Jun 112013
 

Posted by SnakeArbusto and greydogg, 99GetSmart

Rioting police shooting at protesters in Taksim Square this morning

Rioting police shooting at protesters in Taksim Square this morning

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

Here is a report on the events in Turkey for morning of 11-6-13:

This morning the mayor of Istanbul declared that there would be a “cleaning” operation of Taksim square, for which the barricades would be lifted. Early in the morning thousands of riot police and tens of TOMA (riot control vehicles) surrounded Taksim area from all sides, namely Gumussuyu, Tarlabasi and Harbiye entrances of the square.

This time, the operation felt a bit different as it started much later than previous “dawn operations,” at 7 a.m., and there was a live broadcast from all stations starting from 6:30. The feeling from behind a screen was the one of a very well established scene for the eyes of millions aiming to get their morning news when commuting to work or simply having breakfast in their homes. TOMAs and dozers marched before thousands of riot police forces, while the mayor kept tweeting, asking the protesters to remain in Gezi Park area of the square and they would be spared from any intervention.

The joyous atmosphere of the last few days of Taksim square hosting hundreds of thousands of people in festive manner was disturbed when the police started shooting smoke gas, tear gas and blast bombs unannounced in the middle of the square. Thousands retreated from the square to the park area, and then a group of people came in with masks on their faces and supposedly guns and wireless devices used by police only. The group started throwing Molotov cocktails towards the police, not hitting anyone but only crashing bottles on the ground causing flames to burst from behind a shield, upon which police started shooting teargas and smoke gas everywhere, even the empty spaces. When the peaceful protesters completely retreated to Gezi Park and only the presumed undercover policemen and the riot police were left in the square, one of the TOMAs caught fire, even though they have a special fire-resistant surface that can put out a fire quickly.

Police forces surrounded the Taksim monument (which is of historical importance for all protesters in Turkey), then began the “cleaning” session – which was only applied to leftist flags and banners. As one might remember, the day before, an AKP adviser had said “we are open to negotiate terms of ending the protests with those in the park, as long as the representatives are not of Alevi faith or a leftist person.” The police replaced leftist banners and posters with Turkish flags, aiming to split the unified resistance of all sides between left and right, which would weaken the hand of the resistance representatives in a supposed meeting tomorrow. For the last two days, government officials have been falsely declaring that certain groups have called off the protest on TV, upon which a spokesperson from that group declared that there is no such cancellation of protests and that they would resist until the government’s riot police stop attacking peaceful protesters with excessive force and aiming directly at them.

Concerning the destruction of Gezi Park, the court had declared that the demolition process, and moreover construction of any kind of historical or modern building on the site, is against the law, as the protection of the area goes beyond these limits; to which the government had replied that since the governing party had received the support of 50% in last elections, the justice system cannot continue to suppress general mentality by use of words, and should comply with the mainstream understanding in interpreting the law. A big group of lawyers protested this statement in the Istanbul Courthouse, and were charged by police outnumbering the lawyers by five times, were arrested, and remain in custody.

As it is the day of the parliamentary party groups’ meeting, PM Erdogan gave a speech at his group, restating that the demolition plans are appropriate and no matter what this situation may lead to, his plans shall be carried out. By diverging from the democratic approach, he declared all protesters (5 million occupiers and millions of others who support them in different times of the day) to be “terrorists” and “enemies of the state.” This in his eyes perhaps constructs a casus belli for this unlawful and inhumane raid against peaceful protesters who were basically defending their right to breathe fresh air in the middle of the city and reading books, making music, being creative in the most liberal atmosphere that has ever existed in this part of the world.

Currently, as these lines are being concluded, the police forces have started penetrating into the park area, throwing smoke gas and shooting teargas on people, although the governor had declared there would be no intervention in the park area and only a cleaning team would take care of “a few dirty bags and pieces of cloth” from the square – referring to the left parties’ banners.

