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Tue Jul 2 2013 (Updated 07/18/13)Solidarity with the People of Turkey
Tue Jul 2 2013 (Updated 07/18/13)Bay Area Actions Oppose State Repression in Turkey and Around the World
As daily anti-government protests rocked Istanbul, demonstrators in the Bay Area showed solidarity against Turkish state repression with protests in Berkeley, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and Oakland, in addition to the establishment of Gezi Gardens in San Francisco.
The protests in Turkey began May 28 at Istanbul's Taksim Gezi Park, against plans to turn the loved and historic city park into a shopping mall. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan brutally attacked the peaceful demonstrators. Protests then erupted in opposition to Erdogan's crackdowns on political freedom, and moves by Erdogan's semi-Islamist government to limit alcohol sales and to outlaw signs of affection in public. The subsequent police violence against the people of Turkey has resulted in a number of casualties and injured thousands.
Organizers of the upcoming Rally for Rights in Santa Cruz state: "It doesn't matter whether the government is led by reactionary Islamists in Turkey, secular social democrats in Brazil, or conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats in the U.S., the systems they rule over are the same, and serve only the interests of the 1%."
Berkeley: Stop The Attacks On The People Of Turkey-SF/Berkeley Rallies Against Gov Repression | Occupy GeziParki Turkey (Solidarity with Turkey)
Occupy Gezi Gardens, San Francisco: San Francisco Police Swarm Gezi Gardens to Prevent Re-Occupation | Neighbors in San Francisco's D11 join the battle for green space and community | Hayes Valley Farm Raided by Police (with photo essay) | Riot Police Raid Gezi Gardens and Evict Tree-Sit; People Prepare to Re-Occupy on Friday | Gardens being demolished in SF | Occupation of Gezi Gardens Continues as Hundreds Attend Saturday Event | Statement of Solidarity of Gezi Gardens and March with the people of Istanbul and Turkey | Tree Sitters Successfully Turn Away Workers Sent to Cut Trees at former Hayes Valley Farm | Gezi Gardens Issued Eviction Notice! All Out to Defend Farm for June 8th Festival | Interview with Ryan Rising at Liberate the Land Occupation in SF | First Day of Land Liberation Action in San Francisco at new #GeziGardens
Santa Cruz: Confronting Uncle Sam at Rally for Rights | Rally For Rights followed by Candlelight Vigil
Oakland:Hella Heart Gezi
San Francisco: SF Action To Protest Attack By Turkey's Government On Istanbul's Gezi Park
Palo Alto: Palo Alto No Keystone Project with Occupy Gezi (Solidarity with Turkey)
Statements of Solidarity with the People of Turkey: San Francisco Labor Council Calls For Defense of Labor & the Working People Of Turkey | Solidarity with #direngeziparki and the people of Turkey | Anonymous Operation Turkey
Read More on Turkey: Turkey: Epicenter of Police State Violence | Despite Brutal Crackdown, Protesters Continue to Hold Gezi Park | Brutal Police Action Takes Taksim Square By Force | Turkey: Workers Begin General Strike as Protests and Government Repression Continue | Photographic Evidence: Turkish police are hiding the bodies of their dead victims | Anti-Government Protests Rock Turkey | Turkey, Casualties Mount as Corporate Media Blackout Continues | Despite Brutal Crackdown, Uprising in Turkey Continues