lakota is a dangerous Lakota.” Dangerous only to the forces trying to make sure they can’t fight back. Because when they do, like those few days. They win.

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Jun 292013
 

Posted by SnakeArbusto and greydogg, 99GetSmart

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Submitted by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan, from Istanbul

Update from Turkey 28-06-13:

The problem currently facing Turkey that has been the most harmful and has the longest background has been the conflicts with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party). A major attempt at a solution had been the “Peace Process” that gave hope to millions across the country. Although the government had taken steps in negotiating a peace process with PKK, mobilizing the wise people across the country and promising peace for future, in the meantime more police “fortresses,” under the name of border outposts (far away from any borderline) have been constructed.

While the people of southeastern cities have been against the fortified police posts, the constructions had been going on throughout the process. There are claims that they were being built because the construction companies that won the tendering belonged to AKP members.

The history of the fortresses is infamous, especially among the Kurdish population and the leftists in the region, as they have been home to several mass graves for dozens of people in the last three decades, as well as occasional “accidental” shootings of people. In 1993, the town of Lice had been completely burned down by counter-terror teams and many people had “disappeared”.

While regional security is something the state needs to supply, when the people of the region do not feel secure with the presence of the state forces it is hardly achievable. As the Uludere massacre still remains to be investigated, and remembering that (as PM Erdogan stated) no soldiers would carry out any operation without his knowledge and on orders of the Minister of Interior, the Lice shootings caused further unease.

18 year-old Medeni Yildirim, killed by a bullet

18 year-old Medeni Yildirim, killed by a bullet in Lice.

When the construction of one such police post was being protested yesterday in Lice/Diyarbakir, national security forces fired on people, and an 18-year-old died and 10 were wounded, with three of them in critical condition. The bullet marks were in the backs of most of the people who were shot with bullets.

The local governor told the press that the security forces only opened fire shooting into the air and that civilians must have shot each other in order to put the blame on soldiers. The mainstream media gave the breaking news with the following headline: “Soldiers open fire in the air, one dead, 5 wounded.” Later on the mainstream media continued to refer to the local Governor’s and state officials’ statements describing the protesters as “terrorists” and saying that they attacked the soldiers.

If this terrible event had happened a month ago, the majority of the people in the west would have taken the word of state officials and mainstream media. Yet this time, the social media played a major role once again and the Gezi protesters mobilized and took to the streets to protest the bullets fired in Lice. While government officials declared this part of a conspiracy to end the peace process, the majority of the people on the streets seemed to have no problem with the Kurdish population in terms of civil peace.

Thousands of people marched till late hours in many western cities and showed their support for the people of Lice, including the nationalist groups that have stopped believing the news from the mainstream media. Even the former “hawks” of the nationalist groups have started using a more peaceful vocabulary. The ethnic Kurdish party BDP had already declared that the Kurds would soon take to the streets to demand acceleration of the peace process and a halt to construction of further military posts. Now it has already naturally joined in with the Gezi protesters in solidarity against state-instigated violence.

Banner reads: We want peace not war.

Banner reads: We want peace not war.

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Jun 282013
 

Posted by SnakeArbusto and greydogg, 99GetSmart

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Submitted by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan, from Istanbul

Update from Turkey 27-06-13:

Justice remains a long-lost dream for civilian people in Turkey. As rapists and murderers connected to government are protected, those who complain of injustice experience dawn raids on their homes, detention, torture, and arbitrary violence by the police.

As Gezi protests continue with additional subjects to be protested, such as the killing of Ethem Sarisuluk by police, excessive use of force, and arbitrary violence, government and other related official bodies continue to victimize civilians. Hundreds of people have been detained, dozens arrested during dawn raids across the country. In Izmir alone, more than 160 people have applied to official bodies with complaints of torture by police, while in Antalya there is even a video of 15 policemen beating three youngsters.

There is one special case, of a taxi driver in Istanbul who was beaten violently by several policemen, losing an eye, then thrown into a barricade fire. He could  hardly speak but said that he was simply in the neighborhood, returning home from work, parked his taxi, and police attacked him on the suspicion that he was a protester.

