Turkish people’s resistance against governmental authoritarianism


This 2011 video is called Birds in Svalbard (Spitsbergen) and Lapland.

While I went to Svalbard in the Arctic, the rest of the world did not stand still.

Eg, Turkey.

This video about Turkey, recorded in the USA, says about itself:

4 June 2013

Noam Chomsky chanting one of the signature slogans of the Gezi Park resistance.

The word ‘capulcu’ on the slogan at the back means ‘looter’ in English. Turkish PM Erdogan referred to tens of thousands of protesters on the streets all over Turkey as “a bunch of looters”.

See also here.

People there started to resist against governmental plans to destroy the only park in central Istanbul, Gezi park, in the name of “economic development”. Then came harsh police repression. Then, the movement expanded, also outside Istanbul and against other government policies.

One may hope this will hinder the Turkish government in stoking war and sectarianism in Syria along with other governments; which threatens Lebanon, Iraq and the Caucasus as well.

Turkey’s ruling AK Party dismissed calls for early elections on Saturday as tens of thousands of people defied Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s call for an immediate end to protests: here.

Turkish protests grow as Erdogan calls counter-demonstrations: here.

Greek solidarity with Turkish demonstrators: here.

Patras: 1000 people in solidarity with the Turkish uprising: here.

To All My Friends in Turkey, by Roger Waters: here.

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