Posted by SnakeArbusto and greydogg, 99GetSmart

Submitted by Turkish political analyst / blogger, Gürkan Özturan, from Istanbul

Update from Turkey 27-06-13:

Justice remains a long-lost dream for civilian people in Turkey. As rapists and murderers connected to government are protected, those who complain of injustice experience dawn raids on their homes, detention, torture, and arbitrary violence by the police.

As Gezi protests continue with additional subjects to be protested, such as the killing of Ethem Sarisuluk by police, excessive use of force, and arbitrary violence, government and other related official bodies continue to victimize civilians. Hundreds of people have been detained, dozens arrested during dawn raids across the country. In Izmir alone, more than 160 people have applied to official bodies with complaints of torture by police, while in Antalya there is even a video of 15 policemen beating three youngsters.

There is one special case, of a taxi driver in Istanbul who was beaten violently by several policemen, losing an eye, then thrown into a barricade fire. He could  hardly speak but said that he was simply in the neighborhood, returning home from work, parked his taxi, and police attacked him on the suspicion that he was a protester.

As PM Erdogan, ministers, and other state officials continue to glorify police violence and the methods used against peaceful protesters, people feel insecure when police are around. The arbitrary violence continues to dominate streets, random ID checks, strip searches, and detentions for no apparent reason, or simply for wearing miniskirts/shorts for women.

While harassment becomes an integral part of police violence, nights still see police attacks against peaceful protesters in several cities and detainees still suffer maltreatment. There are people who support this kind of violence, from among AKP lines, ministers, policemen, or simply those who wish to see all protesters gone from their lives.

When people apply to courts to complain of harassment, maltreatment, torture, violence they hear the decision that the policeman who shot Ethem was released and they give up, simply because if the state protects the criminal for killing a civilian, they are scared to imagine what would happen to those who complain of step-before-death experiences.

Currently the most threatened group of people are those who write and distribute the news online, especially in foreign languages. A few days ago the Mayor of Istanbul had called for all social-media users with foreign languages to tell the world that everything is fine and Istanbul is safe now; the very same day PM Erdogan said “The time has come for those who write about Gezi to tell the world of the news.” Currently there are reports of people who have been posting online, writing blogs and microblogs. There is no official ban on any platform, and Twitter has refused to share information with the Turkish government.

However, there are many people who use their real names online and chances are high that they will face trouble for their support for the protests, or simply for journalism. As of this morning, Istanbul general police headquarters declared that they have started investigating all the tweets on the Gezi protests and will soon start action against those found guilty.

MORE STORIES by Gürkan Özturan @ http://radicaldemocrat.blog.com

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