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As PM Erdogan, ministers, and other state officials continue to glorify police violence and the methods used against peaceful protesters, people feel insecure when police are around. The arbitrary violence continues to dominate streets, random ID checks, strip searches, and detentions for no apparent reason, or simply for wearing miniskirts/shorts for women.

While harassment becomes an integral part of police violence, nights still see police attacks against peaceful protesters in several cities and detainees still suffer maltreatment. There are people who support this kind of violence, from among AKP lines, ministers, policemen, or simply those who wish to see all protesters gone from their lives.

When people apply to courts to complain of harassment, maltreatment, torture, violence they hear the decision that the policeman who shot Ethem was released and they give up, simply because if the state protects the criminal for killing a civilian, they are scared to imagine what would happen to those who complain of step-before-death experiences.

Currently the most threatened group of people are those who write and distribute the news online, especially in foreign languages. A few days ago the Mayor of Istanbul had called for all social-media users with foreign languages to tell the world that everything is fine and Istanbul is safe now; the very same day PM Erdogan said “The time has come for those who write about Gezi to tell the world of the news.” Currently there are reports of people who have been posting online, writing blogs and microblogs. There is no official ban on any platform, and Twitter has refused to share information with the Turkish government.

However, there are many people who use their real names online and chances are high that they will face trouble for their support for the protests, or simply for journalism. As of this morning, Istanbul general police headquarters declared that they have started investigating all the tweets on the Gezi protests and will soon start action against those found guilty.

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Jun 212013
 

Posted by SnakeArbusto and greydogg, 99GetSmart

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Submitted by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan, from Istanbul:

Nightly report from Turkey 21-06-13

After a few days of non-reporting, here is a short summary and an update on the events going on in Turkey around the Gezi Movement.

After last week’s “final raid” by the police on Gezi Park, the park occupation by civilians has ended and the police occupation of the park has begun. This incident has been reported in almost all the mainstream print and visual media as “liberation of the park” with additional comments stating “now the park is the people’s, and everyone can enjoy it freely!” Except for the “liberation” of the park, there has been one other piece of “good news”: the terror instrument of German pianist Davide Martello – a piano – has been released from police confiscation – ironically reminding everyone of Nazi attacks against Polish violinists during WW2.

As legal promises have been given to protect the park by court decision, protesters no longer insist on the park and have been continuing their protest at a much higher level of intellectualism. While the officials have proven to be ineffective in solving people’s problems, one important word was spoken by Istanbul Governor Mutlu when he invited everyone to come talk to him in person at another park than Gezi, in Besiktas. Starting with this park-meeting, people have almost simultaneously decided to make this movement into a forum of civilians on streets, meeting in parks with open microphone, talking about all problems, aspirations, desires, demands and dreams they have.

For days these park forums have served as a truly democratic entity and enlightened many people on the democratic demands of the society. It has been a great opportunity for individuals to speak up for themselves without expecting “someone” else to take care of matters of freedom. However, the mentality that has targeted the “standing people,” and before that the peaceful protests, has come to the surface again, disturbing a completely peaceful park forum in the Yenikoy district of Istanbul.

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While hundreds of forum speakers had been in the park discussing the local problems and possible solutions for even larger problems of the community, according to the park community the district’s elected chief called some people to action and shortly there were about 20 men armed with knives attacking people and shouting the slogans PM Erdogan had used earlier during his speech in Mersin. This mob attack was not prevented by the police, nor was there police intervention even afterwards. The forum speakers had to investigate the situation themselves, and listed tweets from the attackers, although the same attackers later on deleted their Twitter accounts.

So far three people have been stabbed and have been hospitalized, and there are also two others who were slightly wounded. It is a pity that the local Governor and other responsible authorities of the state have so far done nothing about this attack against democratic processes. Knives, clubs and the PM’s slogans have really been the major obstacle to exercising democracy in recent days.

