i dont usually jump on bandwagons for important causes, im so lame, although i am known to rant day in and day out in my blog
. however the way that the growingly authoritarian turkish government is treating its secular citizens is so shameful, and living in the middle of this it is touching me. using tear gas and water cannons is nothing new in turkey of course -unfortunately - but on friday as the police attacked peaceful park occupiers in the center of the city, ppl had enough and suddenly arrived in thousands. some have died and hundreds are wounded, and the protests extended throughout the country over the weeked. although the TV is not showing *anything* of the events in an effort to silence the people, save for one small channel (Halk, which is right now showing live feed from Ankara
where the police is attacking people), the social media is doing the job. and that pisses the prime minister off, he was bashing on tv today "about "the lies" on social media and said that "twitter is a source of problem"
. turkey is not quite what egypt was but people have a growing feeling that its going that way and are tired of being shut down by the islamic ruling party. and i strongly feel that way too, maybe in a year or two we must move out as the atmosphere being built is less and less tolerant of secularism. unless they deport me before that for tweeting and blogging like this?
for some very good and telling pictures of the events in the past days; active Tumblr feed #occupygezi
some articles etc; the Atlantic's article on people's frustrationThe Guardian on how it all started Der Spiegel article on US's lost trustTwitter feed of #occupygezi
Taksim (the center) last night after police left;
swimming goggles and a breathing mask came in useful though, the gasses in the air are really horrible (and give a headache), and this was after the police had already retreated.
so what do i want from you? nothing, thanks for reading. i assume those who feel like it, will tweet or do something else, perhaps share this forward. thanks.