The freedom to speak and be heard is incredibly important in ensuring accountability to those empower and the continued security of human rights. I think it is our right to safeguard one another’s ability to express themselves, for it is the only way for true security to exist among a people. As Voltaire is often quoted as saying: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Even though he actually said: “Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too”. The original may be less catchy, but I enjoy it 🙂
To my friends who live outside of Turkey:
I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.
Last week of May 2013 a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and yoga students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least…
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