This piece was inspired by the protests in Turkey originating at the Taksim Gezi Park in Istanbul from May 28th 2013. They began as a peaceful protest as this park, one of the last green spaces in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district, was about to be demolished to make way for a new shopping complex.
According to Wikipedia ” The protests developed into riots when a group occupying the park was attacked by police with no mercy. The subjects of the protests have since broadened beyond the development of Taksim Gezi Park, covering issues such as freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, as well as more broadly defending the secularism of Turkey. The protests also spread to other cities in Turkey, and protests were seen in other countries with significant Turkish Communities.”
“In 31 May 2013, police suppressed the protesters with tear gas, pressurized water, rubber bullets, real bullets and arrested at least hundreds of people and injured thousands.
“By 10 June 2013, a total of five people have lost their lives in the protests: Ethem Sarisuluk (Ankara), Mehmet Ayvalitas (Istanbul), Ali Ismail Korkmaz (Eskisehir), Abdullah Comert (Hatay) and Police Officer Mustafa Sari ( Adana).”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taksim_Gezi_Park July 19 2013
On July 22nd Istanbul’s Administrative Court gave the go ahead to demolish Gezi park, overturning an earlier decision by a lower court to save the park.
Composition, mixing, lyrics, recorders, vocals, sampled drums, and synth – Racheal Cogan.
Many thanks to Violaine Corradi for her creative and mixing suggestions.
When joining a peaceful demonstration against a government or a large corporation, wear sensible close-toed shoes and clothes that cover as much of your skin as possible.
Close arms and legs off at the cuffs with tape.
Gas masks are ideal for exposure to tear gas and pepper sprays, but may draw unwarranted attention to yourself from police or army.
Swimming goggles with a tight seal can protect your eyes.
Have ready several bandanas in a sealed plastic bag soaked in apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Urine works if you have nothing else.
Be calm. Be safe.
Solvents used in tear gas can cause a pregnant woman to spontaneously abort, birth defects, and genetic mutations.
But stay calm.
This is not the worst thing that can happen to you.
We have become our own worst enemy.
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