Not only was there a mob attack against forum speakers, but also there was yet another crackdown in the city of Mersin, where PM Erdogan was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Mediterranean Games, which turned into a major Turkic-fest. As non-AKP members could not find any tickets to this international event, the ceremony turned into a government show. As AKP youth organizations from neighboring cities joined in as viewers of the events, it was no wonder people in the streets could not find any tickets.

Many people had thought this kind of precaution would be taken by the government in order to avoid a repeat of the Galatasaray Stadium Crisis (thousands had chanted against Erdogan and whistled during the opening ceremony of the new GS stadium). This time, thousands had gathered in the city’s forum and started a peaceful protest, which police said would disperse. As people started a sit-in, the police intervention began and continued in a violent manner, again with water cannons, gas, and batons.

As police forces have also been complaining about the intensity of the situation, another surprise came to them; annual assignments and vacations have been cancelled for security forces. Due to the extremely hard conditions security forces are being forced to work under, there have been several policemen declaring nervous breakdowns and reporting depressive behavior and suggesting that they have been considering committing suicide.

While doctors, lawyers, journalists and standing people are being detained and violent government-linked mobs are spared any legal intervention, while individual policemen are being blamed for every act of violence rather than their superiors who give the orders and threaten them with firing, democratic civil resistance still continues and tries to spread the word. It might be the most important thing to do when facing angry government supporters who wish to silence all else and never let anyone talk in public unless the talk is in favor of the government. Civil society continues to use words, peace and their alternative plans for the development of society and their country.

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Jun 182013
 

Photography by Giorgos Panagakis, 99GetSmart

Thousands of people outside ERT all day to show their support

Thousands of people outside ERT all day to show their support

The front entrance of ERT at night

The front entrance of ERT at night

A protester wearing a t-shirt that reads, "ERT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE".

A protester wearing a t-shirt that reads, “ERT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE”.

A child's sign says, "No one should be unemployed."

A child’s sign says, “No one should be unemployed.”

"ERT will be their graves!"

“ERT will be their graves!”

A message of solidarity between Greeks and Turks is expressed in a banner

A message of solidarity between Greeks and Turks is expressed in a banner

A banner at the entrance of ERT says that ERT and Taksim Square have a lot in common.

A banner at the entrance of ERT says that ERT and Taksim Square have a lot in common.

A giant banner in the front of ERT building with the image of the famous Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis.

A giant banner in the front of ERT building with the image of the famous Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis.

A musician playing violin in support of ERT employees.

A musician playing violin in support of ERT employees.

Musicians playing music at the demonstration in support of ERT.

Musicians playing music at the demonstration in support of ERT.

Protest sign made by a Greek child

Protest sign made by a Greek child

Jun 022013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart.com

* THE STATEMENT OF TURKISH PROTESTERS (IN 19 LANGUAGES) #occupygezi #RESISTAKSIM

Source: Eagainst.com

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Attention! Turkish democracy needs you! 484754_666358540046311_679337380_n

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

Please share this message for the world to become aware of the police state created by AKP of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which is often considered to be a model for other Middle Eastern countries. Turkish democracy expects your help. Thank you!

READ @ http://eagainst.com/articles/occupygezi/

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Follow djvjgrrl on twitter for updates on actions worldwide @ https://twitter.com/djvjgrrl

A Place Called Space: The terrorism of the state @ http://a-place-called-space.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-terrorism-of-state.html?spref=tw

Violent Clashes in Turkey @ http://99getsmart.com/violent-clashes-in-turkey/

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* THE DAY THE PEOPLE OF TURKEY ROSE UP – IN PICTURES

By ROAR Collective, roarmag.com

Besiktas, June 1. Photo via Daniel Etter

Besiktas, June 1. Photo via Daniel Etter

Police forced to retreat from Istanbul’s Taksim square as protests against the authoritarian neoliberalism of Erdogan’s proto-Islamist government grow. [...]

