We, the artists of Turkey, express our serious concern over the ongoing incidents which have erupted in Istanbul with the Gezi Park resistance, and which have instigated spontaneous protests all around the country. We strongly condemn the reportedly excessive use of force exerted by the police during these incidents. Our communication over this matter will be maintained.
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Director Özcan Alper reports from Gezi Park
video by Yamac Okur
CALL TO THE GOVERNMENT BY THE FILM-MAKING COMMUNITY OF TURKEY ON JUNE 13th
We are on the 17th day of the Gezi Park protests. Prime Minister Erdogan has accepted to hold talks with the legitimate representatives of Gezi Park protestors. We regard this as a promising development. In order to achieve a promising dialogue we expect the government to take measures to alleviate our serious concerns.
Gezi protestors, who have been peacefully protesting with great faith, wisdom and democratic maturity from the start, are under constant threat of intervention.
There should be no intervention at Gezi Park so that these negotiations can continue and the possible outcomes can be comprehensively discussed by the protestors. The police violence against thousands of people who have gone out into the streets for Gezi Park around Turkey must end; all protestors who have been taken into custody since the beginning of the protests must be released.
We demand the termination of police violence, an end to threats of intervention and continuation of the dialogue.