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Turkish uprising and what the world knows about it...

Our ideas in action now in Turkey. Be inspired and support!
(For TEDsters who want to know what is going on in Turkey and might want to support their fellow earthlings who resist against an authoritarian, oppressive government who perceives everthing that by itself supports a healthy and peaceful planet as sources that should be transformed into money and a government that wants to oppress or make vanish everything, every culture, every worldview, every group that are not like them...)
What is defended here is our common universal values...
What people are standing up for is:
True democracy and human rights, the conservation of nature, the conservation of livable cities, freedom of expression, stopping authoritarianism, minority rights, women's rights, LGBTI rights, animal rights, a free media that is able to show the facts rather than what PM wants, a government that supports human rights instead of pure corporate interests, a government that doesn't lie to the people...

Some links (You can find wide coverage in the international mainstream media. So I am sharing some fieldwork here.):

A little VICE doc:
A student explaining why people are fighting:
A good video that shows the first week of the resistance and how it's progressed:
A video showing police violence and people's reactions:
A video from the fifth night. Marching peacefully is enough to get teargas canisters onto your head.
(You can follow people’s resistance in Twitter searching these hashtags: #occupyturkey #occupygezi #wearegezi)
(There are 4 deaths and many people are seriously injured because of extreme police violence.Some of them went blind,some of them hospitalized with fractured craniums.Police still continues to shoot teargas canisters directly to the protesters and to beat them while taking them into custody.)


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  • Jun 24 2013: I've just spend who knows how long reading through everything that's been written here and I'd just like to point out a few things. I actually live in Turkey, I've been here 6 years so I feel like I'm "qualified" to say something about this matter, however I do understand that as much as I love this country, it is not "my" country, as much as I wish it was.

    These past few weeks have been amazing, normally people here don't speak up, or if they do it's not heard, and to see the people stand together, to see old women beating pots and pans, to see communities come together, all of it has been amazing. I'm so proud of the people who stood up for what they believe in, even in the face of tear gas and beatings. What you see at gezi park is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Theo however did make a good point (as much as it kills me to say this) there is a problem of what comes next? AKP win elections by majorities because there is no strong opposition, the other half is too divided and there is no one group that can take on the popularity of the AKP. As you know though, these protests are about so much more than just a park or just about RTE, for every person you ask you will recieve a different answer for why they are there.

    I do think that there should be freedom of speach, and I do think that the PM has been to heavy handed, but in a country this big changes cannot happen over night. The people will get tired and they will give up, I wish this wasn't so but I can't see how else it can end. Turkey was founded as a secular state, this is a value that is so important but it seems to be becomeing something that certain people forget, when a country moves forward the worst thing it can do is to then step back, and to me this is what seems to be happening here.

    I would be interested to know what you think would be the best way forward?
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      Jun 24 2013: All excellent points and well stated.
      I currently have a friend, a journalist, in Istanbul, and he has said that he was reminded of the Occupy Wall St. movement, where thousand of people across many cities rallied for change. The demands of the OWS protesters were also undefined, and because of this it was an inclusive movement.
      But the minute the protests became violent and destructive many turned away, and the movement was no longer viable.
      At some point, in the very near future, Erdogan must step down. When that happens there will be a vacuum in the countries leadership. Who will emerge to lead the country toward a more democratic and peaceful future?
      • Jun 24 2013: This is the problem, millions of people love RTE because he has done great things for this country, but while he may have done great things for the country I don't think he's been good for the people. After all what is a country without it's people?? But after he leaves who can fill the gap? As a nation Turkey is very diverse, with different coultures and beliefes and unfortunatly that is why there is so many smaller political parties, none of which I feel could get a majority. Obvioulsy Turkey is an Islamic nation, but it seems to me that they are using people beliefs to affect their political views and it's not right.

        I agree that he needs to go, but I worry what will happen next. I have been worried with this whole situation as the only outcome I can see are: 1) the people give up (obviously not good) 2) RTE resigns (lets be fair that's never going to happen, look at any of his speaches and you will understand) 3) millitary coup (again, obviously not a good idea, plus the army had now be weaked to make this impossible) 4) the civil unrest get's worse and thousands get injured or killed

        I really don't think it's right though to compare this movement to OWS, it's too different, the same applies to people saying it's a Turkish spring, it isn't. I don't think it would be fair to classify thousands of people under one tag, or one word. Look at almost any country in the world and you can see similar movements, people from all walks of life now standing up as one, demanding equality.

        Unfortunatly there's no magic wand to fix all these problems,

        Be it OWS, Arab Spring, the Turkish uprising, the Brazillian protests, everyone just seems to want a better life. The world has become too unbalanced and people just want what should be their right as a human being.

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