READ / PHOTOS @ http://roarmag.org/2013/06/the-day-the-people-of-turkey-rose-up-in-pictures/

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* TURKEY: POLİS ŞİDDETİNİN BELGESİDİR (Certification of police violence)

Source: youtube

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxSFbYi7c1Q&feature=youtu.be

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* TURKEY: ANKARA KIZILAY TOMA Direnişciyi haince çarparken Ankara (A police truck/tank runs over a crouched protester hiding from a  water cannon blast.)

Source: youtube

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HmSwJEuFjxk

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* HALK POLIS KALKANLARINA EL KOYDU (Protesters confiscate police shields)

Source: youtube

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPQP3fQWTuQ

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CHEMICAL WARFARE

Source: Spanish Revolution

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Dear people,

A lot of things were going on yesterday. In Frankfurt, Blockupiers were coralled all day by a ridiculous amount of police without food and water, then charged for protesting. In London, thousands showed up for an antifascist demonstration. In 200+ cities in Spain and abroad people participated in the same old demonstrations against the troika. And in New York, over a thousand people descended on Zuccotti for a bit of Occupy Nostalgia.

That’s not even all of it. It doesn’t matter. The only thing that really counted, yesterday, was Turkey. Once again, all throughout the day and the night we have been trying to piece together what was going on. It was useless. A continuous torrent of rumours, pictures, exhortations, etc. And not enough streams. All I can do from here is try to give you the general outline.

The morning march across the Bosphorus was met with police brutality and tear gas. This went on for most of the day, around Istanbul, in particular in Besiktas, and elsewhere, in Izmir and Ankara. Taksim square was flooded by the people.

Reported internet jamming and power blackouts made it difficult to communicate what was happening. I can only guess how many people were wounded, but I won’t do so. In Ankara an armoured police vehicle charged the crowd at full speed. At least one man was allegedly kill when he was run over by a water cannon truck.

All day long, the people occupied Taksim. In the evening and the night, clashes continued around the country. From the side of the police it was all out chemical warfare on the population. The streets were littered with tear gas cannisters. The cities were shrouded in toxic vapours. Shortly, authorities must run out of stock. They have already been using tear gas that expired seven years ago, which makes it much more dangerous. Some of the gasses they used were orange. It caused hysteria in the social media, as the government was accused of using Monsanto’s infamous ‘Agent Orange’ to quell the protests.

During the night, once again there was city pan bashing in Istanbul. Heavy clashes were reported in Ankara and Izmir. Not for a moment have the people abandoned their streets to the police. When the morning broke, police was gone, but the people were still there. And as if to show their moral superiority, they began to clean the rubble from the streets themselves. The drizzle did the rest.

It was victory. Now for the cleanup of government. Prime minister Erdogan has ordered people to stop protesting at once. And the people have ordered him to resign. He is not their master, he is their servant. And he will be held accountable, and responsable, for all the suffering that authorities have caused in the past few days. The Turkish people are fed up of being tear gassed every time they express their dissent. Police brutality must end. [...]

READ / PHOTOS @ http://spanishrevolution11.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/chemical-warfare/

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THIS IS HOW WE UNITE! THIS IS HOW WE STRUGGLE!

Source: youtube

People in Istanbul prepare to fight with the police:

Taksim’i almak için daha çok fırın ekmek yemeniz lazım, Beşiktaş asla yılmadı, asla yılmayacak!

Taksim’i ASLA bırakmayalım arkadaşlar, istedikleri bu sonuçta; diğer noktalardan ise dimdik ayakta duran Beşiktaş’ımıza sürekli destek olalım, biz birlik oldukça asla istediklerini elde edemeyecekler!

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKv601khylM&feature=youtu.be

Jun 012013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

Via zerohedge:

Turkey has been cooking and today has broken into full-scale riots. As Reuters reportsTurkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Friday at demonstrators in central Istanbul, wounding scores of people and prompting rallies in other cities in the fiercest anti-government protests for years. The growing unrest centers on disquiet at the authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (who just visited Obama). “We do not have a government, we have Tayyip Erdogan … Even AK Party supporters are saying they have lost their mind, they are not listening to us.” The protests somewhat surprisingly were sparked by the uprooting of trees but rapidly escalated (as seen below) into riot police, water cannon, and tear gas battles as protesters exclaim, “we’re fed up… we don’t like the direction the country is heading.”

