luni, 10 iunie 2013

basescu n-o mai f**e pe nevasta lui Dorin Cocos

Elena Udrea şi Dorin Cocoş au divorţat. Istoria tumultuoasă a unei căsnicii care a ţinut prima pagină a ziarelor 10 iunie 2013, 20:09 citesc mai tarziu download pdf print article ArticolComentarii 37Galerie foto deCorina CosmescuDevino fan -3 (5 voturi) citeste totul despre: elena udrea dorin cocos divort casnicie 7 share Tweet 0 inShare 76 Live Aboneaza-te la newsletter Abonare 1/14Cocoş şi Udrea în perioada în care căsnicia lor funcţiona Elena Udrea şi Dorin Cocoş au anunţat, luni, printr-o declaraţie de presă comună, că au pus capăt mariajului „în mod amiabil şi în faţa notarului“. Cei doi s-au căsătorit doar civil, pe 26 decembrie 2003, când Udrea a împlinit 30 de ani. ŞTIRI PE ACEEAŞI TEMĂ PDL, un nou atac la tabăra Udrea: „Florin Popescu, demis din fruntea &... „După  10 ani, căsătoria noastră a luat sfârşit astăzi, 10.06.2013, în mod amiabil şi în faţa notarului. Decizia de a ne despărţi vine după o analiză îndelungată şi profundă a relaţiei noastre şi a opţiunilor de viitor a fiecăruia dintre noi“, au motivat cei doi. Elena Udrea şi Dorin Cocoş au acuzat presiuni externe ce le-au şubrezit căsnicia. „Faptul că avem cariere atât de diferite şi, în cazul nostru, chiar incompatibile, unul politică, altul afaceri, ne-a privat de timpul petrecut împreună necesar relaţiei şi a supus căsătoria unor presiuni din exterior care au afectat-o iremediabil“, se mai arată în comunicat. „De astăzi, mergem pe drumuri separate, dar păstrăm prietenia şi parteneriatul solid construite în ultimii 15 ani, rămânând în cele mai bune relaţii. Mulţumim familiilor şi prietenilor care ne-au fost şi ne sunt alături şi rugăm pe toţi cei care ar putea fi interesaţi de acest subiect să dea dovadă de înţelegere faţă de noi şi să ne respecte intimitatea“, au fost ultimele cuvinte ale cuplului Cocoş-Udrea. În momentul în care m-a văzut, şi-a sters palmele de sacou, fiind dovada unei mari emoţii, apoi m-a curtat şase luni. Elena Udrea    Mai în glumă, mai în serios, Elena este aproape musafir, petrecem împreună mult mai puţin timp decât ne-am dori. Dorin Cocoş FOTO Elena Udrea şi Dorin Cocoş Istoria unei căsnicii tumultuoase Prima întâlnire dintre Elena Udrea şi Dorin Cocoş s-a lăsat cu sudoare în palmele potentului om de afaceri, aşa cum recunoştea chiar Elena Udrea. „Nu o să-i placă ce o să povestesc. Eu eram avocat stagiar la avocatul firmelor soţului meu. După ceva timp, soţul meu a cerut un anume avocat, pe mine, şi am stabilit să ne întâlnit ca să-mi expună problema“, a declarat Udrea. „În momentul în care m-a văzut, şi-a sters palmele de sacou, fiind dovada unei mari emoţii, apoi m-a curtat şase luni. Este o persoană sinceră, un om cald şi nu m-a înşelat“, a spus, cu mândrie, Udrea, la sfârşitul anului trecut.  