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Archive for the month “October, 2013”

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Our next goal is to push the US legislature (you know, if they ever get back to work) to ban the production and distribution of tear gas. We will begin posting petition information in the coming month or two, with the idea of going live with a national petition on January 1. We will also have resources for those who want to help change policy at the state level. If you believe in the cause, please help us solidify forces. Tell your friends about http://www.banteargasnow.com and ask them to join our Facebook group. Thank you for your support!

“Cruel, Inhuman, Degrading Treatment On A Massive Scale”

İSTANBUL DISPATCHES

THE RECENT RELEASE OF the aptly-titled ‘Contempt for Freedom’ by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) documents in great detail the disproportionate use of force by the Turkish state police in response to the anti-government protests this year. The unparalleled demonstrations in June were ignited by the ferocious police attacks on a sit-in in Taksim’s Gezi Park in late May. Over the course of one week, what began as a peaceful occupation to halt an unauthorized dig to make way for a controversial shopping mall, rapidly escalated into nationwide unrest, driven by shocking reports & images of excessive police action flooding social media, alongside a largely silent mainstream Turkish media &, not least, by an overly blunt reaction from the ruling AKP.

As the accompanying press release from the New York-based NGO outlines, police “attacked independent medical personnel who courageously provided care to the injured in accordance with international medical ethical…

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