Via Reuters:

Thousands of demonstrators massed on streets surrounding Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, long a venue for political unrest, while protests erupted in the capital Ankara and the Aegean coastal city of Izmir.

The unrest reflects growing disquiet at the authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

There have also been protests against the government’s stance on the conflict in neighboring Syria, a tightening of restrictions on alcohol sales and warnings against public displays of affection.

“We do not have a government, we have Tayyip Erdogan … Even AK Party supporters are saying they have lost their mind, they are not listening to us,” said Koray Caliskan, a political scientist at Bosphorus University who attended the protest.

“This is the beginning of a summer of discontent.”

The protest at Taksim’s Gezi Park started late on Monday after trees were torn up under a government redevelopment plan but has widened into a broader demonstration against Erdogan’s administration. Friday’s violence erupted after a dawn police raid on demonstrators who had been camped out for days.

“This isn’t just about trees anymore, it’s about all of the pressure we’re under from this government. We’re fed up, we don’t like the direction the country is headed in,” said 18-year-old student Mert Burge, who came to support the protesters after reading on Twitter about the police use of tear gas.

“We will stay here tonight and sleep on the street if we have to,” he said.

But Erdogan brooks little dissent. Hundreds of military officers have been jailed for plotting a coup against him in recent years. Academics, journalists, politicians and others face trial on similar charges.

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“These people will not bow down to you” read one banner at the Gezi Park protest, alongside a cartoon of Erdogan wearing an Ottoman emperor’s turban.

Postings on social media including Twitter, where “Occupy Gezi” – a reference to protests in New York and London last year – was a top-trending hashtag, and Facebook said similar demonstrations were planned for the next few days in other Turkish cities including Ankara, Izmir, Adana and Bursa.

Photos from Turkey:

occupygezipic: State Radio building in Harbiye, near Taksim.

occupygezipic: State Radio building in Harbiye, near Taksim.

Ankarada binlerce kisi protokol yolunu trafige kapatti kizilaya yuruyor

Ankarada binlerce kisi protokol yolunu trafige kapatti kizilaya yuruyor

Masses of people are marching on Istiklal Street calling Prime Minister, T. Erdoğan for resignation. #occupygezipark pic.twitter.com/9fpBO1q0cK

Masses of people are marching on Istiklal Street calling for the resignation of Prime Minister T. Erdoğan. #occupygezipark

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ASLI TUNC  Protests on Istiklal Street in Istanbul as of now #occpygezipark #direngezipark

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Protests on Istiklal Street in Istanbul as of now #occpygezipark #direngezipark

For those who want too understand what is happening right now in Istanbul with #direngeziparkı #occupygezi

For those who want too understand what is happening right now in Istanbul with #direngeziparkı #occupygezi

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#violent clashes in Istanbul

#violent clashes in Istanbul

#violent clashes in Istanbul

the rioting police gassing their own people

The rioting police gassing their own people

Turkish rioting police use chemical weapons on peaceful protesters

Turkish rioting police use chemical weapons on peaceful protesters

a liberal use of water cannons against peaceful protesters courtesy of the rioting police

A liberal use of water cannons against peaceful protesters, courtesy of the rioting police

Rioting police throw tear gas canisters at peaceful protesters

Rioting police throw tear gas canisters at peaceful protesters

Protester helping a man knocked off his feet by a water cannon

Protester helping a man knocked off his feet by a water cannon

Rioting police in Turkey blast hundreds of demonstrators with teargas in attempt to disperse four-day protest against major construction project in Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square

Rioting police in Turkey blast hundreds of demonstrators with teargas in attempt to disperse four-day protest against major construction project in Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square

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Revolution in Istanbul:

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SOLIDARITY TO ISTANBUL!

SOLIDARITY TO ISTANBUL!

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May 262013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

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