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Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Amnesty International condemns police crackdown in Turkey
Whatbegan as a peaceful
demonstration to save a parkin Istanbul hasturned into a terrible wave of
police repressionagainst protesters throughout Turkey.
than 100,000 people have turned out to protest the shockingly excessive
measures used by police to disperse peaceful demonstrators. Amateur video
footage from one demonstration shows police officers kicking seemingly
defenseless protestors and beating them with batons.
of protesters have been injured, many seriously, and there is at least one
fact, the use of tear gas in closed areas is now becoming a health risk for
protesters and bystanders alike. Not only have police used tear gas canisters
as a weapon by deliberately firing them directly at nonviolent protestors, buttear gas has also been fired
directly into homes, businesses and even at the entrance of a hospital. Video footage has also capturedvery young childrenbeing treated for the effects of tear gas.
does Turkey's Prime Minister have to say for this violence?
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoganblames "foreign
governments" and social mediafor corrupting "his people". He's
called Twitter a "curse" and social media "a pain in the side of
think I'm safe in saying that Twitter was not the cause of the outrageous and
abusive force used by Turkish police.