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Istanbul’s Taksim Square: riot police move in on protesters

Turkish riot police in dawn raid clear Taksim Square of protesters

Cops deployed at Turkey’s Taksim Square use tear gas to oust protesters

Turkish Police Move Past Barricades

Illegal teargas shot at protester’s face in Turkey! #direngezi

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Jun 112013
 

Posted by SnakeArbusto and greydogg, 99GetSmart

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

Here is the nightly report on the events in Turkey for 10-6-13:

Today’s most important development has been the artists and actors reading out a press release concerning their lives. Several government-leaning media sources have been scapegoating many different groups over the last couple of weeks, but the noted actors and actresses have received the lion’s share in the blame game.

One particular newspaper showed the example of MiMinör, a dystopian theatrical play by Meltem Arikan, with leading roles acted out by Memet Ali Alabora and Pinar Ogun.  The three people have been very involved with Green and environmentalist movements, alongside many other famous intellectuals and celebrities. While it is almost a “must” to side with environmentalist and animal rights movements for celebrities, the newspaper Yeni Safak went one step ahead to put the blame on the play, stating that it was a try-out for the civilian coup to topple the government.

In the play, there is an oppressive ruler (Mr. Alabora) who holds every channel of communication and control of a government under siege and infrequently sells “freedom of speech” to those who can afford it. It is a play focusing on a popularly elected government turning oppressive, in great detail. While the play focuses on generation of public approval, there is a victimized pianist (Ms. Ogun) trying to prove her existence in society and encouraging an insurgence against the oppressors through social-media engagement.

The conspiracy theorists of the government see this as a parody of Erdogan’s rule, comparing him to the ruthless dictator portrayed in the play. Reacting to the blame aimed at the cast of the play, the artists felt the necessity to organize a press conference to declare publicly that their lives are in danger. The artists noted that they are going to ask for police protection against possible attacks from fanatics.

The mainstream media’s stand has not changed, still broadcasting and printing in the way that the government wants; it is hard to change position when one is bound organically and economically to the government. The few opposition voices in the print media will perish with the new regulations on alcohol restrictions being approved by President Gül, making it illegal for alcohol companies to sponsor print media (35% of the revenues of many print newspapers that employed opposition voices came from alcohol ads).

As rumors spread that AKP youth organizations are registering to become part of the riot police forces, the peaceful resistance keeps their stand in the parks and squares, numbering an approximate 5 million every night. Upon the news of 6 policemen committing suicide due to remorse at the attitude shown the last 10 days, regular police groups also felt the necessity to call for restraint. The last development of the day was the police union’s call to the Prime Minister asking him to keep his promises and respond to several demands. The demands can be seen here: http://radicaldemocrat.blog.com/2013/06/10/demands-of-the-turkish-police-union-from-pm-erdogan/

As PM Erdogan stated earlier that there is an end to his patience and that anyone who has been in supportive attitude towards these protesters, there is rising tension that there might be another crackdown in Gezi Park. Right next to these worries is the cheerful festive atmosphere of the park and an explosion of creativity in many fields, showing representative examples from every aspect of the park-commune now:

MORE STORIES by Gürkan Özturan @ http://radicaldemocrat.blog.com

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Nightly report from Turkey 07-06-13 @ http://99getsmart.com/nightly-report-from-turkey-07-06-13/

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Jun 092013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

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

Opinion of individuals from the ground are very important in such occasions. While the national and world media usually either does not represent or misrepresents the news, it is the people on the street tweeting and writing blogs, putting up videos that will really tell the world about this revolution. Some people find resemblances of the events in Istanbul and other cities to Tunisia, Libya, Egypt etc, yet the only common point is the organizational style (which is still the same in Iran, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Spain,etc…) as it is the most commonly used method of communication today, the social media.

Turkish spring may actually be a Turkish summer, a step ahead spring; yes many people are against the failing system, people ask for a better democracy and more respect to human rights including recognition of all rights (be it minority rights, environmental rights, animal rights, etc). The one common denominator today is that people are asking not only for immediate cease to destruction of environment but also new faces, new ideas, new working system, in order to prevent any future concentration of power – which, in the long run, harms the “others” of the system.

