PM Erdogan’s shocking remarks and Turkish police brutality against OccupyGezi protesters

What PM Erdoğan said:

  • With Turkish media otherwise giving scant reports about the protests, many turned to social media outlets for information on the unrest. “There is now a menace which is called Twitter,” Erdogan said. “The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.”
  • Erdogan reiterated that his government would not back away from plans to uproot trees at Taksim as part of his urban renovation plans for the area. In a statement that could cause more controversy, he also declared that a mosque would be built at Taksim. The mosque plans have long been contentious because it would further shrink the green spaces in Istanbul’s city center. Some argue that there are already plenty of mosques around Taksim. “I am not going to seek the permission of the (the opposition) or a handful of looters,” Erdogan said.
  • Journalist Fatih Altayli asks: but not everyone drinking alcohol isn’t alcoholic? Turkish PM #Erdogan says, yes, all of them are alcoholic
  • Erdogan called the protests “ideological” and manipulated by an opposition “unable to beat (the government) at the ballot box.” He said 89 police vehicles, 42 private cars, four buses and 94 businesses were destroyed by the “vandalism” of the past two days.
  • Alluding to his party’s strong base, Erdogan said he had the power to summon much larger numbers of his supporters at rallies. “Our supporters are calling and saying `are we going to stay silent?’ but I am urging calm,” he said in an interview with Haberturk television.

And what is the reality?

Injured Journalist Ahmet Sık

Posted on June 2, 2013
Injured Journalist
Turkish police are not throwing the tear gas on the ground as a standard practice but shooting them with “tear gas gun”. Journalist Ahmet Sik was hit in the head with one, being hospitalized

Blinded #3

A resister who was blinded by a gas can that was shot by police on his head.

Police & Gov’t Party together

Posted on June 2, 2013
Police & Gov't Party together
This is the second proof that police acted in solidarity with AKP Genclik (Gov’t youth sect) who carried sticks to beat resisters.

Blinded Academician

Posted on June 2, 2013
Blinded Academician
Academician from Yildiz Technical University blinded by a can that the police shot on his head.

Injured Student

Posted on June 2, 2013
Injured Student
Student that was beaten aggressively.


Posted on June 2, 2013
AKP party member (Mustafa Kaygusuz-AKP Antalya – Muratpasa Youth Organisation Vice-President) throwing rocks to public buildings to blame the peace resisters. He has a rock in his hand in this photo.

Ear Torn Old Man

Posted on June 2, 2013
Ear Torn Old Man
Old protester held his ripped-off ear in his hand until the late ambulance arrived.

Murder Attempt

Posted on June 2, 2013
Murder Attempt
Police throwing dozens of gas bombs inside Bahcesehir University and holding doors so that protesters cannot escape. The condition of victims still unknown.

Chemical Weapon Claim

Posted on June 2, 2013
Chemical Weapon Claim
Protesters claim the gas coming out of this can is different than the white tear gas used in the early stages of protest. The smoke was orange and caused paralysis and vomit on protesters, which raised the concern of “Orange Agent” (banned by UN) usage.

Real Bullets

Posted on June 2, 2013
Real Bullets
Real bullets used on Ethem Sarısülük from the murder scene in Ankara is collected. Ethem’s brain activities have stopped. His death announcement is soon.

Police in Disguise

Posted on June 2, 2013
Police in Disguise
Referred as “civil police” – police in disguise with dark blue caps moving together – infiltrated among protesters. There are claims of crashing ATMs or shops in order to blame the act on protesters.

Expired Tear Gas

Posted on June 2, 2013
Expired Tear Gas
Police used even the expired tear gas. This means the impact is unpredictable; not that it’s harmless but the opposite.


Posted on June 2, 2013
Ethem Sarısülük, shot by the police with real bullets in Ankara. Brain activities are confirmed to be stopped. His death will be announced soon.

Chemical Tayyip

Posted on June 2, 2013
Chemical Tayyip
The protester who’s tired of the use of teargas is holding a sign “Chemical Tayyip” referring to Prime Minister. Ironically the protester gets another shot of chemical tear gas. This was in the first fay of the protests.

Water Cannon Victim

Posted on June 2, 2013
Water Cannon Victim
Police Panzer (TOMA) shoots water on sitting protesters. The man hit in this picture is hospitalized, his condition remains in danger.

Plastic Bullet Victim

Posted on June 2, 2013
Plastic Bullet Victim
Young man who was shot with plastic bullet in the head. He suffered from respiratory problems as well, after the extensive use of teargas.

Murder Attempt

Posted on June 2, 2013
Murder Attempt
Egyptian protester who joined the ranks of Turkish ones was severely injured after police attack with TOMA (police panzer). She went into coma, but her condition is stable now.

Excessive Use of Force

Posted on June 2, 2013
Excessive Use of Force
This photo is right after Prime Minister’s speech that there were “few” cases of excessive use of force by police, and they were being investigated.
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