Wednesday, 10 July 2013
51 Gezi Protesters on Hunger Strike
On Monday, when Gezi Park was reopened, only to be close soon afterwards, 60 people were taken into custody. 51 of these peoplen have now started a hunger strike. Meanwhile Amnesty International called for a release of the imprisoned peaceful protesters. Despite these attempts to protest against police violence and repression the wave of repression continues in multiple ways. Erhan Erkut, the president of the private Özyegin University has been set free, very likely because he supported his students participating in the protests. In addition to that the AKP quickly passed a law in the parliament that restricts the rights and the authority of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB).The TMMOB has played a leading role in the opposition to the restructuring of Taksim Square, which would include the destruction of Gezi Park.