International Intellectuals Including Butler, Balibar and Zizek Call On The Turkish Government To Desist From Its Repression of Popular Protests

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Protesters run as riot police fire teargas during a protest at Taksim Square

We deplore the recent crackdown of the Turkish government on its own citizens, the clearly unjustified use of tear gas, acts of force, gas canisters and smoke bombs that have resulted in a vast number of injuries, imperiling the lives of those who seek to exercise their basic freedoms of assembly and protest.  This assault of the Turkish government on its own people constitutes an attack on democratic principles and a departure from legitimate methods of governance — we unequivocally oppose such tactics of intimidation and state violence.  In the name of democratic principles, we call upon the Turkish government to cease these violent actions immediately.  We affirm the aims of the popular resistance to the privatisation of public space, to the growing authoritarian rule dramatically instantiated by this objectionable display of state violence, and the preservation of public rights of protest. We call upon the government to (a) stop the beating of all protesters and those in the media who seek to represent their point of view, including lawyers and journalists; (b) cease obstructing access to medical care for the injured; (c) put an end to the practice of unlawful detention and sequestering of protesters, medical personnel and legal counsel and (d) facilitate access to medical care and legal representation for those injured by the police.  We call for the immediate end to this appalling state violence and we reaffirm the rights of popular dissent and resistance, the right to have access to a media uncensored by governmental powers, and the right to move and speak freely in public space as preconditions of democratic life.

Tariq Ali, author and editor, New Left Review, UK

Tewfik Allal, Président du Manifeste des Libertés, France

Etienne Balibar, Universite Nanterre, France

Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Judith Butler, University of California, BerkeleyUSA

Margaret Brose, University of California, Santa Cruz

Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Université Paris 7, France

Alex Demirovic, Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany

Lisa Duggan, New York University, USA

Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, USA

Eric Fassin, Université Paris – 8, France

Michel Feher, Director, Zone Books, France

Alfredo Saad-Filho, United Nations and SOAS, UK

Nilufer Gole,  Ecole des Hautes Etudes, France

Stathis Gourgouris, Columbia University, USA

Siba Grovogui, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Hannes Lacher, York University, Canada

George Liagouras, University of the Aegean, Greece

Michael Löwy, CNRS, France

Rela Mazali, author, independent scholar, and feminist peace activist, Israel.

Henrietta L. Moore, University of Cambridge, UK

Adam David Morton, University of Nottingham, UK

Matthieu de Nanteuil, Universite de Louvain, Belgium

Ravi Palat, State University of New York, Binghamton, USA

Hugo Radice, University of Leeds, UK

Josep Ramoneda, journalist and philosopher, Spain

Miranda Schreurs, Freie Universitat Berlin,  Germany

Stuart Shields, University of Manchester, UK

Daniela Tepe-Belfrage, University of Sheffield, UK

Eleni Varikas,  Université Paris 8, France

Alan Wald, University of Michigan, USA

Hayden White, Stanford University, USA

Paul Zarembka, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Clemens Zobel, Université Paris 8, France

via What is Happening in İstanbul?


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