We deplore the recent crackdown of the Turkish government on its own citizens, the clearly unjustified use of tear gas, acts of force, gas canisters and smoke bombs that have resulted in a vast number of injuries, imperiling the lives of those who seek to exercise their basic freedoms of assembly and protest.  This assault of the Turkish government on its own people constitutes an attack on democratic principles and a departure from legitimate methods of governance — we unequivocally oppose such tactics of intimidation and state violence.  In the name of democratic principles, we call upon the Turkish government to cease these violent actions immediately.  We affirm the aims of the popular resistance to the privatisation of public space, to the growing authoritarian rule dramatically instantiated by this objectionable display of state violence, and the preservation of public rights of protest. We call upon the government to (a) stop the beating of all protesters and those in the media who seek to represent their point of view, including lawyers and journalists; (b) cease obstructing access to medical care for the injured; (c) put an end to the practice of unlawful detention and sequestering of protesters, medical personnel and legal counsel and (d) facilitate access to medical care and legal representation for those injured by the police.  We call for the immediate end to this appalling state violence and we reaffirm the rights of popular dissent and resistance, the right to have access to a media uncensored by governmental powers, and the right to move and speak freely in public space as preconditions of democratic life.

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Uluslararası Entellektüeller Türkiye Hükümetini Halk Protestolarını Bastırmaktan Vazgeçmeye Çağırıyor

Türkiye hükümetinin kendi vatandaşlarını şiddet yoluyla bastırmasını, alenen gayrimeşru olan göz yaşartıcı gaz kullanımını, şiddet edimlerini; biber gazı silahları ve sis bombalarıyla binlerce insanın yaralanmasına yol açmasını, toplantı ve gösteri yapma hakkı gibi en temel özgürlüklerini kullanmak isteyenlerin hayatlarını düpedüz tehlikeye atmasından ötürü derin üzüntü duyuyoruz. Türkiye Hükümetinin kendi halkına uyguladığı bu şiddet demokratik ilkelere saldırı ve meşru yönetim ilkelerinden sapmadır – biz bu sindirme politikası ve devlet şiddetine açık bir biçimde karşı çıkıyoruz. Demokrasinin ilkeleri adına, Türkiye hükümetini şiddet içeren eylemleri derhal bırakmaya çağırıyoruz. Kamusal alanların özelleştirilmesine, hiçbir meşruiyeti olmayan bu devlet şiddetiyle iyice ayyuka çıkan otoriter yönetim anlayışına ve halkın gösteri hakkının böylesine kısıtlanmasına itiraz eden bu halk direnişinin amaçlarını destekliyoruz. Hükümeti, (a) bütün göstericilere, medya çalışanlarına, bilhassa habercilere ve avukatlara uygulanan dayak vb. şiddete son vermeye, (b) yaralıların tıbbi yardım almasını engellemeye son vermeye, (c) göstericileri, sağlık personelini, hukuk danışmanlarını usulsüz ve kanunlara aykırı bir biçimde göz altına almaya ve tutuklamaya son vermeye, (d) polis tarafından yaralananların tıbbi bakım ve hukuki temsil hakkını engellememeye çağırıyoruz. Bu dehşet verici devlet şiddetinin derhal sona ermesi gerektiğini savunuyoruz. Halkın muhalefet ve direnme haklarını, hükümet güçlerinin sansüründen geçmemiş bir medyadan bilgi alma hakkını, demokratik hayatın önkoşullarından biri olan kamusal alanlarda bulunma ve düşüncelerini özgürce ifade etme hakkını destekliyoruz.

Translator: Özge Çelik, Source: Bianet (www.bianet.org)

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Signatories:

Gilbert Achcar, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK

Tariq Ali, author and editor, New Left Review, UK

Tewfik Allal, Président du Manifeste des Libertés, France

Elmar Altvater, Freie Universität Berlin,  Germany

Alison Ayers, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Etienne Balibar, Universite Nanterre, France

Colin Barker, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Sabine Boehl, artist, Germany

Werner Bonefeld, University of York, UK

Liazzat Bonate, Seoul National University, South Korea

Odile Bonis, freelance editor, France

Dominque Bourque, University of Ottawa, Canada

Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Andreas Bieler, University of Nottingham, UK

Sara Bondesson, Uppsala University, Sweden

Ingrid Breckner, HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany

Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Margaret Brose, University of California, Santa Cruz

