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A global call for #OccupyGezi solidarity protests went live earlier today. The event page on Facebook gained 5,000 attendees in its first hour.
We've been hearing reports since this morning that Gezi park protest event pages and related posts are being taken down by Facebook. Activists from around the world have told us that their messages and even accounts were deleted. We have the proof. The following page has been removed. Translated into ten languages, all that remains is this screen capture.
Here is the text that was removed, print & circulate widely:
8-9 June Call for Solidarity Actions with #OccupyGezi
Calling on all cities of the world! Come out this weekend and reclaim your public spaces to show solidarity with #OccupyGezi and the many waves of protests in Turkey!
What began as a small occupation to protect Istanbul's Gezi Park erupted within a matter of days into massive protests that spread like wildfire across Turkey. A key trigger was the disproportionate use of force by the police. Just as Gezi Park crystallized the struggle over an ever-shriking public space hijacked by neoliberal authoritarianism, the pepper gas that security forces doused on Istanbul literalized the general need for breathing space – hundreds of thousands of people walked out onto the streets in support of the Gezi Park occupation despite a total media blackout, defying police brutality.
Now we have reclaimed not only Gezi Park but also Taksim Square, the very heart of Turkey's public sphere, where mass expressions of discontent have repeatedly been banned, throughout the republic's history. As Taksim and Gezi swell every night with thousands of people who come to celebrate their solidarity, victory and power, our resistance in other parts of Istanbul and other cities across Turkey continues.
Of one thing we are certain: Nothing will ever be the same again.
Show your support and solidarity this weekend, 8-9 June. Reclaim Tahrir, Syntagma, Sol, Zuccotti, your local streets, squares and parks! Trust us, they belong to you."
The dream of a Global Spring is not dead. It is still in its infancy, kicking and screaming. Look around! This is what democracy looks like. The future is being built as we speak.
Dare to dance without knowing the next step. And then take that step with others. Beijing, you're next. London, Moscow, Delhi and Ottawa. Then … we retake New York.