Tag Archives: Police violence

More police violence in Istanbul [updated with link to photographs]

Taksim Square was again rocked by police violence today, as police used water cannon, tear gas, and, by some accounts, rubber bullets to disperse a crowd who had gathered to protest… police violence. The protestors had gathered in response to … Continue reading

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ECHR condemns “disproportionate violence and unnecessary and excessive tear gas” in Turkey

In a unanimous decision issued today, the European Court of Human Rights again ruled against Turkey in a case regarding the use of abusive force against peaceful protestors. Bianet reports that, “the ECHR found Turkey guilty of violating “torture ban” … Continue reading

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Cross-post: An Ugly Crackdown in Turkey

From the AI-USA Blog, Human Rights Now, Ugly police violence and repression of freedom of speech and of assembly continue in Turkey, where attempts to stage protests in Taksim Square have been repeatedly suppressed with water cannon, tear gas and … Continue reading

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Freedom is not a photo-op

With much fanfare, the Turkish government reopened Gezi Park today.  Unfortunately, the more fundamental problems of police violence and attacks on basic freedom of expression and assembly are going unaddressed.  Indeed, in Istanbul and elsewhere police violence continues apace.  As … Continue reading

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The Ethem Sarısülük Case

During the course of protests in Ankara on June 1, one of the protestors, Ethem Sarısülük was shot in the head; his doctors declared him brain dead a little more than a week later. This week, the police officer accused … Continue reading

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A night of shocking violence in Istanbul and Ankara

Only hours after a de-escalation of tensions seemed to be in the making, Turkish police initiated a massive raid on Gezi Park.  Reports indicate prolific use of tear gas and water cannon against peaceful protestors.  Clearly, the situtation has taken … Continue reading

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Amnesty on the May Day Violence in Turkey: Denial of right to peaceful protest and excessive use of force

“Mayday celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey were again marred by police violence and attempts by the authorities to prevent demonstrations from going ahead,” Amnesty International declared in a statement released today. [Turkish version of the statement is available here]. In truth, … Continue reading

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On METU Protests, Amnesty Demands an Investigation (updated)

The normally quiet campus of Middle East Technical University was turned into a warzone earlier this week.  On Tuesday, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to the campus was met by several hundred student protesters, carrying signs and shouting slogans.  They, … Continue reading

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