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Sophie Menasse on Wed, 5 Jun 2013 23:12:44 +0200 (CEST)


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> Message: 1
> Date: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:41:42 +0200
> From: Felix Stalder <felix {AT} openflows.com>
> To: nettime-l {AT} kein.org
> Subject: <nettime> #occupyGezi
> Message-ID: <51AEF9C6.2020205 {AT} openflows.com>
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> Like many people, I've been following the news re: #occupyGezi, but I
> still feel I don't really understand what's happening there. It would be
> great if someone could provide an first-hand, on-the-ground report
> rather than just some second-hand theory based on media accounts.
> 
> Any nettimers in Istambul these days?
> 
> Felix

Felix, here are the demands of the protesters. 

Taksim Solidarity press release 05-06-13

To The Government of The Republic of Turkey and The Public

Citizens have been expressing their democratic outrage in Taksim Istanbul and all around the country against the insensitivity of the government for the public concern about the de-facto destruction of the Taksim Gezi Park that took place around 10 PM on May 27th.
We share the pain of Abdullah Comert?s and Mehmet Ayvalitas? families and wish to extend our get-well wishes to thousands of wounded citizens.
Unfortunately, the government insists on its violent, repressive and prohibitionist policies against the public?s wish to express its democratic and human rights based demands. We would like it to be known that we are making an extreme effort to reach a social climate where no one is hurt, tensions are resolved and democratic demands can be expressed.
For these reasons, as Taksim Resistance, we are waiting for the government to take substantive steps towards the realization of the demands below.
WE DEMAND THAT:
? Gezi Park should remain a park. There should be no construction on the park under the name of TopcuKislasi or under any other name. An official statement should be made announcing the cancellation of the project. The attempts at the demolition of Ataturk KulturMerkezi should be stopped.

? Starting with the Governors and Chief of Police of Istanbul, Ankara and Hatay, all responsible persons who have stood in the way of people?s right of expression in the resistance at Taksim and other places; persons who ordered the use of violence; and persons who supervised and carried out these orders should be removed from office. The use of tear gas bombs and similar devices should be banned.

? The citizens who have been detained all around the country for supporting the resistance should be freed immediately. There should be a statement announcing that no further investigation will be pursued against these individuals.

? The prohibition and de-facto obstruction of meetings, protests and demonstrations in our squares and public places should end, starting with Taksim and Kiziliay Squares, the sights of May 1st celebrations. Barriers to freedom of expression should be lifted.

Furthermore, we think that the authorities should understand the content, spirit, hopes and demands of the reaction that came from the streets and all kinds of public places since May 27th, 10 PM. Trying to explain away what happened by referring to ?marginality? would be the same as ignoring these events. We can see that citizens interpret the intervention in Gezi Park, which symbolizes the government?s general thinking, as ?an intervention in their beliefs and lifestyles and a sign of condescension,? eliciting a cry of ?we are here and we have demands? and a public outrage from all kinds of people, whether they be women, men, young or old. 

We would like the ruling authorities to realize that the reaction of the citizens is also about the Proposed Law on The Protection of Nature and Biodiversity that came into National Assembly?s agenda and the projects that plunder our ecological riches, starting with the third airport in Istanbul, the third bridge over The Bosporus, the construction on AOC, and the hydro-electric power plants (HEPP). The reaction is also an expression of ?the wish for peace, and resistance to the war politics being played in our country and in the region; the sensitivities of Alevi citizens; the rightful demands of the victims of urban transformation projects; the voices raised against the conservative male politics that control women?s bodies; the resistance to the coercion against universities, the judicial branch and artists; the demands of all workers, starting with the employees of Turkish Airlines, against the appropriation of their rights; the struggle against discrimination based on sexual ori
 entation and gender identity; and the demands for the clearing of the way for citizen?s right of access to education and healthcare.?

TAKSIM RESISTANCE

Best,
Sophie


Am 05.06.2013 um 20:16 schrieb Liesbeth Schoonheim:

