Berkin Elvan was a child, hit on the head with a gas canister thrown by the police during the Gezi Park uprising in Turkey last summer as he was on his way to buy bread. He was in intensive care for the last 269 days, and he passed away on Tuesd …
Berkin Elvan was a child, hit on the head with a gas canister thrown by the police during the Gezi Park uprising in Turkey last summer as he was on his way to buy bread. He was in intensive care for the last 269 days, and he passed away on Tuesday, 11th March 2014 morning at 7.00 am.
We have lost Berkin Elvan after his fight against death lasting many months, adding to the deaths of Ali İsmail Korkmaz, Ethem Sarısülük, Abdullah Cömert, Mehmet Ayvalıtaş, Ahmet Atakan and Medeni Yıldırım.
Responsible for Berkin Elvan’s death is the ruling AKP which put to cruel force the governmental power it controls against young people, those who resist and use their democratic rights to protest, with weapons including gas bombs and water cannons.
The same mentality which subjected people to gas bombs and canisters, attacked them with water cannons and decorates members of the police who killed young people as “heroes of epic proportions” is still in power. Members of the police force who killed children, their commanding officers who oversee them, the politicians who stand behind this decision, the Governor of Istanbul still remain in office.
The AKP government which cannot even tolerate people to gather together to share their sorrow following Berkin Elvan’s death, continues to do its utmost to legitimise the police while police violence itself continues. Once again, people waiting in front of the hospital were attacked with gas bombs. In many cities around Turkey, demonstrations were held for Berkin and there have been prompt and brutal police attacks on each of these demonstrations.
The UK-based campaign Solidarity with People of Turkey (SPOT) demands that those directly responsible for the deaths of Berkin Elvan and all the people murdered during the Gezi Resistance are brought before justice and that the attacks on demonstrations held to commemorate Berkin are brought to an end immediately.
SPOT are calling all trade unionists, intellectuals, writers and organisations in Britain to protest against the AKP government.
Please send emails of protests to the government officials in Turkey whose details listed below. Please also cc firstname.lastname@example.org with your email of protests.
Turkish Republic Prime Minister:
Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,
Fax: +90 312 422 26 69, +90 312 422 18 99
Turkish Republic Home Office Affairs
Mr Efkan Ala
Fax: +90 312 418 12 60
Turkish Republic Justice Minister
Mr Sadullah Ergin
Fax: +90 312 293 22 23
Governor of Istanbul
Mr Hüseyin Avni Mutlu
Fax: +90 212 512 20 86
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