Thursday, 6 June 2013

Police Focus Shifts to Ankara

While the eyes of the international media are on Taksim and he mood is celebratory there, clashes are intensifying in other Turkish cities and one main hotspot is Ankara. Besides Ankara the clashes in Istanbul have shifted to district further from the centre with a predominantly poor population including many Kurdish and Alevi people. Here is a link to a livestream of the events in Ankara.

There has been a call on social media to inform people about that:


''Dear friends, currently the mainstream global media is keeping an eye on Taksim, Istanbul. Thus, the police forces have backed off and they have remarkably scaled down the number of attacks against the protesters. However, in the meantime the police terror in Ankara as it is now is on a much larger scale compared to the very beginning of Istanbul attacks. Tear gas is relentlessly being thrown inside apartments, people are suppressed by plastic bullets, illegal custody and physical assault. Things have escalated quickly and the scale of these attacks are rapidly increasing. We need to make benefit of social media once again to show the world what's going on in Ankara right now. Here is a message from the people of Ankara: ''We have supported the protesters of Istanbul from the beginning, and now it is your turn to support us and the rest of Turkey. This resistance is clearly not limited to Istanbul, it has taken over all of the country. The festive atmosphere in Istanbul is just a trick to fool global media and soothe off the masses, yet nothing has been accomplished yet and things have just started actually.''

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