PROTECT & RESIST
We are taking a pause this week to raise awareness about what’s happening in Turkey. I made this political comic, with some hope of doing so. Please Share this. So, let’s see what’s happening!
I first heard about this a week or so ago, with my niece tweeting that they need a doctor at a certain cross street, and RTing about how the police is blocking ambulances to go into the neighborhood, and people are getting injured and gassed. Apparently, all Turkish media is full of assholes, and they are bought by the government. During the Riots, CNN Turkey was airing a documentary about Penguins. Are you kidding me? This became an instant meme, and a symbol of the revolution as such:
The whole thing is a mess. It started as a small, environmentalist protest of government’s plans to demolish a park to build a mall. Have you seen that movie? Right? Yet, the police ended up burning the tents of the protesters while they’re sleeping, and it kept escalating from then on. Now, the entire country is in uprising. Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara, all the major city streets are filled with people, protecting their land, and resisting the fascist goverment of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. I knew he was an asshole, and mentioned him in Page 4.14 a while back. Anyway, I am angry. I wish I was back home, protecting Gezi. Yet, for now, all I can do is what I do best. Make art, and post about it.
Let’s quote some websites: PolicyMic
The protests began with a peaceful demonstration against government plans to demolish Gezi Park in Taksim Square, the last significant green space in central Istanbul, and replace it with a “replica Ottoman-era army barracks that would house a shopping mall.” Police attacked the Occupy-style protesters camping out in the park with tear gas during a dawn raid, barricaded the park, and in a later raid set fire to some of the tents. According to Mashallah News, “Friday morning saw the most aggressive use of force yet, with police using water cannons and excessive force in an attempt to clear the park of people delivering speeches, chanting, singing, and preparing camps.” The Turkish Doctors’ Association reports that almost 1,000 people were injured in Istanbul on Friday, including six who lost eyes after being hit by tear-gas canisters.
You can read the rest over there. I’ve been following @OccupyGeziNews, it seems to be the best source of information. This entire Revolution is being tweeted, and there is no mainstream media coverage.
VICE magazine has an amazing Documentary shot on the scene, please watch and share that also, and watch it right here:
Thank you for reading. We will continue SPINE next week. Remember, 4 more pages.