E. Çetin Gürer

has participated in Occupy Philly and Occupy Gezi.

No Police, No Problem: Personal Testimony of a Protester from Turkey

No Police, No Problem: Personal Testimony of a Protester from Turkey

As I started writing from Tarlabasi, Istanbul, the police were fortifying Taksim Square to prevent peaceful protesters from entering. They were there to protest the release of the policeman who murdered one of our comrades in Ankara, Ethem Sarisuluk. He was shot in the head, and a video has been released clearly revealing the murder. Despite abundant evidence and witnesses to the contrary, courts released him on the basis of “self-defense” and will continue his trial without detention. With this decision, the partiality of the legal system in favor of the brutal police forces became obvious once again.