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Stop Violent Police Repression: The Second Great Mass Disobedience in Turkey


In my previous ZNet article dated 11th June, (see “Gezi Park Resistance in Turkey: Reasons, Lessons and Possible Consequences” at http://www.zcomm.org/gezi-park-resistance-in-turkey-reasons-lessons-and-possible-consequences-by-taylan-tosun-1) I tried to expose both the background motivations and the actual situation concerning Gezi Park resistance in Turkey. Today is 16th June and we are living through another popular uprising since last night. Turkish police are behaving significantly more harshly compared to previous events, using some means that can be classified as “chemical weapons” and some that are very serious human rights violations. That’s why I chose such a title.

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bold”>As I have noticed in my previous article “Gezi Park Resistance in Turkey: Reasons, Lessons and Possible Consequences” concerning the first massive protests which began on 30th May, I think that this second police intervention in Gezi Park was also the last straw that broke the camel’s back. This second massive protest and reaction is also against the one party dictatorship of the AK Party, which violates the basic human rights of large minorities in Turkey like Kurds, Alawites and increasingly restraining the sphere of freedom of the secular population.    

mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#111111;mso-ansi-language:EN-US”>police are refusing to acknowledge that they have people in custody following mass detentions carried out during the night in Istanbul. This of course causes concerns about ill treatment and even torture by police of the detained protestors. According to IA there are credible reports about ill treatment for those detained.  

http://www.amnesty.org/en/appeals-for-action/Turkey_Protests for signing the petition.

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normal;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>Turkey: End the incommunicado detention of Istanbul protesters” at
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/turkey-end-incommunicado-detention-istanbul-protesters-2013-06-16