Occupy Gezi

8 questions on Turkey

A short-ish interview with an Istanbul-based militant who has been active in the now nearly year old protest movement against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP government.

Anyone who's followed the situation in Turkey knew that although last summer’s demonstrations had died down by August, all it would take was a small spark to bring the masses back onto the streets.

Protests in Turkey following the death of teenager wounded during Occupy protests

Huge protests have erupted across Turkey, as Berkin Elvan, a 14-year-old boy wounded by police during the Occupy Gezi protests last year, has died. Clashes with police have occurred across the country and many workers are due to strike tomorrow in protest. One libcom poster reports from the streets.

Leo wrote:
(Noon)

Berkin Elvan, a boy who was shot by the police in the head with tear gas when he was 14 years old, died today, 269 days later, at the age of 15. Berkin had left his house to buy bread when he was shot by the police.

Joint statement on the riots in Turkey - Kara Kizil Istanbul and Servet Dusmani

Joint statement on the riots in Turkey which broke out on 11 March when a teenage boy injured by police during the Occupy Gezi protests last year died, by Kara Kizil Istanbul (Red and Black Istanbul) and Servet Dusmani.

Berkin Elvan is Immortal!

"I gave the orders" - Tayyip Erdogan, June 23, 2013.
"It is not Allah, but Erdogan who took my son from me" - Gulsum Elvan, March 11, 2014.

Street protests and class power - Devrim Valerian

Reflections on current events in Turkey, Egypt, and Brazil and the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

The ongoing events that set fire to Turkey from the end of May, the mass demonstrations in Brazil during the Confederations Cup, and the current events in Egypt with Tahrir Square once again full of demonstrators calling for the overthrown of the President, show very clearly that we still live in a world dominated by the events that were unleashed by a young man burning himself to death in Tunisi

Sleepless in Istanbul V

Report and analysis on the neighbourhood assemblies in Istanbul.

In the days following the brutal recapture of Gezi Park on Saturday 15 June and the hot nights of barricades and mass mobilisation that followed, something unexpected, though not unprecedented, occurred. Beginning in Istanbul, and quickly spreading across Turkey’s major cities local ‘forum’, or neighbourhood assemblies, were established.

Sleepless in Istanbul IV

Report and analysis of the Turkish "general strike" of 17 June and the developments in struggle on the streets since then. Now with additional notes.

In the following post I shall attempt to address several different overlapping subjects, combining both first hand reportage and secondary analysis. First, I shall run through the events of Monday 17 June 2013, the day of the impromptu ‘general strike’ as I perceived them, providing some quotations from different participants I spoke to.

This is just a beginning, continue to struggle

The sixth statement on the uprisings in Turkey written by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF, or Revolutionary Anarchist Action) and originally published in Meydan Gazetesi.

This is just a beginning, continue to struggle

This is a revolt

Revolutionary Anarchists Call for International Solidarity for Ongoing Public Revolt Against State Terrorism

The fourth statement on the uprisings in Turkey written by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF, or Revolutionary Anarchist Action) and originally published in Meydan Gazetesi.

Revolutionary Anarchists Call for International Solidarity for Ongoing Public Revolt Against State Terrorism

Our Rage is Growing, So Does Our Struggle!

The third statement on the uprisings in Turkey written by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF, or Revolutionary Anarchist Action) and originally published in Meydan Gazetesi.

Our Rage is Growing, So Does Our Struggle!

Massive Riot Against State Terrorism in Turkey

The second statement on the uprisings in Turkey written by Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF, or Revolutionary Anarchist Action) and originally published in Meydan Gazetesi.

Massive Riot Against State Terrorism in Turkey

This is an informative mail about current situation in Istanbul, Turkey. After two days of protest about the urban gentrification of Gezi Park (biggest park in Taksim where green areas continually being destroyed), people got fed up with police brutality and violence.