> Did you get this? It's a mailinglist for internet activists: asses for yourself, but interesting source for sure and free from state media/censorship.
> Xxxx
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>    1. #occupyGezi (Felix Stalder)
>    2. Re: #occupyGezi (Keith Hart)
>    3. Re: #occupyGezi (Erich M.)
>    4. Re: #occupyGezi (Eric Kluitenberg)
>    5. Please Announce and Circulate This Campaign - regarding
>       Istanbul Taksim Movement (frederic neyrat)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:41:42 +0200
> From: Felix Stalder <felix {AT} openflows.com>
> To: nettime-l {AT} kein.org
> Subject: <nettime> #occupyGezi
> Message-ID: <51AEF9C6.2020205 {AT} openflows.com>
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> 
> Like many people, I've been following the news re: #occupyGezi, but I
> still feel I don't really understand what's happening there. It would be
> great if someone could provide an first-hand, on-the-ground report
> rather than just some second-hand theory based on media accounts.
> 
> Any nettimers in Istambul these days?
> 
> Felix
> 
> 
> --
> 
> -|- http://felix.openflows.com ------------------------ books out now:
>   |
> *|Cultures & Ethics of Sharing/Kulturen & Ethiken des Teilens UIP 2012
> *|Vergessene Zukunft. Radikale Netzkulturen in Europa. transcript 2012
> *|Deep Search. The Politics of Searching Beyond Google. Studienv. 2009
> *|Mediale Kunst/Media Arts Zurich.13 Positions. Scheidegger&Spiess2008
> *|Manuel Castells and the Theory of the Network Society.Polity P. 2006
> *|Open Cultures and the Nature of Networks. Ed Futura / Revolver, 2005
>   |
> 
> 
> 
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> Message: 2
> Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:37:26 +0200
> From: Keith Hart <keith {AT} thememorybank.co.uk>
> To: nettime <nettime-l {AT} kein.org>
> Subject: Re: <nettime> #occupyGezi
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> Date: Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:59:29 +0200
> From: "Erich M." <me {AT} quintessenz.org>
> To: nettime-l {AT} mail.kein.org
> Subject: Re: <nettime> #occupyGezi
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> 
> On 06/05/2013 10:41 AM, Felix Stalder wrote:
> > Like many people, I've been following the news re: #occupyGezi, but I
> > still feel I don't really understand what's happening there. It would be
> > great if someone could provide an first-hand, on-the-ground report
> > rather than just some second-hand theory based on media accounts.
> 
> Felix and all,
> Her is some first hand report that came in on another list, source
> should be trusted, as the sender cooperates with EDRi
> 
> Gruesse
> Erich
> 
> A Report on the Situation in Turkey
> 
> Irfan Erdogan, erdogan.irfan {AT} gmail.com, http://irfanerdogan.com/
> 
> I am writing this to inform you that people in over 65 cities of 81 in
> Turkey are demonstrating against the reactionary and oppressive regime
> of Tayyip Erdogan and his party. We have demonstrations even in the most
> reactionary cities in Turkey. People in every neighborhood in the cities
> are on the street. Police throw gas bombs at demonstrators, beat and
> arrest people. It is not like in the late 1960s, because people did not
> care about us much then. We students were demonstrating for independence
> and socialism then. Now everybody is on the street. Nobody cheered when
> we were demonstrating in the late 60s in Turkey. Now people are cheering
> and supporting the demonstrators. Today we have more people on the
> street in my neighborhood in Ankara than yesterday. Police are shooting
> gas bombs inside the houses because people are providing shelter for
> demonstrators who are escaping from gas and police beatings. Youngsters
> and people from every walk of life are on the street and want the
> Erdogan government to resign. Erdogan uses the classic rhetoric about
> demonstrators and he threatens them by saying that he can send one
> million supporters to the street (he means, to smash the
> demonstrations). He says: "I keep 50 percent of the population at home"
> (he means that he can use 50 percent of people who support him against
> the other people). His mindset and approach reminds me of Jay Gould who
> said once that he is not worried about demonstrations and labor strikes,
> because he can hire one-half of the working class to kill the other
> half. For a lot of people, Erdogan is a reactionary dictator. In Turkey
> people are scared to say something against Erdogan. Television did not
> provide any news about the demonstrations except the television stations
> of the major opposition party and Turkish Labor party television,
> because mainstream media either support the administration or are scared
> of Erdogan?s rage/wrath. People in Istanbul walked in front of the major
> television stations and announced that if they do not feature them in
> the news they will occupy the TV station. Then, TV stations started
> reporting,  but in a highly distorted manner. After this incident, very
> few media personnel resigned from their posts in the TV channel. Erdogan
> scolded the Reuters journalist who dared to ask him a question that he
> did not like. The Internet is used for the most effective channel of
> communication and organization of the protests by everybody. Erdogan
> expressed his utmost anger against Twitter and social media. Everybody
