Tuesday, June 4, 2013



Temecula, CA - Presented now in the latest Living In A Mirror series is a story that is breaking. Perhaps you
have seen it, and maybe chuckled to yourself, "Bad hair day!"

The trending photo, seen above, makes light of the following statement:

"The United States and the European Union as well as human rights groups have expressed concern about the heavy-handed action of Turkish police against protesters.Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan branded the protesters on Monday extremists "living arm in arm with terrorism", a description that seems to sit ill with the image of the woman in red."

The protestors are in the streets to show outrage at Syrian intervention by the USA and Turkey, among others. -WARNING - After the jump another woman 'in red' and the aftermath of a disarmed citizenry. Graphic Adult Content.

This woman was critically injured by a teargas canister to the head, like Scott, the Iraqi Vet Occupier in Oakland, CA.

Compton never got this bad. So far the United States hasn't been a butcher to the general population.

Starting from the night of May 27, dozens of volunteers resumed their patrols around Taksim Gezi Park - one of the few remaining green spots in downtown Istanbul.
Following the police intervention and attacks, a group of activists set up tents and launched a campaign against the planned construction of a shopping mall in the area. The group started a petition and planted trees in the park where a handful of trees were uprooted yesterday.
Roughly 40 tents were set to provide accommodation for activists last night. Nearby cafes sent out canteens for snacks at night, while everyone pitched in to buy breakfast in the morning. 
Throughout the night, over 40,000 watched the demonstration online at lifestream.com/revoltistanbul, a channel that is expected to continue broadcasting tonight as well.

"Dear foreign friends,
Things are gettin' serious. And Istanbul needs your help, now.

Something brave and significant is happening in Istanbul, Turkey. A late blooming Occupy wave one might call it.

Citizens tired of a bullying government with its corrupt management of public spaces and reckless abuse of land are coming together to protect a public park in the heart of the Istanbul which is under the threat of being demolished so the 94th shopping mall can be built in its place. People are holding in spite of the brutal attacks by the police (today's attack was at 5am in the morning one shall point out! including tear gas bombs, burning the tents, hospitalizing a person...). It is the 3rd day now, more than 10,000 people have gathered in the park!
Meanwhile, public spaces are being sold to hotels, precious ecosystems are being wasted for more industry, power plants, 3rd bridge over Bosphorus!

This has become a matter about more than just saving trees. This is an 'I can do whatever I damn well want', fascist mentality that not only suppresses but attacks its own people.

To make matters worse, media channels are being censored so as not to display the news.

#direngeziparki is now the 2nd worldwide trending topic on Twitter.

Please help us to share this message and stop Erdogan's ruthless, inhumane acts.

What you can do:
- Forward this message to everyone you know
- Send your support messages through twitter with the #direngeziparki hashtag
- Tag @bbc @cnn @reuters and other large media channels in these posts
- Post this message on facebook
- Let your local and national media channels know

Please help spread the news globally.
We need all the support we can get now.
--- UPDATE 1 ----
So far 1 civilian has been killed, and hundreds are wounded."

Tüzün, a leader, explained their meeting with council officials as follows:
“Preservation Council verbally told us that they have requested information from municipalities of Istanbul and Beyoğlu to investigate the legal grounds of the ongoing construction.
He also added that they have demanded the copies of the documents but officials refused to provide them saying that they were between two official institutions.

The statement also acknowledged press representatives who were subjected to the police violence during demonstrations. Bülent Ünal, a cameraman from Ulusal Kanal who were hit in the head during the protests, told bianet that even though activists showed no intentions to use violence during their protest, police acted as if “they were facing an enemy”.
“Activists were also struggling so that their children could see the green. Why this hostility?” he said.

"Who will resist, if we don’t?"

Ankara Chamber of Medicines released a statement regarding the situation of today’s injured protestors after a series of police interventions in downtown Ankara.

The statement stated that police fired extreme amounts of gas bombs and several people were injured. Some protestors have been reported to be in critical condition.

The chamber cited 414 protestors injured with 15 in critical condition.

“All injuries were due to gas bombs canisters that caused direct traumas, canister burns, intervention vehicle crushing and falls during running away from police stones and canisters,” the statement said.

“Today, a peaceful and democratic demonstration ended with heavy police attacks and armed intervention.”

According to eyewitnesses, some police forces allegedly aimed their gas bomb rifles at protestors.

“The total amount of gas in Kızılay [downtown] and its surroundings made it hard to breath, spreading it residential homes and workplaces. There are people with asthma and critical heart diseases. Lives of thousands of citizens were put into danger,” the statement continued.

According to the input to the crisis desk, the chamber stated the situation and location of injured protestors as follows:

* Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Hospital, 12 injured with 1 head trauma,

* Numune Hospital, 30 injured, 1 grave head trauma,

* İbni Sina Hospital, 25 injured with 2 brain hemorrhage,

* Ankara Hospital, 7 injured,

* Hacettepe Hospital, 25 injured, 1 eye loss,

* Bayındır Kavaklıdere Hospital, 2 injured with 1 head trauma,

* Bayındır Söğütözü Hospital, 1 injured

* Çağ Hospital, 70 injured, burns and skin injuries due to gas bombs, 4 with broken limbs, 4 skull injuries.,

* Medicana Hospital, 31 injured with 30 being police officers.

* Akay Hospital, 105 injured.

In addition, some emergency rooms formed by democratic society organizations and political parties hospitalized roughly 100 injured people. The emergency room formed by Ankara Chamber of Medicines  received 7 injured protestors with 1 grave head trauma (AS/BM)
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