People in Istanbul are on the streets, fighting repression and capitalist expansion and destruction. The police is using teargas, fire, watercanons and sheer violence to intimidate them. They are burning their drums, hoping that they would silence the angry voices of the protesters. In response, people are shouting even louder, and banging on pots and pans. We stand by our Istanbul comrades and add our shouts of anger against the violence of the police. Resistance knows no borders!
Here is a message from Istanbul about the recent events:
Dear friends all around the world,
something brave and significant is happening in Istanbul, Turkey.
A late blooming Occupy wave one might call it.
Citizens tired of a bullying government with its corrupt management of public spaces and reckless abuse of land are coming together to protect a public park in the heart of the Istanbul which is under the threat of being demolished so the 94th shopping mall can be built in its place. People are holding in spite of the brutal attacks by the police (today’s attack was at 5am in the morning one shall point out! including tear gas bombs, burning the tents, hospitalizing a person…). It is the 3rd day now, more than 10,000 people have gathered in the park!
Meanwhile, public spaces are being sold to hotels, precious ecosystems are being wasted for more industry, power plants, 3rd bridge over Bosphorus!
This has become a matter about more than just saving trees. This is an ‘I can do whatever I damn well want’, fascist mentality that not only supresses but attacks its own people.
To make matters worse, media channels are being censored so as not to display the news.
#direngeziparki is now the 2nd worldwide trending topic on Twitter.
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