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Full-page ad in NY Times backs Turkey protesters

Supporters of Turkish protests raise 100,000 dollars in a few days to send message to Erdogan

AFP, Friday 7 Jun 2013
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Supporters of the protests in Turkey ran a full-page ad in Friday's New York Times to explain why the demonstrators are so angry with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government.

The supporters raised more than $100,000 in five days over the Internet to pay for the ad.

The title is "What's Happening in Turkey?", with smoke from a tear gas canister drifting across the words.

"People of Turkey have spoken: we will not be oppressed," it reads.

It goes on to say that in the 10 years Erdogan has been in power, the people of Turkey have seen their civil rights and freedoms erode steadily, with many journalists, artists and elected officials arrested.

This, plus restrictions on freedom of speech, minority and women's rights, "all demonstrate that the ruling party is not serious about democracy."

The ad is signed by the Gezi Democracy Movement, which takes its name from the Istanbul park where the protests started a week ago before spreading elsewhere in the country.

It was paid for with an Internet fundraising drive that brought in $102,000, twice as much as what had been expected.

More than 2,500 people chipped in, most with sums of less than $50, organizers told AFP.

A rally to show solidarity with the Turkish protesters is scheduled for Saturday in New York. Organizers say they expect several thousand people to attend.

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Citizen Kayne
08-06-2013 07:56pm
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Why run squealing to America?
Why do the protesters feel that they need to take out an ad in the NYT? Is the average American citizen so concerned with the domestic policies of other nations? I don't think so. Do they want American politicians to take notice? Possibly. Hmmm... What has US intervention been like in this region, or any other region for that matter? I don't the US has the best track record. If the protesters prefer foreign intervention then they aren't very patriotic. They certainly aren't very democratic themselves. They should oppose Erdogan via the political process by not voting for him again next time. The same goes for Egyptians unhappy with Morsi. They should vote him out next time, instead of bringing the country to its knees through violent protest.Theses demonstrators in both countries are walking hypocrites. They want democracy but reject the outcome of the democratic process. You can't have it both ways, unless you're unjust.
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Snapdragon
07-06-2013 11:45pm
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Solidarity Is Global
The peaceful uprising of Turkish people is an inspiration to those who strive to free and redeem the world. We hope the bloody hand of vested power will be stayed and there will be real dialogue across the breadth of Turkish society. Greetings and warm embrace from your comrades in Occupy, in the United States and everywhere. We are rising. Expect us.
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