I don't know if you know what's happening in my country or not but it's serious so i wrote a letter to Amnesty(an international human rights assoc.) and im really looking forward to hear what you're thinking.
This is a mocumentary from an objective view:
We're livin' in Republic of Turkey. Turks, Bosnians, Albanians, Kurds, "Zaza"s, Georgians, Circassians, Gypsies, Armenians, Greeks etc. We're students, teachers, lawyers, doctors, judges, engineers, architects etc. We're heterosexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals, asexuals. We're the future of this country. First of all, we're humans.
Over years, different governments tried to tear us apart. We're accused by people who told us: "You're gay, you're communist, you're socalist, you're racist, you're lesbian, you're satanist, you're from a different ethnic group so you don't deserve to live"
We learned to tell'em:
Just because i like metal or rock music doesn't mean that i'm a satanist.
You can't offend me for my different sexual choises.
I have a different ideology, so what ?
I love my country, my people, i proud of'em, so what ?
Yeah I'm a Kurd or Circassian, i proud of my own culture, but i'm living here and i deserve to live here more than you do, most of all it's not your business.
We learned to tell ourselves "brother/sister" regardless of what we are.
Just because we love Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk(founder of Republic of Turkey), we make mention of him, they accused us of putting him on a pedestal.
"Yurtta sulh, Cihanda sulh!" - "Peace at home(land), peace in the world!"
Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
The Constitution of Turkish Republic based on Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's six principles. (The Principles of Atatürk)
This is not Ottoman Empire or any regality, Republic of Turkey does not have any native religion. Government should work independent of religous thoughts.
In elementary schools, they're making propaganda of Islam under lessons titled "Culture of Religions and Ethics". We're talking about children there. When you was ten, didn't you believed when they said there's a boogey-man under your bed ? First of all it's not "Facts/Fundamentals of Islam", it's "Culture of Religions and Ethics", shouldn't they teach about religions and show respect to other religious or non-religious thoughts ? If you say anything about that, they accuse you of being infidel. First of all, showing respect to other religious thoughts is an important part of Islam and absolutely defined in The Constitution.
People who accuse us of putting Atatürk on a pedestal, now setting Recep Tayyip Erdoğan(Current prime minister of T.C.) on a pedestal.
Maybe our economy are growing up or not, it doesn't matter, it's one of the duties of government already.
What we want is;
Open-space, parks, freely hold our boy/girlfriends hands in public and kiss'em, absolute freedom and unity in our contry, not be accused as "ayyaş(habitual drunkard)" for just using alcohol.
It's not government business if a woman wear mini-skirt or turban. It's her own decision and everyone should show respect to her.
Now we're standing against strict policy of our government. Police use disproportionate force to stop us. We're not militans. Of course there are agent provocateurs trying to merge but we don't let them and exclude them as soon as possible like we don't throw anything at police/anybody or use force against anybody.
Ethem Sarısülük(26 y.o.) has died.
Berkin Elvan(14 y.o.) has a lethal injury as result of police use of firearm(a capsule of tear gas stuck in his head - he's still in critical condition even after two operations.)
Dilan Dursun, Claudia Roth(German Green Party member) and many others (are injuried).
When they attacked Divan Hotel, there were children inside. They attacked hospitals and a mosque. They beat up protesters.
Now they are trying to hold us over. We can't reach Kızılay Square, Taksim Square etc.
We have right to protest. And we want to use it.