[Istanbul Diaries IX] Attack on a Youth Federation

Erdogan flexs his muscles and hundreds of cops attack left-wing districts.

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„After the antiterrorist squad broke through the roof and the window, they started firing pepper-balls and gas grenades, then stormed the house and destroyed everything in their path. They burned our laptops, vandalized our rooms and they even broke our pet bird’s neck. Afterwards they took us to the police station and continued hitting and abusing us,“ Mustafa*, one of the youths from the left-wing Alevi district of Okmeydani, Istanbul, tells me. [Istanbul Diaries IX] Attack on a Youth Federation weiterlesen

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[Istanbul Diaries IX] Angriff auf Jugendföderation

Erdogan lässt die Muskeln spielen und hunderte Bullen in linke Kieze einreiten.

jfoederation4„Nachdem die Antiterroreinheiten das Dach und die Fenster aufgebrochen hatten, schossen sie mit Pepperballs und Gasgranaten rein, sie stürmten das Haus und zerstörten alles, was ihnen in den Weg kam. Sie haben unsere Laptops verbrannt, unsere Zimmer verwüstet und selbst unserem Vogel haben sie den Hals umgedreht. Dann haben sie uns mit auf die Station genommen wo wir weiter geschlagen und Misshandelt wurden“, erzählt mir Mustafa*, ein Jugendlicher aus dem linken alevitischen Stadtteil Okmeydani in Istanbul.

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Der Tourist

Julius_Fučík_2Buchrezension zu Julius Fučíks „Eine Reise nach München“ von 1934     Von Pat Batemensch

„Menschen, ich hatte euch lieb, seid wachsam!“ Es ist ein ungebrochener Trend bürgerlicher Erinnerungskultur, zu reduzieren und damit an immer falscher Stelle zu relativieren. Was bringt es auch, sich mit Menschen und ihrem Schaffen auseinanderzusetzen, wenn den absoluten und gottgleichen Überblick doch eh nur der ominöse Datenkrake von aus dem All erlangen kann. Nein, lieber ins gemachte Nest setzen, sich das schmucke Che-Shirt überstreifen, Punkt 20.15 Uhr den neuesten alten Schmodder von Stefan Raab anschalten, so lange, bis dann endlich alle mal sagen: „Eigentlich…“ Der Tourist weiterlesen

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[Istanbul Diarys VII] Türk Polisi ve Basın Özgürlüğü

IMG_6360İstanbul’a 1 Mayıs için gelmiş olan tek gazeteciler bizler değildik.
Frankfurt’tan bazı arkadaşlarımız da bir video-belgesel çekmek amacıyla gelmişlerdi. Bu Erdoğan’ın köpeklerinin pek hoşuna gitmedi ve arkadaşlarımız sivil polisin hedefi hâline geldiler. Yoldaşlarımızın yaşadıklarını sizlere aktarıyoruz.

1 Mayıs bizim için erken başladı, 26 Nisan 2014 günü. Gezi eylemlerinden sonra, Gezi eylemlerinin Türkiye toplumuna etkilerini kayıt altına almak amacıyla bir kez daha İstanbul’a gittik. Bunun bir parçası olarak farklı insanlarla röportaj düzenlemek amacıyla randevular aldık. İHD (İnsan Hakları Derneği), ÇHD (Avukatlar), sendikalar (DİSK ve KESK), gazeteciler, BDP, HDP, CHP, TGB gibi partiler ve pek tabi ki devrimci gruplar vardı bu isimlerin arasında.

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“Fate” or Murder?

somatitelHundreds of workers died due to a technical fault in a coal-mine in Turkey. The left-wing movement is calling it a “massacre”

Soma, a little town in western Turkey, has a population of about 10, 000 and a coal mine. The latter is operated by Soma Holding, whose CEO Alp Gürkan is close to the governing AKP. The group recently implemented ongoing cost-saving measures, and praised itself for massively reducing the price of coal. A safety-check demanded by the CHP opposition was denied a few weeks ago by Erdogans‘ AKP, and so the inevitable happened: after a “technical fault”, the death toll is currently 298 workers, but the number keeps rising and more than 100 workers are still missing. Numbered among the dead is a 15-year old boy who was working in the mine. “Fate” or Murder? weiterlesen

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Hounds against Antifascists

For the Austrian Police the bludgeoning of antifascist IMG_20140517_152952895_HDRdemonstrations has become to some kind of quarterly routine. After using truncheons and pepper gas against the protests around this years “Akademikerball” in the end of January, last Saturday was the second time this year that the cops attacked an antifascist demonstration with completely disproportionate means.

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[Istanbul Diaries VII] Turkish police and the freedom of press

IMG_6360We were not the only journalists, being in Istanbul around the first of May. Some friends of us from Frankfurt have also been there to shoot a video-documentary. This again, was not liked to much by Erdogans bloodhounds, and so they became the target of the civilian police. We are documenting the memory protocol of our comrades.

The first of May started for us early at 26th of April 2014. After the Geziprotests we traveled again to Istanbul to shoot a documentary about the influence which the Geziprotests had on the Turkish society. As a part of this, we have made some appointments for interviews with different people. Be it IHD (human rights association), CHD(lawyers), unions (DISK and KESK), journalists, parties like BDP, HDP, CHP, TGB- and of course also the revolutionary groups.

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[Grüße aus dem Binnenland VI] Hunde gegen AntifaschistInnen

Für die österreichische Polizei wird das Niederprügeln antifaschistischer Demos offenbar gerade zum vierteljährlichen Routinevergnüngen. Nach dem Knüppel- und Pfefferspray-Einsatz gegen die Proteste rund um den „Akademikerball“ Ende Jänner wurde am vergangenen Samstag nun schon zum zweiten Mal in IMG_20140517_152952895_HDRdiesem Jahr eine Demonstration gegen Rechts völlig unverhältnismäßig von den Bullen attackiert. Die „Identitären“ – der neueste Versuch rechtsradikaler Dumpfbacken, mittels „seriösem“ Auftreten in die Mitte der Gesellschaft einzubrechen – hatten einen Marsch durch Wien angemeldet. Dem Aufruf der Barbourjacken-Faschos waren etwa 50 bis 70 Menschen gefolgt, zu einem Gutteil waren diese offenbar aus den Nachbarländern angereist – die Mobilisierungsfähigkeit der in Frankreich erfundenen „Bewegung“ hält sich hierzulande in sehr engen Grenzen.

 

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Resistance and loathing after the Soma Massacre

somaprotest1It is now been four days after the Soma disaster, as the number of dead has rose to 292 (1). Turkey, yet again, has become the site of riots and demonstrations. While the unions made calls for a strike, coal workers all around the country were marching the streets, and thousands of people have again taken the streets in Istanbul, Tarsus, Izmir, Adana, Samsun and some districts of Istanbul where riots still continue such as Kadikoy, Taksim, Gazi Mahallesi.

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