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Noam Chomsky slammed the brutal police crackdown on the Gezi Park protests.

Noam Chomsky slammed the brutal police crackdown on the Gezi Park protests.

Outspoken American linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky has condemned the brutal police crackdown on protesters denouncing the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, saying it recalled "the most shameful moments of Turkish history."

He showed his support for the Gezi Park occupiers by sending a video message with a banner saying "I am also a 'çapulcu' in solidarity."

"Çapulcu" means "marauder" in English and it refers to a speech by the Turkish prime minister, who dismissively referred to protesters as "marauders."

The following video was uploaded on the video sharing network Youtube on June 4:

Gezi Park crackdown recalls 'most shameful moments of Turkish history,' says Chomsky

"I would like to join Amnesty International and others who defend basic human rights in condemning the brutal measures of the state authorities in response to the peaceful protests in Taksim in Central Istanbul," Chomsky said in a written statement June 1.

"The reports of the past few days are reminiscent of some of the most shameful moments of Turkish history, which, it seemed, had been relegated to the past during the progress of the past years that has been welcomed and praised by all of us who wish the best for Turkey and its people," he added.

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality had planned to replace the little green patch surrounded by multi-storey hotels with a reproduction of the Artillery Barracks ("Topçu Kışlası") that used to occupy the sight. According to the project revealed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the barracks would be converted into a shopping mall and could also serve as a residence with social facilities.

However, the plans stirred huge debate among Istanbul locals, who objected to the conversion of one of the last green areas at the heart of the city into yet another shopping mall.


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Çılgın Kanarya

9/1/2013 4:18:26 PM

Ha ha, are Yeni Şafak going to publish these latest comments of Chomsky? (with a few innocent alterations, of course, lol). I think we'll be waiting a long time. DUTCH TURK tries to rationalize the police brutality by comparing it to the actions of Dutch police: "The only difference is that in Istanbul gas + water was used", he claims. The only difference is that in Istanbul (& in dozens of other cities), it was gas + CHEMICAL water + rubber bullets + gas canisters used as giant projectiles!

mara mcglothin

6/7/2013 4:46:16 PM

DUTCHTURK So because he won the election, he has the right to kill people???? Since he won the election and made a fine speech about representing all Turkish people, EVEN if they didn't vote for him, he should hold up his side of the bargain. Democracy is NOT just the will of the majority but the protection of the minority as well.

Robert Moran

6/7/2013 1:52:58 PM

Does anyone remember Hitler? What about Idi Amin? Stalin? And dozen of others how should not be called HUMAN. Does anyone see Mr, Erdogan in this light? I am an American Muslim who is ashamed that the youth of Turkiye were gassed. It should never have taken place....it is against every tenet of Allah, Muhammad and the Koran. It is a disgrace to Turkey and Mr. Erdogan, who should be careful if he is going to run for president.


6/6/2013 12:18:56 PM

@Levent, really, what happened to the Occupy protests in the Netherlands? First they were tolerated, but when the municipalities had enough, the police was ordered to clear the areas, some occupiers left on own will, while some were removed by force, either by carying or by using sticks, the only difference is that in Istanbul water+gas was used. @Mara, i wouldnt accept the death of 1 Turkish brother over the presence of Erdogan if he had power undemocratically,but he won the election, accept it

Olga Turcotte

6/5/2013 2:01:37 AM

I wonder what Dershowitz thinks of all this??

Ali Kanat

6/4/2013 5:09:46 PM

Can somebody tell me why I care what Chomsky thinks?

mara mcglothin

6/3/2013 6:14:34 PM

DUTCHTURK Wake up and smell the hot tea man! Erdogan has not been good for Turkey. He has only further polarized a society that has always been distrustful of the "others". This is no different. Finally he is about to reap what he has been slowing sowing for quite some time now.

saraybosna sokolu

6/3/2013 12:41:22 PM

chomsky long time russian employee

John Makel

6/3/2013 9:48:06 AM

Chomsky is a wonderful example of an ilustrated stupid acting in an unknown field. To john albay's "ilustration" he is also anti-zionist.

Levent Vatandas

6/3/2013 1:25:39 AM

@AmericanAmerican and @DutchTurk, hello I am Dutch. if Erdogan is so good for Turkey, why did he not allow the peaceful protests on the news but since today only the violent ones I am not a conspiracy theorist, however I am positive that good things can have bad backgrounds . if you don't understand don't :) but know this. If you say you are a democrat, every voice counts (even that of a looter)
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