They gathered and marched. Police chased them with pepper spray and
tear gas and drove their tanks over people who offered the police food
in return. Two young people were run over by the tanks and were killed.
Another young woman, a friend of mine, was hit in the head by one of the
incoming tear gas canisters. The police were shooting them straight
into the crowd. After a three hour operation she is still in Intensive
Care Unit and in very critical condition. As I write this we don’t know
if she is going to make it. This blog is dedicated to her.
These people are my friends. They are my students, my relatives. They
have no «hidden agenda» as the state likes to say. Their agenda is out
there. It is very clear. The whole country is being sold to corporations
by the government, for the construction of malls, luxury condominiums,
freeways, dams and nuclear plants. The government is looking for (and
creating when necessary) any excuse to attack Syria against its people’s
On top of all that, the government control over its people’s personal
lives has become unbearable as of late. The state, under its
conservative agenda passed many laws and regulations concerning
abortion, cesarean birth, sale and use of alcohol and even the color of
lipstick worn by the airline stewardesses.
People who are marching to the center of Istanbul are demanding their
right to live freely and receive justice, protection and respect from
the State. They demand to be involved in the decision-making processes
about the city they live in.