Elena Udrea s-a căsătorit cu Dorin Cocoş în decembrie 2003, la Consulatul României la New York, însă nu au făcut nuntă niciodată. „M-am ferit să îmi aleg naşii, de teama posibilelor interpretări. Aşa că am rămas nemireasă, dacă pot spune aşa. Parcă mi-ar fi plăcut să fiu",declara, cu o undă de regret, Elena Udrea, în urmă cu câţiva ani. Dorin Cocoş, în calitate de soţ, a recunoscut, cu sinceritate, că viaţa alături de Elena Udrea era destul de complicată, din cauza carierei sale politice. „E şi uşor şi greu. Din păcate, politica îi ocupă mai tot timpul. Mai în glumă, mai în serios, acum este aproape musafir, petrecem împreună mult mai puţin timp decât ne-am dori. Am ceva stres, nu sunt obişnuit cu expunerea mediatică, mi-aş dori să pot trece neobservat“, explica el. Vă întrebaţi cum arăta relaţia prin ochii lui Dorin Cocoş? „Cu şi fără Elena Udrea, tot un om de afaceri de succes aş fi fost. Nu sunt genul de bărbat care să se retragă din afaceri şi să trăiască din banii soţiei. Nici nu ne-ar ajunge. Noi ne-am căsătorit pe 26 decembrie 2003, zi în care Elena împlinea 30 de ani. Eu aveam 42 de ani, eram divorţat, cu un băiat din căsnicia anterioară“, avea să recunoasă, cu francheţe, omul de afaceri.   După mulţi ani de relaţie, Elena Udrea a simţit mai puternic şi sentimentul matern, însă nu a putut lăsa cariera în plan secund. „Spre vârsta de 40 de ani începi să simţi nevoia unui copil. Totuşi mai e timp. Copilul e o responsabilitate pentru tot restul vieţii. Soţul meu e înnebunuit după copii şi categoric, ar schimba scutece“, a explicat ea.  Relaţie apropiată cu familia Băsescu Cuplul Elena Udrea-Dorin Cocoş a petrecut numeroase momente în compania familiei prezidenţiale, atât la munte, pe valea Prahovei, cât şi mare, în liniştita staţiune Neptun. Ultima reuniune a fost chiar la sfârşitul anului trecut, atunci când familia Cocoş, împreună cu Traian şi Maria Băsescu au petrecut o frumoasă noapte de Revelion la un hotel din Sinaia, la evenimentul respectiv participând şi europarlamentarul PDL Monica Macovei. Averea lui Dorin Cocoş Prima afacere de anvergură a lui Cocoş a fost cea a parcărilor Dalli din Bucureşti, business ce a stârnit multe reacţii contradictorii. Potrivit Forbes România, firma administrată de fostul soţ al Elenei Udrea a câştigat în 1995 licitaţia publică organizată de Consiliul Local al Municipiului Bucureşti pentru concesionarea unor locuri de parcare.  La vremea respectivă, el avea o avere apreciabilă, cifrată în jurul a 12-13 milioane de euro. Pe lângă afacerea Dalli International, bărbatul cu care Elena Udrea şi-a împărţit  un deceniu de viaţă mai deţine 50% din companiile Euro Hotels International,Alexis Impex 93 şi companiile Medcomplex, Clamari Trading Impex şi Pieţe Grup. 

