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occupygezipics:

An iconic picture taken in Ankara.

occupygezipics:

A man draws a picture of M. K. Ataturk on the wall.

stay-human:

THE PURPOSE OF A TRUE REVOLUTIONARY IS LIFE AFTER REVOLUTION. THE POINT OF A REVOLUTION IS THE END OF REVOLUTION.

That’s why I hate the insane romanticization of revolution. It’s also why I hate the propagation of the idea that you can ‘change the world’ —it leaves people with these grandiose ideas about how things change, grandiose ideas that have no basis in reality. 

You end up in a position where people (once they’re politically aware) all want to go out and yell in the streets and burn the current system to the ground but nobody is consciously prepared about what happens when you’re left with nothing but ashes. Revolution is easy. It’s not but it is. It’s easy relative to what comes after. Building society and living up to the claims that revolution will make life better: that’s the harder job and it’s a slow, tedious, almost thankless job.

Change does not come over night and all the world’s problems cannot be solved in one go. That’s what it seems like when you’re exhilarated and out in the streets, and it’s good to have hope in such a horrible world, but we cannot let that blind us to the actual work that has to be done. People have to be prepared to organize, to do the jobs that they don’t want to do, to look beyond individual wants to the needs of the collective society, to realize that there will always be counterrevolutionary forces and that a sustained effort has to be made after the revolution to make sure it is not subverted. The work of revolutionaries does not end when tyrants fall; that’s when it starts.

You cannot change the world and all revolutions do not produce something better than what existed before. Maybe romantic notions of revolution are helpful inasmuch they get people to join but there has to be a concerted effort on preparing everyone for what comes after and what can be done before so that they don’t crash and burn.

AND LIVE FOR REVOLUTION
INSTEAD OF ALWAYS DYING FOR IT
Technique (via stay-human)

occupygezipics:

Scenes of police brutality as PM Erdogan says police will not draw back.

LISTEN TO stay-human:

LIKE. PAKISTANIS HATED ZARDARI. HE DID A LOT OF SHIT THAT PEOPLE PROTESTED AGAINST. BUT THE POLITICAL SYSTEM WAS A DEMOCRACY NO MATTER HOW SCREWED UP. MUSHARRAF WAS A DICTATOR. ZARDARI WAS NOT NO MATTER HOW FUCKED UP HE WAS. AND SO, NO MATTER THE SHIT ERDOGAN IS PULLING RIGHT NOW HE IS STILL NOT A FUCKING DICTATOR. MUBARAK WAS A DICTATOR. BASHAR IS A DICTATOR. THIS IS NOT FUCKING ASTROPHYSICS. HEADS OF DEMOCRACIES FUCK UP TOO. LOOK AT OBAMA. SO-CALLED DEMOCRACIES ALSO BECOME REPRESSIVE POLICE STATES. SO WHY NOT ADDRESS THE ACTUAL PROBLEMS THAT EXIST ON GROUND INSTEAD ON RELYING ON FUCKING HYPERBOLE. 

occupygezipics:

In Eskisehir, people vs Police

newsweek:

#OccupyGezi

[Artist unknown…if you know who made this, tell ush/t Meg & Mike]

Pakistan and Turkey are two countries but ONE NATION.

Yesterday and today.
In history and in the future.

Now, and forever.


I express my unwavering support for and solidarity with my brothers and sisters protesting peacefully at Istanbul’s Gezi park to stop the unfettered expansion of capitalism and destruction of nature at the behest of “modernity” like malls and other capitalist constructions to placate the West and ease Turkey’s ascension into the European Union according to the wishes and desires of Occidental nations (whose unregulated capitalist financial systems are dragging themselves down into the abyss, whose people are themselves out on the streets - as in Greece - protesting unwarranted austerity measures that are now required because previous governments failed to control the rise of capitalism and in turn became puppets of capitalist masters instead of being servants of the people). 

I vociferously and wholeheartedly CONDEMN the police oppression and state brutality being imposed by PM Erdogan on the peaceful protesters, who are now being forced to fight back against police forces in Istanbul. 

Now Turkey’s Islamist leaders and AKP hardliners will face the FULL FORCE of the Arab Spring in their OWN homeland, as brave Turkish men and women, boys and girls come out on the streets ALL OVER Turkey to protest the brutality and oppressive actions of the Turkish state and government being controlled by Recep Erdogan. PM Erdogan may be close to Pakistan and may consider himself a friend of the Pakistani people, but if he (continues to) oppress the people of Turkey, then he and President Gul and other members of the ruling AKP should consider resigning their posts in the Turkish government and going to exile - I am sure that Pakistan’s new rulers based in Raiwind would love to accept them (if Saudi Arabia turns them down…) 

I also hope that the mighty Turkish military does NOT have to be called in to restore order, like it has many times in the past - imposing martial law 3 or 4 times in the country’s history - so as to safeguard the country’s secular nature and outlook as envisioned by the country’s founder, Ataturk Mustafa Kemal Pasha, one of the greatest generals of the First World War and one of the most respected and revered leaders of the 20th century. The role of the military is to safeguard the nation-state from foreign and domestic security threats, and NOT rule the country. The Turkish military is additionally charged (as mentioned above) with safeguarding the country’s ideological frontiers and ensuring that the secular nature, outlook and progression of the Turkish nation-state is not undermined by ANY religion, Islam or otherwise, despite a majority of Turkish citizens being Muslims. So there is a caveat: the military stays in the barracks as long as there are capable civilian leaders who can lead the country and who represent the general will of the people. Once civilian leaders STOP representing the people they are supposed to govern AND SERVE, the military has no choice but to step in and restore order. The military has stepped in to restore order in Pakistan as well as in Turkey at various points in both countries’ histories, for this and other reasons. 

The Muslims of the Indian subcontinent supported the Turkish people in their War of Independence against imperialists after the fall of the Ottoman empire, when European imperialists occupied Turkish lands. The people of Pakistan will NEVER stop their support for and solidarity with the Turkish people, come what may. We will support you in the international community - despite a COMPLETE news blackout in Pakistan on the matter so far (testament to the “free and independent” yet TOTALLY irresponsible and sensationalist nature of Pakistan’s news media). We will support you in the streets of your ancient cities as well as ours. We will speak with you when you speak for your rights and freedoms, and we will speak LOUDER when your voices are silenced. 

Because people should NOT be afraid of their governments: 
It is GOVERNMENTS who should be AFRAID of the people. 

 

Dayanışma. Beraberlik. Birlik. SOLIDARITY!!! <3 

Protests in Antalya, Turkey. 03-06-2013. 

NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY

YOU CAN’T STOP US NOW.

Solidarity from Pakistan <3