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Dear friends, currently the mainstream global media is keeping an eye on Taksim, Istanbul. Thus, the police forces have backed off and they have remarkably scaled down the number of attacks against the protesters. However, in the meantime the police terror in Ankara as it is now is on a much larger scale compared to the very beginning of Istanbul attacks. Tear gas is relentlessly being thrown inside apartments, people are suppressed by plastic bullets, illegal custody and physical assault. Things have escalated quickly and the scale of these attacks are rapidly increasing.

We need to make benefit of social media once again to show the world what's going on in Ankara right now. Here is a message from the people of Ankara: ''We have supported the protesters of Istanbul from the beginning, and now it is your turn to support us and the rest of Turkey. This resistance is clearly not limited to Istanbul, it has taken over all of the country. The festive atmosphere in Istanbul is just a trick to fool global media and soothe off the masses, yet nothing has been accomplished yet and things have just started actually.''

Erdogan doubles down upon his return to Turkey:

In the first extensive public show of support since anti-government protests erupted last week, more than 10,000 supporters cheered Recep Tayyip Erdogan with rapturous applause outside Istanbul's international airport.

Despite earlier comments that suggested he could be softening his stand, Erdogan delivered a fiery speech on his return from a four-day trip to North Africa. "These protests that are bordering on illegality must come to an end as of now," he said...

Erdogan at times was almost drowned out by his supporters, part of the base that has helped him win three landslide elections. "God is Great," they chanted, and soon moved on to slogans referring specifically to the protesters in Taksim Square.

"Let us go, let us smash them," they shouted. "Istanbul is here, where are the looters?"


In a twist, Erdogan implied that bankers were also part of a conspiracy that was fuelling the protests. He added that the flames of dissent had been fanned by other groups too.
"Those who call themselves journalists, artists, politicians, have, in a very irresponsible way, opened the way for hatred, discrimination and provocation," he said.

See also

Protests in Turkey. Dark Clouds on the Horizon.

Turkey's PM to Gezi Protesters: You Radical Marxist Leninists Must Make Way for the Bulldozers.

Originally posted to jpmassar on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 09:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and More and Better Democracies.

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  •  Pastebin is a major tool (7+ / 0-)

    used by anonymous and other net activists for the release of information.

    I have used it myself.

    Verification is necessary of course, and so I would recommend we turn our attention to Ankara to see if we can verify this information.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 09:23:47 PM PDT

    •  I've no idea what a Pastebin is... (7+ / 0-)

      ...but if it speaks truth to power, I'm all for it. Let's hope the government in Turkey comes to it's senses and realizes that the MAJORITY of people are voting with their feet and support the demonstrations. The only violence seems to have come from the Turkish government.

      I hope for peace in Turkey and no loss of life.

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 09:37:22 PM PDT

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      •  A pastebin definition from Wikipedia (6+ / 0-)
        A pastebin is a type of web application where anyone can store text for a certain period of time. This type of website is mainly used by programmers to store pieces of source code or configuration information, but anyone can basically share any type of text. The idea behind pastebins is to make it more convenient for people to share large amounts of text online.
  •  Erdogan blames the Jews? (9+ / 0-)

    Is "bankers" a code word for Jews?

    It sure looks that way to me.

    Erdogan is getting very nasty.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 09:33:39 PM PDT

  •  news from a Turkish newspaper (5+ / 0-)

    Politics in Turkey is very complex. There were coups with murder and torture from 60's through the 80's and an attempted coup in the late 90' and another attempt in 2003. They became a country in 1923. Here are some snap shots from Turkey after a reminder of what has happened here in the US as the political class moves to support the oligarchy (remember when no one used the word oligarchy - how times change)

    remember when progressives in the US were called professional liberals by Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanual? That was walking away from the liberal tradition.

    An article on Turkey describes the dominant party AK and how they walked away from liberals.

    What has happened since 2010? First, in 2011 the parliamentary group was radically overhauled. A massive purge of those who were seen as more centrist and liberal occurred. Many who were critical in shaping the perception that the party was moving to the center in 2007 were expelled. Then the party congress in September 2012 completed the job by purging similar elements from the party's executive organs. The Turkish media initially reported that it was a purge of people close to President Abdullah Gül, but there was more to it.
    In April of this year, Aziz Babuscu, the powerful chairman of the İstanbul party organization, openly said the party was parting ways with Turkey's liberals. In the bluntest manner, he said that there was no longer a need for liberals with whom the AK Party cooperated to dissolve the first republic. Babuscu said: “Those with whom we were stakeholders throughout the past 10 years will not be our stakeholders in the coming decade. … Let us say the liberals, in one way or another, were stakeholders in this process, but the future is a process of construction. This construction era will not be as they [liberals] wish. Hence, they [liberals] will no longer be with us. … The Turkey that we will construct, the future that we will bring about, is not going to be a future that they will be able to accept.” .....
    Democrats, liberals and the AK Party
    No one saw the explosion of frustration coming, partly because young people have few outlets for their views, aside from the social media. Most of the pundits you hear analyzing current affairs on television are male and middle-aged (the latter applies to me, too, of course), and young people are rarely consulted on anything. No wonder the protesters feel no one has been listening to them.
    If the prime minister could set his own prejudices aside, he would see that while the protesters may not be the obedient children he expected, they belong for the most part to a vibrant and educated generation that cares passionately about the future of this country and want to contribute to it positively.
    Coming of age?
    Can a government that lacks a democratic mentality bring democracy to the country?
    Our answer to this question will possibly be “no” if we think social change can be understood via simple logical inferences. Life is, however, much more complicated. In countries like Turkey, in which the political sphere was totally controlled by a bureaucratic tutelage regime in the past, the process by which non-central forces come to power can alone be perceived as a democratic opening. The new power does not have to be “democratic.” However, this works up to a certain point as the steps taken in the direction of democracy change the political norms for all segments of the society, making them come up with more participatory demands.
    From Gezi Park to politics

    These articles are from June 6 and time zone changes will lead to new columns in today's paper. Check it out. Refreshing to see many, many articles and columns on the same subject. How often was there more than 2 articles on OWS in the paper on the same day?

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