Why Turkish People are fighting?

Turkish police violence

If anyone who reads this article has ever been in Istanbul, they will probably remember the historical beauty, crowded streets, nerve breaking traffic and multicultural face of the city. What they might not have noticed is lack of living space and peaceful environment in Istanbul for its citizens.

As you may know Gezi parki in Taksim Square is literally heart of Istanbul and one of the last places that can be used by people as a green area. Everything is started Wednesday night when bulldozers came to demolished the park in order to build a shopping mall instead. The action was illegal and taken by without asking public’s opinion. The people who live in that area came to park as a very small group with their tents, books, children and started a very peaceful protest. Same night around 5am the police came and starting to attack people without any warning with pepper sprays, tear gas, water cannons, burnt down the tents and arrested number of people.

A snoshot trees are taking down in the park

A snoshot trees are taking down in the park

The next morning there was a bigger group in the park who came there to prevent demolish of Gezi Parki and protest the violence of Police. The more people came, the more brutal the Police attacked to the people. Let me make these clear. These people are normal citizens and they did not go up there because they were under some political influences, they simply wanted to say “This is our park and we dont want another shopping mall.”. Currently there are 87 shopping mall in Istanbul ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shopping_malls_in_Istanbul ) and not enough green space. Can you imagine  if someone try to demolish Central park?

The protesters in the park

The protesters in the park

Although the origin of the protests was  Gezi Parki, today it evolved in a different direction and now people are protesting current government AKP and fighting for their freedom. AKP has been elected 3 times last 11 years and slowly taken personal rights and embedding their dictatorial rules over the country. Last week they ban the alcohol sell between 10pm and 6am, a month ago they change the law of selling after morning pills freely and tied it to a doctor prescription, again couple of months ago abortion(free will of a woman to whether having a child or not) has ben canceled. The government took complete control of the media last couple of years. Right now Turkey has the highest number of imprisoned journalists and politicians in the world. People who are criticising and joking about government on the social media(twitter and facebook) have been taken from their home. While Turkey was slowly turning into an open prison, the fear among the Turkish people grew and it came to a point no one was able to even questioned the government and its actions.

Police using pepper spray agains the protestor

Police using pepper spray agains the protestor

Despite from millions protests, the prime minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan called all the protestors “looters”, “alcoholics”,”marginals”, “sniffers” and “bandits”. Instead of hearing what public was saying he said,” We decided to build a mall in there and we will do it. Some couple of marginals and looters cannot stop us”, he even threaten people to hanging them on the trees of Gezi Parki.

It says "Chemical Tayyip" referring the prime minister

It says “Chemical Tayyip” referring the prime minister

The spay used by police...

The spay used by police…

Unfortunately, this girl has died couple of days ago.Police shot her in the head with a tear cas bottle

Unfortunately, this girl has died couple of days ago.Police shot her in the head with a tear cas bottle

While police is using excessive force, incredible amount of tear gas and pepper spray, beating up innocent people on the streets, more and more people are joining the demonstrations to rise their voice. The social media is the only way for this people to communicate and inform each other since the media is completely ignoring the situation and turning their back, acting blind and deaf to the crowds showing penguin and food documentaries, reality shows on the TV. During the protests the government shut down the 3G and restricted social media sites. The cafes, hotels,  restaurants offer people on the streets their wi-fi, opened their doors to wounded people, old ladies put food front of their door, doctors, lawyers shared their phone number for people who needs it. First time in Turkish history people are united without questioning each others background,gender, political view, age. The bloody football rivals start walking arm in arm on the streets.

Protestors are in Istiklal street

Protestors are in Istiklal street

Right now people are still fighting and they need your help to spread the word around so the rest of the world should know, whats really happening in Turkey

Thank you for your time and reading this.

Stay free, strong and proud of who you are

The Journey of going free and lance

zehra ozdemir portfolio site

After not being able to write for months now I realize that blogging actually takes a lot of determination. It is not only the time issue but dedication of sharing your every moment with world. Actually once you make it a habit, it becomes part of your life and need. If you start a new journey like I did and go with the current you might find yourself not touching your blog for ages.

Anyway here I am ready to share what has been happening in my life. In March I have decided to take a radical move and quit my job. The reason can be categorised as common or personal, its up to you. Being a woman in the IT world, especially being a woman as a programmer in IT world can be tough. People look at you with the eyes of “oh not so many potential” or “you might brake your nails when you are tying hon”. So in my previous company I had to work with this very small, young and determined boys who never worked with a woman in fact I figured it out they were not comfortable with my presence    at all. Whereas my expectation of working with a small team was intimacy and friendship. Being able to a team and making decision as being part of a team.

