Turkey

Please read this message forwarded below from Turkish writers condemning of the violence being used by police against protesters in Turkey over the past few days.  A petition has been set up by this group of writers and you can add your signature here: https://www.change.org/petitions/turkish-government-hear-people-s-demands There is also another petition to end the crackdown here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Erdogan_End_the_crackdown_now/?cpUVIdb via www.lit-across-frontiers.org  
Dear Friends,
Turkey is in a very critical situation right now as police crackdown violently what started as a peaceful environmental protest. After police violence started to target innocent people 6 days ago protests widened to whole country and it seems unlikely to stop as the government see the protest against them and calls the protesters "foreign funded marginals". Just 10 minutes ago Prime Minister threatened protesters with these words: "We keep our supporters hardly at their homes right now who wants to deal with the protesters". Thousands are in hospitals, thousands are under arrest and some are being tortured in police headquarters already. You can check the whole story through Huffington Post and BBC links below: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/03/turkey-protests-2013_n_3376928.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22749750
More than 50 famous Turkish-Kurdish-Armenian writers signed a call for the government and I appreciate if you can send this to the writers in your e-mail list as we need international support now. If they join it is enough to send me their names through e-mail. Here is the call:
We the authors who have signed this petition condemn police violence towards innocent citizens of Turkey. The authorities have so far failed to take necessary actions to protect civilians, neglected to hear the people’s demands, and gradually increased violence against citizens who are merely using their democratic right to protest the abolishment of a park in Istanbul.
 We believe that the primary duty of the rulers of the state is to listen to the voice of the people who have chosen them as their representatives. It is also within the elected officials’ responsibilities to prevent any contention that may occur between the police and the people. We, therefore, call for the government to form an independent council to hear people’s demands and immediately stop police brutality - Zulfu Livaneli, Ahmet Umit, Buket Uzuner, Ayse Kulin, Ece Temelkuran, Hasan Ali Toptas, Ali Cimen, Asli Tohumcu, Canan Tan, Ayfer Tunc, Onur Caymaz, Iclal Aydın, Mine Sögüt, Berrak Yurdakul, Deniz Gezgin, Kursat Basar, Hamdi Koc, Gulayse Kocak, Hikmet Hukumenoglu, Hatice Meryem, Demet Altınyeleklioglu, Unver Alibey, Hakan Bicakci, Ahmet Tulgar, Celil Oker, Irmak Zileli, Umay Umay, Yigit Karaahmet, Basar Basarir, Yigit Deger Bengi, Yalcin Tosun, Altay Oktem, Zeynep Cavusoglu, Lale Muldur, Vildan Cetin, Sezer Ates Ayvaz, Ismail Guzelsoy, Deniz Durukan, Karin Karakasli, Yasemin Yazici, Fatih Balkis, Dursun Gocmen, Merve Kucuksarp, Atalay Girgin, Leyla Ruhan Okyay, Selim Temo, Aslı Solakoglu, Firat Demir, Mehmet Said Aydin, Oray Egin, Oya Kozlu.
Barbaros Altug
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