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society tha...

Barack Obama has a nightmare

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows

• Q&A with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I do not expect to see home again'
Link to video: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things'
The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.
The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. "I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong," he said.
Snowden will go down in history as one of America's most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world's most secretive organisations – the NSA.
In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: "I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," but "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant."
Despite his determination to be publicly unveiled, he repeatedly insisted that he wants to avoid the media spotlight. "I don't want public attention because I don't want the story to be about me. I want it to be about what the US government is doing."
He does not fear the consequences of going public, he said, only that doing so will distract attention from the issues raised by his disclosures. "I know the media likes to personalise political debates, and I know the government will demonise me."
Despite these fears, he remained hopeful his outing will not divert attention from the substance of his disclosures. "I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in." He added: "My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them."
He has had "a very comfortable life" that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves. "I'm willing to sacrifice all of that because I can't in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building."

'I am not afraid, because this is the choice I've made'

Three weeks ago, Snowden made final preparations that resulted in last week's series of blockbuster news stories. At the NSA office in Hawaii where he was working, he copied the last set of documents he intended to disclose.
He then advised his NSA supervisor that he needed to be away from work for "a couple of weeks" in order to receive treatment for epilepsy, a condition he learned he suffers from after a series of seizures last year.
As he packed his bags, he told his girlfriend that he had to be away for a few weeks, though he said he was vague about the reason. "That is not an uncommon occurrence for someone who has spent the last decade working in the intelligence world."
On May 20, he boarded a flight to Hong Kong, where he has remained ever since. He chose the city because "they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent", and because he believed that it was one of the few places in the world that both could and would resist the dictates of the US government.
In the three weeks since he arrived, he has been ensconced in a hotel room. "I've left the room maybe a total of three times during my entire stay," he said. It is a plush hotel and, what with eating meals in his room too, he has run up big bills.
He is deeply worried about being spied on. He lines the door of his hotel room with pillows to prevent eavesdropping. He puts a large red hood over his head and laptop when entering his passwords to prevent any hidden cameras from detecting them.
Though that may sound like paranoia to some, Snowden has good reason for such fears. He worked in the US intelligence world for almost a decade. He knows that the biggest and most secretive surveillance organisation in America, the NSA, along with the most powerful government on the planet, is looking for him.
Since the disclosures began to emerge, he has watched television and monitored the internet, hearing all the threats and vows of prosecution emanating from Washington.
And he knows only too well the sophisticated technology available to them and how easy it will be for them to find him. The NSA police and other law enforcement officers have twice visited his home in Hawaii and already contacted his girlfriend, though he believes that may have been prompted by his absence from work, and not because of suspicions of any connection to the leaks.
"All my options are bad," he said. The US could begin extradition proceedings against him, a potentially problematic, lengthy and unpredictable course for Washington. Or the Chinese government might whisk him away for questioning, viewing him as a useful source of information. Or he might end up being grabbed and bundled into a plane bound for US territory.
"Yes, I could be rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me. Or any of the third-party partners. They work closely with a number of other nations. Or they could pay off the Triads. Any of their agents or assets," he said.
"We have got a CIA station just up the road – the consulate here in Hong Kong – and I am sure they are going to be busy for the next week. And that is a concern I will live with for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be."
Having watched the Obama administration prosecute whistleblowers at a historically unprecedented rate, he fully expects the US government to attempt to use all its weight to punish him. "I am not afraid," he said calmly, "because this is the choice I've made."
He predicts the government will launch an investigation and "say I have broken the Espionage Act and helped our enemies, but that can be used against anyone who points out how massive and invasive the system has become".
The only time he became emotional during the many hours of interviews was when he pondered the impact his choices would have on his family, many of whom work for the US government. "The only thing I fear is the harmful effects on my family, who I won't be able to help any more. That's what keeps me up at night," he said, his eyes welling up with tears.

'You can't wait around for someone else to act'

