protests in turkey

dear people,

as you may know, i was in istanbul for the last few days. i arrived last week on thursday and stayed until monday; i hope you’re informed that on friday some serious protest started in istanbul, the police was (and still is) extremely violent towards the protestors, on friday and on sunday we could smell  tear gas all over the city, i almost couldn’t believe it. it all started because the government wants to build a shopping mall in one of the few remaining parks in istanbul, but  the protests grew rapidly and now they are against the “dictator” erdogan and his political party.  
worst of all, the turkish media are not reporting about what’s going on in the whole country and also the “occupy turkey”-page on facebook disappeared two days ago. nevertheless the people there stick togehter, everyone cares about the injured persons and it’s not only the young people who are protesting.

those are the pictures i took; we saw more protestors in the evenings, but unfortunately i left the camera at home… i’m sorry for the bad quality but i took those when i was sitting in a taxi.

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i don’t know if you can see it but there are thousands of people on the bridge walking towards the city center

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on sunday evening there was an appeal on facebook to be loud at 9 p.m., that meant all the people who were at home should make noise with pans and cooking spoons, it was amazing how many people joined this appeal. i was truly overwhelmed about this solidarity…
i was staying with two turkish friends of mine and was glad about that because it was very authentic and of course we also made some noise and tured on and off the light!

here’s a video i took on sunday evening (i know, i’m not the best cameraperson ;) but i think you get the message)

this video also may be interesting!

9 thoughts on “protests in turkey

  1. Your photo fourth from the top is wonderful, and my mommy really liked seeing your video and hearing the sounds. My humans’ thoughts have been with all the wonderful people they met on their trip to Turkey last year . . . and with you. They are so happy that you were able to be a witness to history, and most of all that you are safe. My humans visited Tunisia just before the Arab Spring. It is amazing that we can casually visit a place and have no idea of the struggles that its people face.

    • thank you miss harper lee!
      it’s awesome that your humans thought of all the people who are protesting for their rights! it was a great experience for me indeed, i wish i could have stayed in istanbul for longer… but somehow i am also happy that i’m back home safe!
      i also hope my friends there are safe, i have to talk to them today, but as for me… i never was afraid that anything could happen to me, except the tear gas… they really used a lot of it!

    • yeah, i’m glad about that too :) and i was kind of lucky to be there… in the middle of history. it was a great and at the same time shocking experience!
      thanks for your comment!

    • hihih, the circumstances around me made me become a little photojournalist. but soon life will get back to “boring” normality!

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