For long years, the mainstream’s “others” have been the Greeks, Armenians, Kurds, Islamists, Alevites, and most recently the Republicans … (alongside may other identities). The day has come to the point where there is no individual left without a rancour against the system that declared him/herself as an enemy. While population in general is uneasy about the developments of recent years, most people were abiding by the system simply because there was no way out for them.

The Media

The bosses have to stand on the side of the government in order to operate in the country or in export / import related businesses. This part is beyond corruption; as government reserves the power of Treasury at her disposal, whenever a boss deviates from the major-plans for the government and give chance to opposition voices in media or other platforms, officials of the treasury raid the accountants of that particular businessperson and write a fine of billions of euros. AfterAydin Dogan was made an example of, no other media-king could ever allow opposition voices be heard on TV, and smaller media-only businesses were fined for any reason. While most businesses in Turkey might still be non-compliant with EU regulations and standards, it was especially the non-governmental businesses that were forced the most, and in this situation of inequality, only government-friendly businesses would grow and get bigger.

Over the years, most media barons left their business to government related business people and the situation was the absolute silence we have seen throughout, if not for the disinformatary broadcast, accusing the protesters of crimes committed by undercover policemen, events that took place years ago and directly turning prime minister’s accusations into “facts”. Moreover, as most of the country does not use internet, a seriously dangerous number of people still have no idea what has been going on and why. The only thing they see on the news usually is “the terrorists that we have always known, this time in our city center”.

In the event of this camera being pulled away to have a clearer focus on the penguins of Antarctica, the Turkish penguins were marching on the streets and defending their rights peacefully, until the police raided in an all-out-attack. It is seriously worrisome because the reporters were told that if they broadcast or report anything that would harm government’s credibility, they would lose their jobs; the police were told that if they cannot stop the protests with all they have, at whatever cost, they would lose their jobs. Also the police being manipulated into losing their minds is another factor in this violence; as serious psychological games are in place to control their behavior and make them more violent towards protesters (see the nightly report from 9-6).

So, in that sense, the only real representation of the events would be clearly from the street, and unlike media reporters from various backgrounds, tweeters, bloggers, video-channel admins show the events as they see and their number brings about a significant accuracy to events. On the street there are many groups bringing live information to all of us, the socialists, communists, nationalists, anarchists, capitalists, greens, pirates, islamists, feminists, homosexuals, football fan-clubs (which have a completely deeper meaning than just the game in Turkey), all kinds of ethnic groups from Turks, Kurds, Armenians, Pontians, Greeks, Jews, Assyrians, Circassians, Bulgarians, etc. to international visitors and residents of Istanbul who are against all kinds of oppression and can stand with a univocal voice for liberties. The groups that were thought never to be able to stand facing each other without harming one another stood shoulder to shoulder, demanding a fair system where no one is marginalized by the mainstream and no “one” power can hold any other control mechanism hostage, simply by the voter support behind it.

What we have seen throughout the last decade in Turkey has been the failure of famous “checks-and-balances” through over-concentration of power, sacrificing democracy for the sake of prosperity (of a few). In the years to come, as this nation has seen the shortcomings of a neo-liberal authoritarian government’s deeds, people would not wait too long to once again voice their demands and put the last brakes on an uncontrolled force that might have taken over all guards against any kind of possible collapse, except for the hearts and minds of the people.

None could have imagined that a country so differentiated between several aspects of the society would unite so well and demand peace and liberty, and only around a green leaf that no longer covers the shame of oppressors.

MORE STORIES by Gürkan Ö. @ http://radicaldemocrat.blog.com

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Nightly report from Turkey 07-06-13 @ http://99getsmart.com/nightly-report-from-turkey-07-06-13/

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Jun 082013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

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

Here is the nightly report on the events in Turkey for 8-6-13:

During the day, the prime minister’s remarks at the EU-Turkey meeting have caused much humor among protesting crowds, as his credibility and legitimacy has already faded into darkness after his attitude and rhetoric were proven to be completely different over the last few weeks. As he kept insisting on demolishing all the buildings that were constructed in the early years of republic around Taksim, he kept referring to how they would build a complex for all the people to enjoy with many trees in it and a place where all people could have nice time – within the limits of state morality.

