Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Action, Antisemitism, Death, Human Rights, Middle-East, Music, Politics |

I am afraid this may be the start of an unfortunate series called “Things are bad in… “

[UPDATE a year after the first demonstrations: A 64-year-old woman, who fell into a coma after inhaling tear gas during another crackdown on protesters in the capital in December, has just died.
A 15-year-old boy, Berkin Elvan, died in March after nine months in a coma from a head wound he suffered as he went to buy bread during an anti-government protest in Okmeydani.
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Facing 25,000 police officers, Turkey activists mark protest anniversary. One man, named as Ugur Kurt, 30, is shot in the head. Police said he was not involved in the protests. A second man, who has not been named, died of wounds from a fragmentation grenade, the governor of Istanbul said.]
Does the first person injured wear tzitzit? Is that relevant?

A protestor hit by water sprayed from a water cannon during the June 2013 clashes in Taksim Square, Istanbul. Photo: KERIM OKTEN/EPA

During the Taksim Square & Gezi Park Protests

  Wikipedia latest figures: It is estimated that there were 11 fatalities and at least 8,163 injuries (63 or more in serious or critical condition, with a minimum of 3 having a risk of death).

Kardes Türküler’s  Response to Taksim/Gezi Violence: Tencere Tava Havas/Sound of Pots and Pans Bir öyle bir böyle kelamlardan, yasaklardan Illallah Basina buyruk kararlardan, fermanlardan Illallah Aman aman biktik valla Aman aman Sistik valla Bu ne kibir, bu ne öfke Gel yavas gel, yerler yas Satamayinca gölgelerini Sattilar ormanlari Devirdiler, kapadilar Sinemalari, meydanlari Her taraf avm’den Geçesim yok bu köprüden N’oldu bizim Sehre n’oldu Hormunlu bina doldu Aman aman biktik valla Aman aman Sistik valla Bu ne kibir, bu ne öfke Gel yavas gel, yerler yas Gel yavas gel, yerler yas… Hüsnü perisan oldu bibaht kaldi aziz istanbul Bu gam, bu gaz bu kederle tas kalmadi tas üstünde Ne oldu sana böyle, söyle söyle söyle…. Seni böyle istemem, istemem Ammaan… Aman aman biktik valla Aman aman Sistik valla Bu ne kibir, bu ne öfke Gel yavas gel, yerler yas


English Translation (some problems will be fixed at a later date) I will say one thing: “Pots and Pans, Same Old Tune.” Enough with inconsistent remarks and bans. Enough with headstrong decrees and commands. Enough with inconsistent remarks and bans. Enough with headstrong decrees and commands. Oh my oh my we’ve had enough. Oh my oh my, we’re really fed up. What arrogance, what hatred. Come slowly, slowly, The ground is wet. Oh my oh my we’ve had enough. Oh my oh my, we’re really fed up. What arrogance, what hatred. Come slowly, slowly, The ground is wet. They could not sell their shadows So they sold the forests. They knocked down, Closed down cinemas and squares. They could not sell their shadows So they sold the forests. They knocked down, Closed down cinemas and squares. Covered in shopping malls I don’t feel like crossing this bridge What happened to our city? It’s packed with roid buildings. Oh my oh my we’ve had enough. Oh my oh my, we’re really fed up. What arrogance, what hatred. Come slowly, slowly, The ground is wet. O beloved Istanbul, Lying ill-starred, Her beauty ruined. What woe, what gas, What grief is this? Everything is leveled to the ground, what the hell happened to you? Tell me, tell me. Don’t want you this way. No, I don’t want, Oh my! Oh my oh my we’ve had enough. Oh my oh my, we’re really fed up. What arrogance, what hatred. Come slowly, slowly, The ground is wet. Kardes Türküler’s website & their Wikipedia entry. OTHER RESPONSES THE RINGO JETS: Spring of War OZBI: Asi (Rebel) Bo?aziçi Jazz Choir: “Çapulcu Musun Vay Vay” – Chapulling (Turkish: çapuling) is a neologism coined by Minister Erdo?an’s use of the term çapulcu (roughly translated to “looters”)


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THINGS ARE INDEED BAD IN TURKEY

New York Times Ad: “What’s Happening in Turkey?” Manifesto


Erdogan/Erdo?an in a recent confrontation with the miners’ relatives:

Erdogan/Erdo?an: “Niye Kaç?yorsun Lan ?srail Dölü!” -“Why are you running away from me – Israeli sperm!”
Stephen Colbert’s view on ‘Pro Gay Centipede Ray” in June 2013:

Yusuf Yerkel, one of Erdogan’s advisers, kicks protester – Photo: Reuters

Yusuf Yerkel, caught on camera, kicking a protester in Soma in Thursday, a day after the mining disaster (through the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News).