Tag Archives: Carsi

Guest Blog: Trial of Çarsı football fans accused of attempting to overthrow the government is as farcical as it sounds.

I was present on 2 April at Europe’s biggest court house, the Cağlayan Courthouse in Istanbul, to observe the second hearing in the prosecution of members of the fan club Çarşı of the Istanbul football club Beşiktaş. Thirty five people … Continue reading

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Dark Days Ahead: Thinking about Turkey’s Tear Gas Purchase

I have been going over a number in my head these past few days.  1.9 million.  That, according to Amnesty International, is the number of tear gas canisters and gas grenades that Turkey has ordered from a South Korean manufacturer … Continue reading

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Çarşı on trial: Turkey’s war on dissent takes a tragicomic turn

It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.  In their determination to root out all opposition, Turkish authorities today called members of the soccer fan club, Çarşı, to court under the same broadly phrased anti-terror statutes that were employed … Continue reading

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Penalty card for roughing up freedom of expression!

In yet another example of the Turkish government’s desire to limit freedom of expression, Interior Minister has stated that the government plans to impose a ban on political slogans at football (soccer) matches.  Given the traditions of Turkish football, it … Continue reading

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