Ulku Mazlum's Blog (5)

#direngeziparki is now the 2nd worldwide trending topic on Twitter.

In fall 2011 when I was witnessing the rise of Occupy Wall Street in New York City, one of the recurring questions in my mind was this: When would Turkey have its own #Occupy moment? “We are the 99%” slogan had spread from the Zuccotti Park to other cities in the U.S, taking its inspiration from square occupations in Egypt, Greece, Spain and Britain. Some of those movements fizzled out, and some of them kept on. But Turks had not jumped on that Occupy bandwagon for a really long…

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Added by Ulku Mazlum on May 31, 2013 at 7:04am — No Comments

Bloody face of killing nature: Tayyip Erdogan!

Bloody face of killing nature: Tayyip Erdogan!



"Dear friends all around the world,



something brave and significant is happening in Istanbul, Turkey.

A late blooming Occupy wave one might call it.



Citizens tired of a bullying government with its corrupt management of public spaces and reckless abuse of land are coming together to protect a public park in the heart of the Istanbul which is under the…

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This is an urgent call from human rights defenders, activists, NGOs, professional chambers, grassroots, neighbourhood associations and Istanbulites.

International Human Rights Organizations and Dear Friends, Comrades, Press Members from all over the world;



This is an urgent call from human rights defenders, activists, NGOs, professional chambers, grassroots, neighbourhood associations and Istanbulites.



Since the 27th of May,Istanbulites from all social and political backgrounds and ages and from all over the city had been continuing a peaceful resistance in…

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Why should we care about #occupygezi?

''To all my friends living abroad; a message from my friend; please read and share!



PM Tayyip Erdogan's police attacked today at 5am the protesters defending a park in the center of Istanbul and woke them in their tents with pepper spray and burnt down their tents. The attack is disproportional and unjust.



The protest itself is against the destruction of Gezi Parki…
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Added by Ulku Mazlum on May 31, 2013 at 5:23am — No Comments

Why should we care about #occupygezi? Part 2

 

A friend in Istanbul wrote this, I'm sadly sharing her message: "Reporting from İstanbul, Turkey: We are under attack. We get sprayed with pepper gas on a weekly basis. We have been allowed alcohol in our homes but not outside. Kissing and hugging not allowed. However we are strongly encouraged to breed and make 3 kids right after marriage. Women taking pregnancy tests are recorded. Morning after pills are prescription drugs now. Breathing optional on…

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Added by Ulku Mazlum on May 30, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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