Snowden did not always believe the US government posed a threat to his political values. He was brought up originally in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. His family moved later to Maryland, near the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade.
By his own admission, he was not a stellar student. In order to get the credits necessary to obtain a high school diploma, he attended a community college in Maryland, studying computing, but never completed the coursework. (He later obtained his GED.)
In 2003, he enlisted in the US army and began a training program to join the Special Forces. Invoking the same principles that he now cites to justify his leaks, he said: "I wanted to fight in the Iraq war because I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression".
He recounted how his beliefs about the war's purpose were quickly dispelled. "Most of the people training us seemed pumped up about killing Arabs, not helping anyone," he said. After he broke both his legs in a training accident, he was discharged.
After that, he got his first job in an NSA facility, working as a security guard for one of the agency's covert facilities at the University of Maryland. From there, he went to the CIA, where he worked on IT security. His understanding of the internet and his talent for computer programming enabled him to rise fairly quickly for someone who lacked even a high school diploma.
By 2007, the CIA stationed him with diplomatic cover in Geneva, Switzerland. His responsibility for maintaining computer network security meant he had clearance to access a wide array of classified documents.
That access, along with the almost three years he spent around CIA officers, led him to begin seriously questioning the rightness of what he saw.
He described as formative an incident in which he claimed CIA operatives were attempting to recruit a Swiss banker to obtain secret banking information. Snowden said they achieved this by purposely getting the banker drunk and encouraging him to drive home in his car. When the banker was arrested for drunk driving, the undercover agent seeking to befriend him offered to help, and a bond was formed that led to successful recruitment.
"Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world," he says. "I realised that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good."
He said it was during his CIA stint in Geneva that he thought for the first time about exposing government secrets. But, at the time, he chose not to for two reasons.
First, he said: "Most of the secrets the CIA has are about people, not machines and systems, so I didn't feel comfortable with disclosures that I thought could endanger anyone". Secondly, the election of Barack Obama in 2008 gave him hope that there would be real reforms, rendering disclosures unnecessary.
He left the CIA in 2009 in order to take his first job working for a private contractor that assigned him to a functioning NSA facility, stationed on a military base in Japan. It was then, he said, that he "watched as Obama advanced the very policies that I thought would be reined in", and as a result, "I got hardened."
The primary lesson from this experience was that "you can't wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I realised that leadership is about being the first to act."
Over the next three years, he learned just how all-consuming the NSA's surveillance activities were, claiming "they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behaviour in the world known to them".
He described how he once viewed the internet as "the most important invention in all of human history". As an adolescent, he spent days at a time "speaking to people with all sorts of views that I would never have encountered on my own".
But he believed that the value of the internet, along with basic privacy, is being rapidly destroyed by ubiquitous surveillance. "I don't see myself as a hero," he said, "because what I'm doing is self-interested: I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity."
Once he reached the conclusion that the NSA's surveillance net would soon be irrevocable, he said it was just a matter of time before he chose to act. "What they're doing" poses "an existential threat to democracy", he said.

A matter of principle

As strong as those beliefs are, there still remains the question: why did he do it? Giving up his freedom and a privileged lifestyle? "There are more important things than money. If I were motivated by money, I could have sold these documents to any number of countries and gotten very rich."
For him, it is a matter of principle. "The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to," he said.
His allegiance to internet freedom is reflected in the stickers on his laptop: "I support Online Rights: Electronic Frontier Foundation," reads one. Another hails the online organisation offering anonymity, the Tor Project.
Asked by reporters to establish his authenticity to ensure he is not some fantasist, he laid bare, without hesitation, his personal details, from his social security number to his CIA ID and his expired diplomatic passport. There is no shiftiness. Ask him about anything in his personal life and he will answer.
He is quiet, smart, easy-going and self-effacing. A master on computers, he seemed happiest when talking about the technical side of surveillance, at a level of detail comprehensible probably only to fellow communication specialists. But he showed intense passion when talking about the value of privacy and how he felt it was being steadily eroded by the behaviour of the intelligence services.
His manner was calm and relaxed but he has been understandably twitchy since he went into hiding, waiting for the knock on the hotel door. A fire alarm goes off. "That has not happened before," he said, betraying anxiety wondering if was real, a test or a CIA ploy to get him out onto the street.
Strewn about the side of his bed are his suitcase, a plate with the remains of room-service breakfast, and a copy of Angler, the biography of former vice-president Dick Cheney.
Ever since last week's news stories began to appear in the Guardian, Snowden has vigilantly watched TV and read the internet to see the effects of his choices. He seemed satisfied that the debate he longed to provoke was finally taking place.
He lay, propped up against pillows, watching CNN's Wolf Blitzer ask a discussion panel about government intrusion if they had any idea who the leaker was. From 8,000 miles away, the leaker looked on impassively, not even indulging in a wry smile.
Snowden said that he admires both Ellsberg and Manning, but argues that there is one important distinction between himself and the army private, whose trial coincidentally began the week Snowden's leaks began to make news.
"I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest," he said. "There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn't turn over, because harming people isn't my goal. Transparency is."
He purposely chose, he said, to give the documents to journalists whose judgment he trusted about what should be public and what should remain concealed.
As for his future, he is vague. He hoped the publicity the leaks have generated will offer him some protection, making it "harder for them to get dirty".
He views his best hope as the possibility of asylum, with Iceland – with its reputation of a champion of internet freedom – at the top of his list. He knows that may prove a wish unfulfilled.
But after the intense political controversy he has already created with just the first week's haul of stories, "I feel satisfied that this was all worth it. I have no regrets."

vineri, 7 iunie 2013

Taksim Square protests: Photographic tour


At the centre of nationwide anti-government protests in Turkey is an Istanbul park which is threatened with demolition. Demonstrators have set up home in Gezi Park and Taksim Square and created makeshift facilities. Click on the labels below to explore the protesters' camp
All photographs by Magali Corouge.

Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila announce split


Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, and his wife Lyudmila have ended years of speculation about their 30-year relationship, admitting that they had decided to end their marriage.

In a stilted – but clearly staged – interview on Russian state television after a night together at the ballet, the couple said they had agreed to a “civilised break-up” because they barely saw each other. It appeared that a formal divorce had not yet taken place.
The announcement will likely only fuel speculation about Mr Putin’sprivate life. The 60-year-old Russian president has been dogged by rumours for years that he had an affair with Alina Kabayeva, a 30-year-old politician and former Olympic rhythmic gymnast, although no hard evidence has ever been presented to confirm that.
The Russian leader and his wife, 55, spoke after attending a performance of La Esmeralda – a ballet inspired by the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame – at the State Kremlin palace, their first public engagement together since his returned to the presidency in May last year.
President Putin and his wife Lyudmila at the ballet on Thursday (Reuters)
Mrs Putina appears only very rarely in public. She was said to be living far away from the Kremlin, in a £1m state-owned retreat on the border with Estonia. Some reports even suggested she joined a convent.
The nervous-looking couple answered several questions about the ballet – with Mr Putin saying with uncharacteristic verve that it was “superb, superb”.
The correspondent from Rossiya 24 then asked about persistent rumours that he and his wife no longer lived together.
“Yes, that’s true,” said Mr Putin after glancing at Mrs Putina, who nodded. “Everything I do is connected with the public sphere. Some people like that, some people don’t. There are some people who are completely incompatible with that.”
Using Mrs Putina’s formal name, he added: “Lyudmila Alexandrovna maintained an eight-year watch, nine years even. In short, it’s a joint decision.”
Mrs Putina, who wore pearls and a black-and-white outfit, confirmed that they had decided together to go their separate ways.
“Vladimir Vladimirovich is completely immersed in his work. Our children have grown up. It has turned out that each person is living their separate life. And I genuinely don’t like the publicity, the flights are tough for me and we practically don’t see each other.”
Mr Putin added that he and his wife loved and were proud of their daughters, Katya, 27, and Masha, 28, who, like their mother, have kept out of the spotlight.
“Lyudmila Alexandrovna and I will always remain close to each other,” he said. “I’m sure that will be so forever.”
The couple married almost 30 years ago on July 28, 1983, when Mr Putin was a young officer in the KGB and his future wife was an air hostess.
They had not been seen together in public since Mr Putin’s inauguration for his third term as president last May. Before that they had appeared infrequently together for several years. At one public appearance when they signed the Russian census in 2010, they looked awkward as they confirmed to a census taker that they were married.
Vladimir Putin and Russian gymnast Alina Kabayeva in the Kremlin
A documentary made by a German film-maker last year showed Mr Putin as an isolated figure, practising ice hockey alone in the evenings or taking swimming sessions with only his faithful dog Connie as company.
The rumour that he was having an affair with Miss Kabayeva first came to public prominence in 2008 when a Russian newspaper, owned by the billionaire oligarch Alexander Lebedev, quoted a source as insisting that it was true.
Mr Lebedev shut the newspaper soon afterwards claiming it had not been a commercial success, although many suspected the real reason was to appease an angry Mr Putin.
The rumours later escalated when bloggers claimed that Miss Kabayeva had subsequently given birth to Mr Putin’s child. Mr Putin has angrily claimed that there is “not one word of truth” in any of the allegations, while Miss Kabayeva’s spokesman has refused to discuss what she derided as “nonsense.”

duminică, 2 iunie 2013

What is Happenning in Istanbul?

What is Happenning in Istanbul?

