Let's show our support to Turkey!

Please come and join us in the Liverpool protest, hosted by the Liverpool Turkish community.

Turkish democracy needs you!

After a series of peaceful demonstrations for preserving a recreational area in Istanbul city center which is planned to demolish for the construction of a shopping mall, Turkish police attacked the protesters violently with tear gas and water cannon, directly targeting their faces and bodies. Dozens of protesters are hospitalized and access to the park is blocked without any legal basis. Turkish media, directly controlled by the government or have business and political ties with it, refuse to cover the incidents. Press agencies also blocked the information flow.
Please share this message for the world to become aware of the police state created by AKP of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which is often considered to be a model for other Middle Eastern countries. Turkish democracy expects your help.

Thank you!

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  • Tuggen Cesmecioglu C.

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    We hope to gain media coverage of our event in order to further educate the British public about the events in Turkey, while also, in conjunction with those who have held, or will be holding, events across the United Kingdom, and across the world, in support of the Turkish people, showing those in Turkey that we are all aware of what is happening in their country, that they are not alone, and that the world is there with them.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Sarah Badrock, writing on behalf of the Turkish communities of Liverpool and Manchester

    -ENDS-

    June 2, 2013

  • Tuggen Cesmecioglu C.

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    The protest, which has spread to towns and cities across Turkey, is no longer merely in response to the planned redevelopment of an Istanbul park, but instead an outpouring of widespread public discontent at the actions of the Turkish government. However, protestors across the country, including those in the capital, Ankara, are being met with the same methods of violent subjugation used against the protestors in Gezi Park. In addition, it has been reported that more than one thousand people have now been arrested.

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    June 2, 2013

  • Tuggen Cesmecioglu C.

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    The events unfolding in Turkey began after those peacefully protesting against the redevelopment of a park in central Istanbul were brutally dispersed by law enforcement officials, using water cannons and tear gas, as well as physical violence. It has also been reported that ‘Agent Orange’, a toxic gas used as part of the U.S.’s programme of chemical warfare against the Vietnamese during the Vietnamese War, was used against protestors. The actions of the police have resulted in many casualties, and an as yet unconfirmed number of deaths, acting as a catalyst in bringing about widespread public dissent against the actions of the government. +

    June 2, 2013

  • Tuggen Cesmecioglu C.

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    The event, which the Metropolitan Police have given approval to take place, is due to commence at 1pm tomorrow afternoon in Liverpool town centre, on Church Street, in close proximity to Primark. It has been organised by the Turkish communities of Liverpool and Manchester, and is open to those wishing to show their support for the Turkish people, as well as to Turkish citizens and expatriates. We aim to protest against the inhumane treatment of Turkish citizens by their government, showing solidarity for the Turkish people, while also drawing public attention to the activities of the Turkish government.

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    June 2, 2013

  • Tuggen Cesmecioglu C.

    Here is the formal statement to all newspapers and main channels in the UK - with our special thanks to my student Sarah Badrock from the University of Manchester: Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am writing to inform you of a peaceful protest which is to take place in Liverpool city centre tomorrow afternoon. This event aims to raise awareness of the plight of Turkish citizens at the hands of their own government, while also showing solidarity for the Turkish people, following the inhumane actions of law enforcement officials in subduing a peaceful protest, ‘Occupy Gezi’, at a park in Istanbul, and the continuation of this brutality, directed at dissenting Turkish citizens across the country, in the aftermath.

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    June 2, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Hi Tuggen and everyone! I would like to go to show my support but I don't have transport, also I will need to take me wheelchair as I recently has surgery so there would need to be space in the boot for that too. If anyone could take me (and my wheelchair) this would be much appreciated!

    Thanks!

    Sarah

    June 1, 2013

    • Sarah B.

      Manchester'dan gideceğim, söylemek unuttum! Teşekkürler!

      June 1, 2013

  • derya

    Lutfen Manchester dan gidecek arkadaslar haber verebilirmi ? Buradan toplanıp gidelim.

    June 1, 2013

    • Ali I.

      Biz esim ve kizimla gidiyoruz

      June 1, 2013

  • Tuggen Cesmecioglu C.

    For those who would like to join us tomorrow in Liverpool with no means of available transport, please contact our group as some of us have seats in our cars and we will gladly take you to Liverpool. Yarın Liverpool'da aramıza katılmak isteyen ve her ne sebeple olursa olsun ulaşım sorunu yaşayan arkadaşlarımız, lütfen grubumuzla iletişime geçin, arabasında yer olan ve sizi severek Liverpool'a götürebilecek insanlar var.

    June 1, 2013

  • Tuggen Cesmecioglu C.

    Simdi o konuyu arastiriyorum, bilgi edinince bildirecegim. Carsaflarini kesip pankart yapan insanlar olacak, cok gururluyum. Iyi ki boyle bir ulkenin evlatlariyiz..

    June 1, 2013

  • Ali I.

    Manchester'dan Turk bayragi bulabilecegimiz bir yer biliyor musunuz ?

    June 1, 2013

  • Ali I.

    Esimle Kizimla oradayim

    June 1, 2013

  • Serap

    Will do my best to be there and show Turkey that it is not alone with my daughter of course :)

    June 1, 2013

  • Tuggen Cesmecioglu C.

    KIZIMLA BİRLİKTE GELİYORUM, HEPİNİZİ BEKLERİM!
    LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE!

    June 1, 2013

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