08/06/2013

Turquie - Une petite robe rouge pour une grande Révolution

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Ceyda Sungar est devenue malgré elle, le symbole des manifestations en Turquie. Aspergée de gaz lacrymogène, la spécialiste en développement urbain qui a commencé par protester contre l’abattage des arbres du parc Gezi près de la place Taksim, représente la force tranquille des résistances implacables. Posture qui tranche sur fond de décor,  elle tourne la tête, on ne perçoit chez elle  ni colère, ni violence, elle demeure calme en une attitude pacifique  et la jeune femme semble, sur cette  image,  plus grande que le policier qui l’asperge.

Le cliché du photographe Osman Orsal, lui-même blessé le lendemain, a été analysé par la presse dont Reuters et interprété  sous divers angles ; une femme aux manches courtes non voilée, éduquée qui ne se laisse pas démonter par la force brutale des pandores. Pas impressionnée par les menaces gouvernementales qui voudraient faire basculer la Turquie moderne dans un abysse passéiste, pour troquer la petite robe rouge contre un voile;  camouflage de la femme, symbole de piété féminine,  à qui on conseille d’avoir trois enfants pour soutenir l’économie et condamnée à rester au foyer. 

Erdogan pointe du doigt ces manifestants extrémistes « vivant main dans la main avec le terrorisme » l’image suggère  l’inverse et le désavoue en même temps.  Au contraire, s'affiche de façon criante, le despotisme d'un régime  s’acharnant sur des manifestants pacifiques. Dans sa robe rouge, Ceyda ne fuit pas, ne craint pas les gaz,  son courage transparaît à travers  cette présence solide qui ramasse les coups sans pour autant en être ébranlée, le moins du monde.

Une égérie tout en rouge, aux cheveux ébouriffés par les jets en pleine  rébellion, à peine dérangée,  symbole d’une Turquie moderne bien campée sur ses pieds et qui ne se laissera pas supplanter par la violence policière, ni par les intimidations d’un Erdogan portant dolman épais et menaçant contre petite robe rouge en coton; rouge comme le drapeau turque, rouge comme le sang, légère et insaisissable pareille au vent de liberté  qu'on ne parvient à  emprisonner.

 

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03/06/2013

Lettre d'Istanbul

tear-gas-reuters.jpgTo 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.

 

TurquieYet 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”.

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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!

Insanlik Hali 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Gezi-News/510797352...

For further info and things you can do for help please see Amnesty International’s Call for Urgent Help

 

 

  Mon site www.djemaachraiti.ch 

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10/02/2010

ENTERREE VIVANTE PAR SES PROCHES

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Enterrée vivante par ses proches

Medine Memi, est assise les mains ligotées dans une fosse de deux mètres. Ses 1m60 recroquevillés pour 55 kilos, elle paraît menue au fond du trou.  Ses cheveux châtains encadrent  un beau visage au teint clair et un petit menton volontaire saillant. Elle pense à une mauvaise plaisanterie d'abord, puis à une punition très sévère, un fort avertissement pour qu'elle  cesse définitivement de parler à des hommes . Son Seul tort, un doux babil. Mais, elle réalise que les pelletées de sable franches ne cessent plus, elles arrivent de plus en plus vite. Elle est bâillonnée, elle ne peut pas hurler, Ayhan Memi, son père âgé de 40 ans, la fixe d'un air rageur tandis qu'il la recouvre de terre avec son propre père Fehti Memi âgé de 65 ans. Elle étouffe, suffoque, les yeux emplis de larmes et de sable, les poumons se remplissent peu à peu de sable, elle meurt par étouffement.  On trouvera du sable jusque dans l'estomac.

Enterrée vivante !

Ça s'est passé à Kahta au sud-est de la Turquie, ville kurde.  Un crime d'honneur particulièrement odieux, la jeune victime a été ensevelie ensuite sous le poulailler.

Ce fait divers particulièrement atroce et d'un autre temps s'est produit en décembre 2009.  Cette fois-ci les deux coupables risquent la prison à vie selon le code pénal turc,  jusque là ces crimes bénéficiaient d'une large tolérance, on fermait les yeux, 37 % des personnes interrogées sont convaincues qu'une femme adultère doit être tuée.

Un assassinat à pein relaté par la presse selon les mouvements féministes turcs, les principaux acteurs politiques ne l'ont même pas condamné . Les femmes comptent bien manifester contre ces pratiques d'un autre temps.

Toutefois, il faut relever que la Turquie, sous la pression de l'Union européenne, a renforcé les peines contre les auteurs de crimes d'honneur qui peuvent désormais être condamnés à la prison à vie.

 

Source : Anatolia news

 

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