Tag Archives: Istanbul

Reporters without Borders: At least a dozen journalists injured during recent protests

As protests once again sweep Turkey, the watchdog group, Reporters without Borders has highlighted the extent to which journalists have seemingly been targeted by police: Reporters Without Borders condemns the resumption of police violence against journalists that has accompanied a … Continue reading

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More police violence against peaceful protestors in Istanbul

Thousands gathered with flowers in #taksim square in #istanbul but police used tear gas and water cannon again. #gezipark — muratcekic (@muratcekic) June 22, 2013 Turkish protestors have demonstrated remarkable creativity in their response to government efforts to stifle their … Continue reading

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New concerns and ways to take action

Amnesty International today voiced its concern that the ban on  public assembly in Taksim Square will put proposed Pride Marches at risk.  Amnesty argues that “not allowing peaceful gatherings in one of Istanbul’s most iconic squares is a serious assault … Continue reading

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The site that you are attempting to reach…

So… apparently internet access to our newsletter is currently blocked by court order in Turkey…  our thanks to Cemal, Belgin, and Nazan for calling this to our attention.  We don’t know the reason, or even whether we were specifically targeted … Continue reading

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Don’t shoot the messenger

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has found a lot of people to blame for the shocking (and on-going) violence that has shaken Turkey this past week (he and his government not notable amongst them):  the parliamentary opposition, “extremists,” “a few marauders,” … Continue reading

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Amnesty International: “Disgraceful Use of Excessive Police Force in Istanbul”

Amnesty International has issued a press statement today (June 1) describing the excessive force used by Turkish police as “disgraceful” and calling on Turkish authorities to take “urgent steps to… to prevent further deaths and injuries and allow protestors access … Continue reading

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A report from the Amnesty office in Istanbul

Our office in Istanbul writes that last night they hosted dozens of injured protesters in their office.  It was a sleepless night and the air stank of tear gas. Twenty volunteer doctors worked in Amnesty’s Istanbul office, which effectively served … Continue reading

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Gezi Park goes global

It has been a long hard night in Istanbul and we still know little about the exact scale of the protests (though, by all accounts, they were massive) or the exact extent of police abuses (though there is little question … Continue reading

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US State Department voices concern at crackdown in Turkey

The U.S. State Department has joined in the chorus of voices concerned by Turkey’s crackdown on protestors in Istanbul. The Spokesman of U.S. State Department Jen Psaki said that Washington was concerned about the number of injured in the police … Continue reading

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More disturbing Images from Istanbul

It has become a grim pattern.  Peaceful protests confronted by legions of police.  The use of water cannons or, as was the case yesterday, tear gas. Allegations of excessive force, which are almost never investigated.  According to media sources, security … Continue reading

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