What is Happening in Istanbul?


Holy… okay, this is horrible. People need to know. We had a similar incident like that at the park about a year back, when German Railways tried to cut down centuries old trees to build a new train station. The use of teargas and water cannons was similar, but at least we all knew and could react. This is why I reblog. People need to be aware. When someone is calling for support in a situation like this, how can we not try and help, if only by spreading the word? ~ ~ ~ €dit: Just read an article in one of the biggest German newspapers, and they just wrote about “12 injured”. Not a word about people ending up dead or in critical condition because they just wanted to be heard. I don’t even… how is this happening, today, in a country that claims to be a democracy?!     | -Ricarda  (WordPress screwed up my format, that’s why this looks a bit wonky…)

İnsanlık Hali

To my friends who live outside of Turkey:

I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.

Last week of May 2013 a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and yoga students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least…

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