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|We Need Your Solidarity With #OccupyGezi Now!
by Barış Yıldırım
Turkey's PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (now aka Recop Tazyik Gazdoğan, a pun on the PM's name and the Turkish words for "truncheon," "water cannon," and "teargas") issued an ultimatum at a so-called local election kickoff rally in a suburb of Ankara, which everybody knew was an attempt to counteract #OccupyGezi.
Only a few hours later, Turkish police, working as the PM's official militia, launched a brutal attack on Gezi Park. At this moment (in the earliest hours of June 16) Taksim Square and vicinity are under heavy teargas bombardment. Police are repeatedly attacking Divan Hotel, a part of which has been used as a makeshift medical facility. Many, including children and old people, are injured and being choked on gas. Many also report that police are using a chemical that burns the clothes and skin of people.
Some pieces of news circulating on social media and a few national media:
And yet the Governor of Istanbul calls this "a neat intervention, which doesn't even necessitate the word 'intervention.' Only 29 are slightly injured." However, the number of makeshift medical facilities alone probably far exceeds 29. @ayagakalktaksim reports a woman (Elif) lost her eye during one such "intervention." Police are using rubber bullets and aiming them directly at heads.
At the very moment I'm typing these words, all of Turkey have begun to stand up even as Taksim and Gezi Park had been "cleared" of protestors.
Whenever they attacked, they were defeated. Whenever they stooped lower, we stood up stronger and increased in number. We can defeat this attack, too, with more solidarity from you.
We need your solidarity -- in all forms and all languages!
Follow Barış Yıldırım on Twitter @prometeatro and @yazilama.