He kept referring to protesters as vandals, plunderers and terrorists, even though it is well documented that in absence of police there is completely no violence, no harassment or any kind of disturbance. The women’s organizations and LGBT communities have been declaring that they had never felt so safe in Taksim before and added the only thing missing from the square is police and the so-called 50% that Erdogan thinks still support him.

After last night’s big street rallies organized by AKP in Istanbul, several people of different backgrounds (lawyers, artists, and many other professions) were complaining that they were accused of organizing a political protest under the cover of an environmentalist one, while it was actually the government herself organizing an AKP rally at 1am, disturbing public peace by making people cheer, shout and honk the car horns on streets in the middle of the night until morning. While peaceful protesters were being beaten up, gassed, chased and ran over by panzer, and shot by water cannons, the supporters of AKP were not even warned even though they were causing much disturbance. And they were even encouraged by the party officials to continue cheering as it was found out that the AKP youth organizations were forcing people to show up at political rally at 1am by sending thousands of sms text messages, telling people “those that fail to participate in the rally, will face organizational consequences”.

Apart from the declarations and speeches by government officials, the day was also important for having received delegation from EU, especially presence of Stefan Fule was important. Because there were EU officials, the police were extra careful about not interfering with anyone. Only after nightfall, the police started raiding the protesters in Ankara and Gazi Mahallesi in Istanbul.  Actually when I am writing these lines I have just received a message stating that one person, Murat Cetinkaya (19), was severely wounded after a police attack in Gazi Mahallesi in Istanbul during protest.  At this moment, while I am still typing, the clashes still continue as police raids many streets in the district severely. The district had been the home of a big uprising in 90s as well when the government had called military help to sustain the situation and suppress the uprising.

In terms of the visits of Mr. Fule, I can say that there was a missing point in his visits that he was guided to visit during the most peaceful hours. Obviously no one would order the police to raid the peaceful protesters before the eyes of a European official, but a visit could have been made instantly, without earlier notification. While resistance might have taken a much festive atmosphere in many parts, there are still many others being oppressed at the moment. And many others in much smaller cities that are sensing that they are losing national support for them and that Gezi Park was the sole reason for rising up against the police state.

Gazi Mahallesi clashes still continue and it is also rocked by the fact that certain health personnel do not wish to serve in these areas or help protesters. Some health personnel act with political motivations across country and deny health-reach to protesters in need while their urgent needs are supplied by volunteers.

Another important aspect of the day was the reflections put forward by the “teacher” of PM Erdogan, the leader of the Gulen movement; that the brains of youth should have been controlled much better from early childhood and handled with care. And he continued to add that if these people protesting were human beings, they would have protested in peace and then went back home to organize an opposition movement to participate in the next elections (disregarding the fact that the protesters were occupying Gezi Park mainly because the government had decided to demolish it at 1 am while the court had ruled against demolishing plans).

One last note of the day could be on the media. It is absurd to see several newspapers appearing with the exact same headline and same photos for today. They are publishing identical stories without any credit for protests and full support of Erdogan. While most papers and the TV stations rely on the support of government-linked businesspeople and they can not risk their existence by reporting pro-protest stories. They will simply not report or write disinformation stories about protests which leave a harmed public opinion. It is also a pity that the foreign press is focused on Istanbul centers and very seldom Ankara; while most violent clashes at the moment continue in other smaller cities and there is no other solution to this than foreign press employing Turkish reporters (or perhaps employing the citizen journalists from the field and using their tweets perhaps?).

Main problem behind media’s ignoring the events or misinformant reporting is “approval generation” for the government perhaps but there is also an even deeper problem called “shadow violence” by which I mean the police being uncontrolled (as cctv cameras get turned off when police raids a district) and in absence of media reporting or cameras showing police also easily blocks the road for ambulances and prevent the wounded protesters receiving healthcare by volunteering health workers and ambulances.