Simon Clarke, University of Warwick, UK

Cynthia Cockburn, City University London, UK

Jonathan Davies, De Montfort University, UK

Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Université Paris 7, France

Carol Delaney, Stanford University, USA

Alex Demirovic, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Lisa Duggan, New York University, USA

Kutlay Ebiri, economist (retired), the World Bank Group

Michael Edwards, Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, University College London UCL, UK

Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, USA

Jules Falquet, Université Paris Diderot, France

Eric Fassin, Université Paris 8, France

Michel Feher, Director, Zone Books, France

Ann Ferguson, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Stefka Fetvadjieva, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria

Alfredo Saad-Filho, United Nations and SOAS, UK

Robert Fine, University of Warwick, UK

Kirsten Forkert, Birmingham City University, UK

Dominique Fougeyrollas, CNRS, France

Geneviève Fraisse, CNRS, France

Alistair Fraser, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

Nilufer Gole,  Ecole des Hautes Etudes, France

Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University, USA

Siba Grovogui, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Evangelia Hadjitryphonos, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Greece

Chris Hesketh, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Peter Hough, Middlesex University, UK

Elizabeth Humphrys, University of Sydney, Australia

Peter Ives, University of Winnipeg, Canada

Nicholas Kiersey, Ohio University, USA

Caroline Kuzemko, University of Exeter, UK

Hannes Lacher, York University, Canada

Diane Lamoureux, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

David Layfield, University of Maryland University College Asia, Japan

Sue Ledwith, Ruskin College, The Open University, UK

George Liagouras, University of the Aegean, Greece

Yeshim Longhorn, OTB Consultancy, UK

Jonathon Louth, University of Chester, UK

Michael Löwy, CNRS, France

Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University, USA

Subcomandante Marcos, EZLN, Chiapas, Mexico

Peter Mayo, University of Malta, Malta

Rela Mazali, author, independent scholar, and feminist peace activist, Israel.

Henrietta L. Moore, University of Cambridge, UK

Adam David Morton, University of Nottingham, UK

Margherita Moscardini, artist, Italy

Gozde Naiboglu, University of Manchester, UK

Adrianna Nannicino, Italian Foreign Office, Mozambique

Matthie de Nanteuil, Université de Louvain, Belgium

Alf Gunvald Nilsen, University of Bergen, Norway

Robert O’Brien, McMaster University, Canada

Henk Overbeek, VU University, Amsterdam

Ravi Palat, State University of New York, Binghamton, USA

Joëlle Palmeiri, Centre d’Etudes d’Afrique Noire, Bordeaux, France

Karin and Konstantinos Petropoulos, Universität Tübingen, Germany

Nicholas Petropoulos, Disasters and Social Conflicts (ERC), Greece

Kees van der Pijl, University of Sussex, UK

Charles Post, Borough of Manhattan Community College-City University of New York, USA

Hugo Radice, University of Leeds, UK

Josep Ramoneda, journalist and philosopher, Spain

Rahul Rao, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK

Amanda Sackur, London Guildhall University, UK

Charlotte Sáenz, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, USA / Universidad de la Tierra, Chiapas, Mexico

Julian Saurin, Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus

Jan Aart Scholte, University of Warwick, UK

Miranda Schreurs, Freie Universität Berlin,  Germany

Sarah Schulman, City University of New York, College of Staten Island, USA

Debra Benita Shaw, University of East London, UK

Stuart Shields, University of Manchester, UK

Ben Spies-Butcher, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Barbara Stauber,  Universität Tübingen, Germany

Frank Stilwell, University of Sydney, Australia

Daniela Tepe-Belfrage, University of Sheffield, UK

Lisa Tilley, University of Warwick, UK

Tad Tietze, University of New South Wales, Australia

Susann Ullberg, Stockholm University, Sweden

Eda Ulus, University of the West of England, UK

Dan Van Raemdonck , Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgique

Eleni Varikas,  Université Paris 8, France

Eliane Viennot, Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France

Alan Wald, University of Michigan, USA

Sara Wallin, University of Sheffield, UK

Sean Wallis, University College London, UK

Colin Wight, University of Sydney, Australia

Hayden White, Stanford University, USA

Frieder Otto Wolf, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Safiye Yildiz, Universität, Tübingen, Germany

Paul Zarembka, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Louiza Zina, University of the Aegean, Greece

Clemens Zobel, Université Paris 8, France

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