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Catch Up on the Demonstrations in Turkey in 7 Minutes: VIDEO

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IF you haven't been following the demonstrations in Turkey, or are aware of the uprising against the government underway at the moment but not in on some of the details, here's a great video that will get you caught up.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

The resistance against Erdogan's government are some of the largest demonstrations in years, and have brought together many of Istanbul's minority groups, including LGBTs.

The Guardian:

Resting in the shade of a tree next to a stand manned by the LGBT activists of Lambda Istanbul, 29-year-old consultant Onur Aygünes said that for the first time he felt as if there was real momentum behind a larger political movement: "My friends and I felt increasingly oppressed in Turkey, but this is very inspiring. Most of the people here have never been politically active."

Aygünes, who has participated in rallies such as the Istanbul Gay Pride or Mayday demonstrations, believes the excessive police violence used in the square was counter-productive, bringing more and more people onto the streets, rather than deterring them. "I  have been teargassed for the first time here, and all it did was to make me more determined."

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  1. Sigh. Once again, the U.S. government backs a thug in power. Unfortunately, his opponents, are more accurately the power behind these protesters, are pretty dubious. So many societies in the world see dramatic shifts from the far right to far left, from the rigidly secular to the theocratic and religious. Rinse, repeat.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 5, 2013 9:07:27 AM


  2. I have been following this on twitter the entire time thanks to a few old friends, one of which is Turkish (an amazing pianist). I've been baffled that the American news media seemed to be ignoring the story until yesterday.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Jun 5, 2013 9:44:22 AM


  3. Houdentenor, I quit watching American news a long time ago. I watch one of the "world news" style programs. It seems that each station/news corp really only provides the news that advances the owners cause(s).

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jun 5, 2013 12:36:54 PM


  4. I don't understand why LGBT people are supporting these "protests" was nobody paying attention to what happened in Egypt?

    Posted by: Brian Stroup | Jun 5, 2013 1:00:12 PM


  5. Houndentenor,

    We are ignoring this, because we helped the democratically elected Erdogan stay in power (as opposed to having another coup d'etat by the Turkish military).

    Brian,

    The LGBT people are supporting the protests, because these are thought to be mostly secularist people protesting against what they see as the religious takeover of the secular Turkish Republic. This is not just about some environmentalist issues in a park. Erdogan and his party have been thwarting advance of LGBT rights, women's rights, secularism...

    Recently, the gov't has introduced restrictions on alcohol sales, warnings against kissing in public, they even wanted to introduce new hardcore uniforms for the Turkish Airlines attendants and restrict their use of lipstick. The govt introduced classes on religion in schools. People (including the LGBTs) are seeing the state become more and more Islamist.

    Posted by: Victor | Jun 5, 2013 1:57:05 PM


  6. They are brave men and women.

    Posted by: Thomas | Jun 5, 2013 2:55:22 PM


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