While all these events are going on, TVs and newspapers still try hard in generating public opinion, and deputies of AKP keep blaming protesters for all the violence unleashed by the riot police squads. As they keep denying responsibility, the protesters actually get marginalized by a very fanatical group, which is ready to crash protesters and already claim the lives of those occupying Gezi Park. The city security council of Istanbul had gathered today and decided no interference to occupation until only Monday …

These were the events of the night …

MORE STORIES by Gürkan Ö. @ http://radicaldemocrat.blog.com

YESTERDAY’S UPDATE: 

Nightly report from Turkey 07-06-13 @ http://99getsmart.com/nightly-report-from-turkey-07-06-13/

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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

Feb 032013
 

Posted by Elias Theodoropoulos, 99GetSmart

The Greek rioting police blatantly tried to hide the fact that they tortured four arrested anarchists with ridiculously bad photoshopped photos:

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Regarding Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, one of the four arrested and tortured anarchists in Kozani via indymedia:

After contacting the parents of Bourzoukos Andreas-Dimitris, we wanted to inform you about the following:

All the detainees have been moved to the General Police Headquarters of Attica since Saturday February 2nd (very late in the evening).

In the morning the parents managed to get in contact with their children, as did their lawyers. Until then, the police denied all their requests.

They were given only 15 minutes at the 12th floor of the General Police Headquarters of Attica.

Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos was handcuffed to the chair during the whole time.

He informed us that in the cells where he was detained in Kozani he was handcuffed with his hands behind his waist. They placed a hood on his face, made him kneel and beat him for four hours on his head, his face and his stomach, and his hair was pulled out by force. This happened without any resistance from his part. They also threatened him and insulted him in a vulgar way. The consequences of these tortures were the following: blood in the urine, severe dizziness, headaches, swellings on his whole face, contusions on both eyes, bruises and ecchymoses everywhere.

His parents report that his face was non-recognizable and his voice altered from all the beatings at his jaw.

During the last three days he has only drunk bottled water, while his parents were not allowed to give him packaged food and juices.

All the above are not published in order to victimize the detainees, but in order to publicize the tortures and the “legal” violence of the state apparatus.

Despite everything, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos is strong, has kept his dignity and his morale is not shaken.

Power to the detainees.

Anarchist brought to police headquarters after being beaten by rioting police:

See more on this subject: 

Letter From the Anti-Fascist Militants Arrested in Athens on 03/9 and 1/10 @ http://99getsmart.com/?p=5123

For more news on Greece: 

THE TERRORISM OF ‘LAW AND ORDER’: READ / PHOTOS @ http://a-place-called-space.blogspot.gr/2013/02/the-terrorism-of-law-and-order.html

Jan 302013
 

Photography by Elias Theodoropoulos, DEMOTIX

Today in Athens, the government-of-the-regime showed their real face against the Greek people, the workers and the unions. Within the last couple of weeks, the rioting police and SWAT teams attacked the metro workers, the municipality workers and now the union PAME. Thirty-five workers, who were engaged in a symbolic occupation of the MInistry of Labor, were arrested and are being held at Police Headquarters.

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Jul 022012
 

By Yiannis Biliris

Τhe legacy of December, June and Syntagma square is still hard to assess. Future social struggles, however, are surely bound to approach it again, in order to understand and, finally, transcend it.

VIDEOhttp://vimeo.com/44812539

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VIDEO: ATHENS RIOTS 2-12-2012http://99getsmart.com/?p=2303

- ATHENS: THE BATTLE IN THE METRO: http://99getsmart.com/?p=2356

- DEBTOCRACY: A documentary film about the Greek economic crisis: http://99getsmart.com/?p=2266

- News from Athens via StopCartel Livestream 6-29-2012: http://99getsmart.com/?p=3813

- News from Athens via StopCartel Livestream 7-1-2012: http://99getsmart.com/?p=3849

SEE LIVE NEWS UPDATES FROM ATHENS – MONDAY – FRIDAY @ 10pm Athens time @ http://www.livestream.com/stopcarteltvgr

 

May 282012
 

 Video by @crankstrap

Images from the anti-NATO protests in Chicago — my own footage cut with a few videos I retrieved online, so a sincere thanks to everyone who independently documented this event and published their media. Special appreciation for circle takes the square and their song: “Non-Objective Portrait of Karma.” v

VIDEOhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6mvVqeO1-Y4