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Gezi Park Protests - Great Sadness and Outrage as 14-year-old Dies After 269 Days in the Hospital

Why? - Why is the death of one 14-year-old so meaningful in Turkey?

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In what was the largest demonstation I have seen in Turkey in more than 20 years, perhaps more than 100,000 people (the television coverage I watched makes me believe that it could easily have been this many) participated in Berkin Elvan's funeral today in Istanbul.

It started at noon with prayers at the Cemevi (Alevi house of worship) near his home, then his body was carried to the park near his home where he used to play, then to his home for a last farewell, and then to the cemetery where he was burried at 5:20.

The funeral was peaceful and only two small incidents were reported.

Photographs of the funeral can be seen at these links:

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Following the funeral many of those who had participated wanted to walk to Taksim, which is five or so kilometers from the cemetery, but the police stopped them. Earlier in the day the police had closed Gezi Park.

Photographs of this can be seen here:

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During the day there were protests in other cities in Turkey and a heavy police respose to them.

What may happen tonight is uncertain but there may be major protests and police responses to them.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

    by InAntalya on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 10:40:30 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for keeping us informed. Stay safe. (9+ / 0-)
  •  I am surprised that there was not any coverage (6+ / 0-)

    of this in the media (TV) here in America.  Yesterday there were protests in 19 cities in Turkey and vigils all over Europe as well as Washington and New York.  Today, the funeral drew a huge crowd as you stated.  Universities are staging sit-ins, etc.  

    What are we looking at here?  According to my friends, people want to oust PM Erdogan for corruption.  They feel that he's now acting like a dictator.  Hundreds of people have either been injured or killed in police actions against the government.  Even yesterday, the police ran over two women who sustained serious injuries.  Reported, he's had top military brass along with many other protestors imprisoned without a trial.

    Erdogan claims he'll step down if his party loses the elections this month.  But, what if he doesn't?  Are we looking at an uprising?

    Here's a place with recent photos for those trying to understand.  Since there is so little media coming out of there, I've been trying to follow at #BerkinElvan and #Turkey.

    •  Culpabilities Guilt? (4+ / 0-)
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      InAntalya, YucatanMan, chimene, poco


      I am surprised that there was not any coverage of this in the media (TV) here in America
      I commented in InAntalya's earlier diary:
        There are those of us that remember the hope that Turkey held to help with a changing Middle East, now squandered by greed.
         It is so eerie that one of the biggest stories in the US media with the Occupy movement was a Veteran for Peace, Scott Olsen who was critically injured by a gas canister here in California. His only crime to peacefully protest, 15 feet in front of a line of police. He recovered.
         Your diaries are appreciated from those that still have hope for a better world.
         Tears and condolences...

      March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

      by 3rock on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 12:32:01 PM PDT

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