LOCAL > Turkish opposition deputy confirms attack on Istanbul park forum, voices concern


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Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Melda Onur has confirmed the attack on a forum at Yeniköy Park during a televised interview with Halk TV, saying the emergence of violent confrontations between people with different political views was worrying.

A group of around 30 people attacked a forum organized last night at Yeniköy Park in support of the Gezi protests, reportedly lead by the town’s headman, Engin Cevahiroğlu. The forum crowd was reportedly first warned by Cevahiroğlu to “stop playing pots and pans,” according to daily Hürriyet. One person was wounded as a result of the attack.

An investigation has been launched into the incident, Istanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu said today.

Forums have started being held in various parks around the city, since the Gezi Park crowds were dispersed by the police forces, and are open to everyone who wishes to join in.

Bikini women detained

Meanwhile, earlier in the day a woman in a bikini was spotted dancing at Taksim Square as part of the ongoing protests, prompting a reaction from the bystanders. One woman in particular responded harshly to the bikini demonstration, shouting at the bikini-clad Mine Dost.

Other protesters intervened and told the woman to back off and leave Dost alone to complete her demonstration. The woman this time insulted and attacked the fellow protesters, until Dost put back on her clothes to prevent any further troubles, stating that she would soon be back.

Dost reappeared at the square in the evening hours and repeated her act. This time, however, the police stepped in and detained her, taking her to the Taksim Police Department for questioning.

Dost was reportedly born in Germany to Turkish parents and is a doctor, according to daily Hurriyet.

A wide range of demonstrations has been sweeping the nation since Gezi Park, where the movement against government pressure originated, was emptied and locked down after a heavy police intervention.

A wave of what have been dubbed “standing man” protests has also appeared, after performance artist Erdem Gündüz stood in silence in Taksim Square for six hours on June 17, with hundreds joining him in similar protests nationwide.

Gündüz himself was detained by police for a short period of time, so protesters in the square placed a mannequin in his place to symbolically represent him.

Istanbul Governor's Office: No notification of missing persons


The Istanbul Governor's Office denied June 21 claims by the Bar Association that nine people were still missing after the clashes over the Gezi Park protests.

"No notification about people being missing has been made to the Police Department," a statement by the Governor's Office said.

The Istanbul Bar had said that of 146 people in unreported custody, 137 were located by lawyers but the whereabouts of nine were still unknown.


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Brit in Turkey

6/22/2013 12:27:50 PM

mara: "Haven't you been forced to drink alcohol on a weekly basis since you moved to Turkey?" It's been so difficult to keep it up and keep the diet in check. 8-)

young genius

6/22/2013 4:06:46 AM

@Umit Dogan please don't exaggerate. sure there are some that will force you but Turks won't force you to do something you don't want to do. people that are demonstrating are not protesting to make other people drink alcohol too! they're demonstrating for a right to have a personal choice in the future in Türkiye.

michele suzanne

6/22/2013 2:38:25 AM

@ Mara - (Re your second and third post) "Surely you can't be serious? Please Please tell me that you were being facetious ....." L O L

michele suzanne

6/22/2013 2:31:26 AM

Mara - I think we all know that Sultan's tongue was firmly planted in his cheek. ;)

mara mcglothin

6/21/2013 8:08:11 PM

Correct DAVE Haven't you been forced to drink alcohol on a weekly basis since you moved to Turkey????

mara mcglothin

6/21/2013 6:30:48 PM

UMIT You are sooo correct. I have many times visited Istanbul and been forced to drink or leave the table!

Dave Chapman

6/21/2013 6:16:32 PM

@UMIT: What planet are you on? What on earth are you talking about? The whole point of ALL of this is the 'each to his own' ethos. I don't care to which or if you pray to a/the God, whether you play the Saxophone or the Sitar, whether you drink Efes or Ayran, and neither do I care which party you voted for. All ANYBODY cares about is that their freedom to do as they wish - including YOU, is respected. It really is that simple. I would be amazed if anybody else thought any different.

Richard Wyatt

6/21/2013 5:00:49 PM

Umit, rather a bizarre statement from you. Do you have evidence that most of those people are as you assert, or is it just wishful thinking on your part?

mara mcglothin

6/21/2013 3:46:12 PM

CILGIN The AKP is always touted as being great economic leaders and all they have done for the economy, BUT really their greatest skill is the further polarization of a society that has always been somewhat in opposition to each other. SULTAN Surely you can't be serious? Please Please tell me that you were being facetious and your post is not truly how you feel?

Umit Dogan

6/21/2013 2:32:08 PM

You guys must know that most of the so-called "Gezi Park Protesters" are actually closer to fachism than you might think. They do disrespect the rural population and think their "votes" should not be considered as important as those of the "cities". They disrespect and hate even a westerner who does not drink alcohol. They applaud you when you play a western instrument and hate those that play eastern instruments or think those are talibans...and they are ok with crushing and stoning Kurds...
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