> uses their mobile phone for communication and recording the events and
> putting/disseminating them on the Internet. Mainstream media started
> lying as usual. Two main labor unions in Turkey run by those who ask
> some meaningless concessions from the government try to stop workers to
> demonstrate, but workers are on the street, too. Demonstrations are
> rapidly spreading all over the country.  Soon, I know, religious
> reactionaries (not all religious people are reactionary) will attack
> demonstrators. There is a high probability that we will witness a
> domestic/civil war in Turkey.
> 
> I was at the center of the demonstrations in Ankara yesterday and the
> day before. Demonstrators do not do anything wrong, but police
> continuously shoot pressured water, gas and noise bombs at them and
> attack demonstrators. Police behave like they are fighting an enemy.
> They curse at and threaten people by e.g. saying: "get lost otherwise we
> arrest you and you know what we do when we arrest you." We know there
> are some progressive and conscientious people in the police force, but
> they are also under the threat of the empire of fear. But we will see a
> differing police behavior as the time goes by in the process. Now, there
> is an indiscriminate uss of gas bombs (CS gas). Your eyes get severely
> burned and you cannot breathe, you start coughing, and you feel dizzy if
> you are close to the fume. Also when it hits you or blows up beside you,
> you get shocked (I saw it). So far we have four killings and many wounded.
> 
> As usual, they claim that demonstrators/provocateurs destroy and
> vandalize everything around. Yes we see a lot of destruction; in fact,
> it is started and done by plain-cloth police. How do I know: (1) this is
> a historical fact. (2) I know from the late 60s, because we could
> recognize the police then, but it is difficult to recognize them now.
> (3) How come there is no vandalism, destruction and terror where there
> is no police around? Here are few examples: I attend demonstrations at
> the center of the city where police provokes, attacks and where plain
> cloth police destroys everything aroun,d provoking some young people to
> do the same. My daughter and my wife and neighbors attend huge
> demonstrations in our neighborhood where there is no police presence
> yet: You can see no violence, no destruction and no vandalism in these
> demonstrations. Yesterday, I had to come back home early at night
> because I almost fainted three times because of the police gas. Later, I
> attended two neighborhood demonstrations and there were no destruction
> and violence. Last year, I attended two demonstrations in Athens,
> Greece. There was no police presence and there was no violence and
> destruction. Athens was burning when there was police presence. When
> police was involved, Athens was like a war zone, like in Ankara and
> Istanbul. Those who rule the police force organize and run the show of
> violence and destruction as usual.
> 
> People are against "Erdogan?s empire" that is misrepresented in Europe
> and elsewhere. This reactionary party clearly stated that they "use the
> democracy train until they get the power and reach their destination."
> They are misperceived by Europeans who think that this government is
> anti-racist and democratic. They are not racist because their political
> view belongs to the middle ages of Islamic rule: They think that all
> Muslims are the people of God and those who are not Muslim are condemned
> by God and will all go to hell. That is why Erdogan is against
> nationalism, but his/their nationalism is based "ummad/?mmed" that means
> the collective community/nation/commonwealth/empire of Islamic peoples.
> Their nationalism is based on a different logic, the logic of Muslim
> statehood. A statehood where a prime minister considers himself king and
> tells people that he does anything he wants, he builds a mosque there if
> he wants (?there? refers to the park where people do not want the
> government to cut the trees down). Before the uprising, demonstrators
> were sleeping in the park and police attacked them at dawn. The
> government uses the known tactics of Hitler: The police invades people's
> (e.g., journalists, academicians, army commanders) houses and arrests
> them very late at night, especially at dawn. They call it ?dawn
> operation?. They arrest young people for demonstrating or saying
> something against the administration. Students at school cannot wear a
> T-shirt with any message that can be considered ?political expression?.
> Now, there are journalists, academics, politicians, army commanders,
> students and other political prisoners who have been in jail for more
> than 5 years WAITING FOR TRIAL OR TRIAL IN PROGRESS.
> 
> Their rule is based on material plunder and ignorance that is fed by
> multi-channeled mis-information, education and re-education. Their
> current rule is historically comparable to extensive degrees of material
> plunder: They (party leaders and business owners) allocate material
> riches to themselves and immaterial values to the true and fake
> believers who generally are ready for slaughter while chanting ?God is
> great? regardless if opponents are Muslims or not - like crusaders in
> the middle age who conducted killings in the name of Jesus despite the
