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The June Days in Turkey: an update - by Emre Eren Korkmaz (DISK)

The June Days of the massive mass mobilization in Turkey continue.
Last Saturday (22.06) hundred thousands gathered in Taksim Square for commemorating martyred comrades of the resistance, However while people were leaving the Square peacefully at 8 pm, police once again attacked over crowds and until morning, people clashed against police. On Sunday, hundred thousands met in Kadıköy to commemorate the 20th year of the Sivas Massacre in which Islamist fascist groups surrounded a hotel in Sivas city and killed 40 progressive intellectuals and artists by burning them who had been there for a festival.
In Ankara as well, ten thousands gathered to protest government and police attacked over people. In Izmir, Eskişehir, Bursa and many other cities and towns people insist on their rights and liberties. 
 
Taksim Solidarity, a coalition compose of over 120 mass organizations including DISK, declared that struggle will continue until the fundamental demands are achieved. On Saturdays, people will gather in main squares of cities and everyday at 9 pm, there will be mass meetings in public parks in each district where people discuss and share their ideas as a democratic platform of the direct democracy.
From the other hand, PM Erdogan organizes counter mass meetings against the mass mobilization, aiming to consolidate its support and polarize the society. He repeatedly lies and insults to protestors by exploiting religious and national feelings of the society by claiming that protestors were drinking alcohol in mosques and attacking women wearing headscurfs which are proved to be wrong. Additionally, government started a"witch hunt" and arrested over 100 people.
It is estimated by Taksim Solidarity that almost 10 million people participated to the protests.
Yesterday Ministry of Interior stated that in 79 cities (there are 81 cities in Turkey), 2.5 million people joined demonstrations. However it is clear that in Istanbul over 2 million gathered in Taksim Square. However if it was even 2.5 million, this also demonstrates the fact that this is the biggest challange to the authoritarian-one man rule of the AKP Government.
The June Days of the mobilization of the society in Turkey also provided inspiration to the art and many artictic groups showed their creativity to support democratic and peaceful uprising of people. Below you may find some of the most known musical products of the June Days.
In solidarity

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OO_wYd1tK0o
the song written and composed by turkish artists living in ew york 
the song composed by the well known Turkish classical music composer Fazil Say:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqPSZ8uqBZM
people chanting: "pepper gas, oleyy":
music group "kardeş türküler" with english sub title
turkish famous rock group "Duman" composed a song for the resistance
Boğaziçi University Jaz Group singing at the Gezi Park
"everyday i am chapulling- remix" Chapul:looter)
Middle east technical university classical music group
spanish song "la chapullita" (Pm told us chapulcu (looter)
famous turkish pop singer nazzan oncel's resistance song
istanbul gas festival
more gas, more struggle againts the dictator
a black sea song for the resistance
turkish protestors defending them from police by caterpillar
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Emre Eren Korkmaz
DİSK Tekstil İşçileri Sendikası
Örgütlenme ve Uluslararası İlişkiler Dairesi Müdürü
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Director of Organizing and International Relations
Textile Workers Union/Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey

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