The treatment I received was complete opposite. I did not get good mornings, have a good days, “hey are you up for a beers” or “what do you thing about this, should we do it like thats”. I have received emails from the guy who sits 1 meter away from me saying “Do this job..” instead of turning and having a one simple sentence with me.

Do not put this into the emotional scene in a professional life. I simply wanted to be treated as a professional and a person who deserved to put an opinion about the workflow. After couple of months expecting for a change, I have given up and said myself I am done with this.

Now I am trying to stood on my feet as a freelance web developer who is trying to make a living. Recently I have launched my portfolio site hoping it would be handy at one point. Please check out the link and let me know what do you think. I will share the rest of the journey soon(hopefully not in a couple of months period again)

http://zehwouaweb.com/

Stay confident, happy and positive

Suddenly someone from past can make you cry


lovers cartoon

I am at work on Friday. It is just after lunch time. Every possible condition that I am in is screaming at me right now to sweep everything on the table with the back of my hand, crawl on the table and go to sleep in a fetus position. Let me think again… Yes yes the idea is becoming more and more charming in every second.

unusually it is a quite Friday, not the ones that I have to hit my head on my computer ‘s screen and worry about, how will I finish all these work by the end of that day.

Let me tell you something. One of the most dangerous moment in a woman’s life is being drunk in the miserable times of our lives and the second most dangerous is being bored and tired and don’t have anything better to do. Continue reading

Welcome Back

Cartoon-Happy-New-Year-2013-1024x768Happy new year everyone! It has been a while that I actually posted anything. But it is indeed nice to be back.

I always find the beginning of a new year quite though. It is not because of the outside conditions but the enforcement of personal rules. Almost everyone expects from a new year to bring a miracle to their life. A change, a chance maybe a little bit good luck in some aspects. Some people puts resolutions to push the limits and try to make their own change in their life.Although trying to change your life in a good direction is something admirable, I cannot help to think that it can be quite tricky. When the ticking clock moves from 00 to 01 I will change this in my life paradigm. Continue reading

Before I Die ____________ !!

Before I die

I have seen this lovely post on Candy Chang’s blog and I absolutely loved it. The title may look scary to you but think about it. If someone asks you this question, what would put into the blank spot? I made my own list as many as I could think of. Why don’t you contribute and tell me what would you do before you die? Let’s be brave and think about what you want to do. I am sure there are some  awesome ideas about that I can not even imagine

  1. BEFORE I DIE, I WANT TO SIT ON TOP OF THE HILL THAT LOOK OVER TO MACHA PICHU.
  2. BEFORE I DIE, I WANT TO TRY ICE SKATING
  3. BEFORE I DIE, I WANT TO OPEN AN EXHIBITION OF MY OWN PHOTOS
  4. BEFORE I DIE, I WANT TO DO BUNGEE JUMPING
  5. BEFORE I DIE, I WANT TO RIDE A HORSE WITH A FULL SPEED
  6. BEFORE I DIE, I WANT TO SING FRONT OF THE THOUSAND OF PEOPLE
  7. BEFORE I DIE, I WANT TO SWIM WITH DOLPHINS IN AN OPEN SEA
  8. BEFORE I DIE, I WANT TO WATCH OF A BIRTH OF AN ANIMAL
  9. BEFORE I DIE, I WANT TO SIT IN A SMALL STREET IN ROME AND DRINK MY RED WINE
  10. BEFORE I DIE, I WANT TO RIDE A GONDOLA IN VENICE WITH MY BOYFRIEND

What do you guys want before you die?

Please leave your comments..

 

Fifty Shades of Grey; PERSONAL review

 

violence makes me hornyOk after I put the title, I wrote a paragraph something sensible about this book, then I had to delete it and start all over again. You know what… It is not working. As you may guess I was quite judgmental when I started to this book, but there was a small hope that I could still find some small literature in it to enjoy at least to get my money back in some aspects. Because I saw so many example in the past that I loved some books and find amusing things in it despite from other people’s bitching and banging.

Many people would wish to beat other people’s opinion deep down inside and argue against all those voices sometimes. However this time I am joining to the crowded team and want to scream “HOW COME SOMEONE ENJOY TO HAVE SEX THIS MUCH AND IN THIS LEVEL??!!”. Continue reading