Posted 7 years ago on June 1, 2013, 11:28 p.m. EST by frovikleka
from Island Heights, NJ
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
Two young Turkish ladies handed me this piece of paper with this information, and the above title at Zuccotti Park earlier today, Saturday June 1. They were very intent on getting their message out to the American people, so I promised them I would put it up here on the Occupy forum. Just before I left them at the corner of Broadway and Cedar St, one of them smiled and said said, "I can feel the Solidarity." I smiled back and said, "Me too."
So here it is, word for word, no emphasis added
it's about not being heard
This would not have happened had it just been the park. Before the park, there was the Ottoman pastry shop. And before that an old cinema. And before that.... Despite local protests, the government continues to destroy keynote buildings and public space in favor of malls or mosques. Protests are to no avail. In a true democracy, citizens can question and amend government initiatives.
it's about the abuse of state power
This wouldn't have happened had the Turkish government not used excessive teargas, guns, tanks, helicopters and physical violence to crush the peaceful Gezi Park protestors. A true democracy allows for protest and does not use excessive violence against its citizens.
it's about media being censored
This would not have happened if the big Turkish media channels covered the riots from the start. Unfortunately there are strong ties between media outlets and the government. This is why Turkish protestors use social media to seek the attention of foreign media. In a true democracy, media is independent and reports in a balanced way on events happening.
it's about minorities not being protected
This would not have happened had the Turkish government done a good job in protecting the different-minded. Whether it is the lazy reaction of the Turkish governement to the attacks on Alevi citizens in Reyhanli, or the way the governemnt tries to restrict the usage of alcohol, or the way companies with opposite political color have a hard time keeping business - Turkish government not only doesn't protect its minorities, it tries to destroy them. A true democracy cherishes its differences and minorities.
This is about democracy
Sound somewhat familiar?....~Odin~