> fact that Jesus is completely against oppression and killings. We hear
> this chanting on TV news when Syrian opposite forces fire guns and kill
> people. This also reminds me not only od the War Prayer of Mark Twain
> but also the pressure he got from his publisher and family against
> publishing it. The policies of the ruling party in Turkey are also
> supported by some old so called Marxists and/or, Maoists, ?leftists? and
> their sons/daughters who mostly reside in Istanbul and live a posh life
> (some work for media corporations with 20-30 thousand dollars salaries a
> month and/or get paid by the media for their appearances in discussion
> shows or get benefits in different ways).
> 
> The widespread fear in Turkey is also fed by private enterprises: Once
> there was state censorship (it still prevails), now we have censorship
> by the rule of private enterprises, so-called auto-censorship
> (self-censorship) which is buttressed by organizational and peer
> oppression in media and academia. I wrote a book for a university last
> year and I had to revise it many times because they are scared of law
> suits from private enterprises (especially by the media). You can not
> mention a corporation?s name, you cannot criticize a corporation by
> providing its name. I sometimes watch the Tonight Show and similar US
> shows in English in Turkey and Turkish subtitles do not give any names
> of any corporation that is mentioned in the show. I was sued by the show
> producer last month for 20.000 dollars for criticizing one of the most
> popular TV sitcoms in a meeting (I make about 2000 dollars a month).
> Freedom of thought and expression is suppressed not only by the ruling
> administration but also by the corporations and those who are scared of
> being a target of revenge. Freedom is a right and privilege of the
> ruling and powerful forces who can also manipulate and abuse the law for
> their own interests. Copyright freedom is not a freedom of the writers,
> it rather protects (or turned to be) the property right of the enterprises.
> 
> This is the first time I am witnessing a public uprising. It is
> different than the one we had in the late 60s.
> 
> People all over the world should know. Yet, unfortunately, the ?whole
> world is watching? carefully packaged factoids. In Turkey, the media was
> not proving any news on the uprisings until yesterday, and they were
> broadcasting usual series, soap operas, sitcoms, competition programs
> and films instead. Now they cannot hide anymore, thus they started their
> usual mind management business in the news. To a varying extent, similar
> evaluations can be reached about the coverage on international news
> channels such as BBC, Al Jazeera, The Press TV and RTV that I watch often.
> 
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> Message: 4
> Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:00:25 +0200
> From: Eric Kluitenberg <epk {AT} xs4all.nl>
> To: nettime-l {AT} kein.org
> Cc: Felix Stalder <felix {AT} openflows.com>
> Subject: Re: <nettime> #occupyGezi
> Message-ID: <B993F131-6D98-4DA5-8078-7C29F3A56665 {AT} xs4all.nl>
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> 
> 
> hi,
> 
> I've just reposted this one on Tactical Media Files (with permission of the author Zeyned Tufekci):
> 
> http://www.tacticalmediafiles.net/article.jsp?objectnumber=62623
> 
> http://technosociology.org/?p=1255
> 
> Not exactly 'on the ground', but close...
> 
> bests,
> eric
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 5
> Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:58:34 +0200
> From: frederic neyrat <fneyrat {AT} gmail.com>
> To: Felix Stalder <felix {AT} openflows.com>
> Subject: <nettime> Please Announce and Circulate This Campaign -
>         regarding Istanbul Taksim Movement
> Message-ID:
>         <CABB5BS3SAaVA6qYLPEjCnt4cQDRY4Z3HTQuiKx5LWHN-+pjWKw {AT} mail.gmail.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
> 
> 
> "Like many people, I've been following the news re: #occupyGezi, but I
> still feel I don't really understand what's happening there. It would
> be great if someone could provide an first-hand, on-the-ground report
> rather than just some second-hand theory based on media accounts.
> 
> Any nettimers in Istambul these days?
> 
> Felix"
> 
> 
> Here it is:
> 
> Best,
> 
> Frederic Neyrat
> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Volkan ?elebi <editor {AT} monokl.net>
> Date: 2013/6/5
> Subject: Please Announce and Circulate This Campaign - regarding
> Istanbul Taksim Movement
> To:
> 
> 
> Fran?ais:
> https://www.change.org/fr/p%C3%A9titions/monokl-polis-%C5%9Fiddetine-son-verilsin-contre-la-violence-policiere-a-istanbul
> T?rk?e:
> https://www.change.org/tr/kampanyalar/monokl-polis-%C5%9Fiddetine-son-verilsin-contre-la-violence-policiere-a-istanbul?utm_campaign=twitter_link&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition
> 
> English:
> 
> https://www.change.org/petitions/monokl-polis-%C5%9Fiddetine-son-verilsin-contre-la-violence-policiere-a-istanbul
> Deutsch:
> 
> https://www.change.org/de/Petitionen/monokl-polis-%C5%9Fiddetine-son-verilsin-contre-la-violence-policiere-a-istanbul?utm_campaign=twitter_link&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition
> 
> Web site and supporter philosophers:
> http://monokurgusuzlabirent.blogspot.com/
> 
> 
> 
> 
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