Taksim Gezi Park protest in June 2013 Solidarity with People of Turkey (SPOT) A network promoting the democratic struggle of people in Turkey has been launched in the UK. The Solidarity with People of Turkey (SPOT) Network aims to build a bridge with t …

Taksim Gezi Park protest in June 2013

Taksim Gezi Park protest in June 2013

Solidarity with People of Turkey (SPOT)

A network promoting the democratic struggle of people in Turkey has been launched in the UK. The Solidarity with People of Turkey (SPOT) Network aims to build a bridge with the Turkish-speaking community, and support individuals and organisations within Britain.

Recent Developments

In the summer of 2013, government officials gave the thumbs up to build a shopping mall on top of Gezi Park in Istanbul, one of the very few green spaces left in the heavily built-up city. Already at tipping point because of the increasingly despotic and oppressive infringements on democratic rights, public dissent led to Turkey’s biggest uprising in recent history, bringing together public opinion from a spectrum of political and religious backgrounds against the ruling AKP Government.

Infringements on democratic rights and the rule of law continue at full pace in Turkey, in an attempt to stifle public dissent and cover up further revelations of Government corruption and fraud, most recently including the revelations of fraud by the Prime Minister and his family. The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has threatened to close down Facebook and YouTube to stop the news spreading.

There was, and continues to be, strong support for the uprising in Turkey by many countries within Europe and other parts of the world. As events in Turkey unfold and intensify, SPOT has sought to inform and support the struggle of the people of Turkey but we cannot do this single handedly. The people of Turkey need to know that they are not alone and that their messages are being heard and supported in the UK. We hope this will strengthen the democratic will of the people of Turkey, and invite you to support and get involved in the SPOT Network.

A bridge in support of the struggles

The SPOT Network not only aims to strengthen the struggle of the people of Turkey but also intends to provide opportunities for learning and sharing between Turkey and the UK.

We are confident that solidarity between the people of Turkey and the UK will strengthen the struggle for fundamental freedoms and democracy in both countries. The Network is therefore committed to supporting the resistance against Coalition Government’s cuts and attacks on the rights of working people in the UK.

Official launch

You are invited to attend the official launch of the group on:

Date: 8th March 2014

Time: 15:00

Address: North London Community House

22 Moorefield Road, London, N17 7PY

For further information please contact:

Day-Mer (Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre);

Tel: 0207 275 84 40,

Email: info@daymer.org

SPOT invites all politicians, activists, trade unionists, intellectuals, writers, charities, trade unions, and wider partners from the public and private sector to support the struggle of people living in Turkey and the Turkish speaking community living in Britain.


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