On September 9, 2013 Ahmet Atakan, aged 22, was murdered by the police forces during a peaceful protest. He was shot in the head with a teargas canister, a ‘common practice’ by the Turkish police, which is in clear violation of its internationally recognized use as a non-lethal crowd disperser. Since the beginning of peaceful Gezi protests in early June, Mehmet Ayvalıtaş, Abdullah Cömert, Ethem Sarısülük, Ali Ismail Korkmaz and Medeni Yıldırım were killed by the Turkish police forces. Selim Önder, Irfan Tuna and Zeynep Eryaşar died due to teargas overexposure.
The Turkish government, the most fierce proponent of an international military intervention into Syria, has taken it upon herself to suppress civil liberties and spread violence within and without Turkey. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Syria in past few years and millions of people have been displaced and forced to take refuge in neighboring countries. People of Turkey continue to protest against the government warmongering in Syria and the oppression of their civil liberties in Turkey.
We are gathering to protest the violence perpetrated by the Erdogan government against peaceful protesters in Turkey and the innocent population of Syria.
“When the government targets the right to live, life itself becomes resistance to the government”