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Görsel
Taken from Occupy Gezi’s Facebook page.
To my friends who live outside of Turkey:
I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.
Four days ago a group of people who did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and students.  Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least one in every neighborhood! The tearing down of the trees was supposed to begin early Thursday morning. People went to the park with their blankets, books and children. They put their tents down and spent the night under the trees.  Early in the morning when the bulldozers started to pull the hundred-year-old trees out of the ground, they stood up against them to stop the operation.
They did nothing other than standing in front of the machines.
No newspaper, no television channel was there to report the protest. It was a complete media black out.
But the police arrived with water cannon vehicles and pepper spray.  They chased the crowds out of the park.
In the evening the number of protesters multiplied. So did the number of police forces around the park. Meanwhile local government of Istanbul shut down all the ways leading up to Taksim square where the Gezi Park is located. The metro was shut down, ferries were cancelled, roads were blocked.
Yet more and more people made their way up to the center of the city by walking.
They came from all around Istanbul. They came from all different backgrounds, different ideologies, different religions. They all gathered to prevent the demolition of something bigger than the park:
The right to live as honorable citizens of this country.
They gathered and marched. Police chased them with pepper spray and tear gas and drove their tanks over people who offered the police food in return. Two young people were run over by the tanks and were killed. Another young woman, a friend of mine, was hit in the head by one of the incoming tear gas canisters. The police were shooting them straight into the crowd.  After a three hour operation she is still in Intensive Care Unit and in  very critical condition. As I write this we don’t know if she is going to make it. This blog is dedicated to her.
These people are my friends. They are my students, my relatives. They have no «hidden agenda» as the state likes to say. Their agenda is out there. It is very clear. The whole country is being sold to corporations by the government, for the construction of malls, luxury condominiums, freeways, dams and nuclear plants. The government is looking for (and creating when necessary) any excuse to attack Syria against its people’s will.
On top of all that, the government control over its people’s personal lives has become unbearable as of late. The state, under its conservative agenda passed many laws and regulations concerning abortion, cesarean birth, sale and use of alcohol and even the color of lipstick worn by the airline stewardesses.
People who are marching to the center of Istanbul are demanding their right to live freely and receive justice, protection and respect from the State. They demand to be involved in the decision-making processes about the city they live in.
What they have received instead is excessive force and enormous amounts of tear gas shot straight into their faces. Three people lost their eyes.
Yet they still march. Hundred of thousands join them. Couple of more thousand passed the Bosporus Bridge on foot to support the people of Taksim.
No newspaper or TV channel was there to report the events. They were busy with broadcasting news about Miss Turkey and “the strangest cat of the world”.
Police kept chasing people and spraying them with pepper spray to an extent that stray dogs and cats were poisoned and died by it.
Schools, hospitals and even 5 star hotels around Taksim Square opened their doors to the injured. Doctors filled the classrooms and hotel rooms to provide first aid. Some police officers refused to spray innocent people with tear gas and quit their jobs. Around the square they placed jammers to prevent internet connection and 3g networks were blocked. Residents and businesses in the area provided free wireless network for the people on the streets. Restaurants offered food and water for free.
People in Ankara and İzmir gathered on the streets to support the resistance in Istanbul.
Mainstream media kept showing Miss Turkey and “the strangest cat of the world”.
***
I am writing this letter so that you know what is going on in Istanbul. Mass media will not tell you any of this. Not in my country at least. Please post as many as articles as you see on the Internet and spread the word.
As I was posting articles that explained what is happening in Istanbul on my Facebook page last night someone asked me the following question:
«What are you hoping to gain by complaining about our country to foreigners?»
This blog is my answer to her.
By so called «complaining» about my country I am hoping to gain:
Freedom of expression and speech,
Respect for human rights,
Control over the decisions I make concerning my on my body,
The right to legally congregate in any part of the city without being considered a terrorist.
But most of all by spreading the word to you, my friends who live in other parts of the world, I am hoping to get your awareness, support and help!
Please spread the word and share this blog.
Thank you!
For futher info and things you can do for help please see Amnesty International’s Call for Urgent Help
Görsel
Taken from Occupy Gezi Facebook page. Also used by Reuters