The unknown dangers of colours

What can they be you ask?

Well, who knows….but the municipality in Istanbul who order them being painted grey.

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Blogger’s note: you may say this is trivial news, while we are watching the real news as to whether there will be an all out war in Middle East. But we think we need to remember that the mentality that cannot stand colour, that looks for propaganda behind everything is the same mentality that seeks violent means to end violence. May the non-violent and colourful forces be with us!

Little Chapulists

This time, Turkish police have interfered with little Chapulists. antakyasenlik-10-150x150

During their visit to the Antakya Archaeological Museum to see the world’s most famous Roman mosaics, children and their teachers who have been attending a Children Summer Camp in Hatay, were stopped by the police and accused that what was written on the t-shirts of the children were illegal under the law 2911 and therefore the necessary fines would be applied. The children’ t-shirts were decorated with lines such as “we are Chapulists” and “Hatay Community Summer School”.

Police also charged the teachers and children for walking from Saray Street to the Archaeology Museum and obscuring the pedestrian traffic, going against the law of protesting and walking, whilst singing a song called “Draw the Fishermen” which was identified by the police to be an ideological anthem.


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A fine Byzantine church on the Black Sea coast town of Trabzon in Turkey has been converted into a mosque

ON JULY 5th the mufti of Trabzon gathered with other citizens for the first Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, not at a mosque but at an ancient Byzantine church. The gathering was a symbolic re-enactment of the conquest in 1462 of this ancient Greek Black Sea port by Mehmet II, the Ottoman sultan who had wrested Constantinople from the Byzantines in 1453. He marked his victory by converting the Haghia Sophia cathedral of today’s Istanbul into a mosque.

The decision provoked surprising anger in a city notorious for its ultra-nationalist views. “It’s about erasing the Christian past, reviving Ottomanism,” says a local historian. “There are enough mosques in Trabzon, half of them empty, what was the need?” chimes in Zeki Bakar, a neighbourhood councillor. A lawsuit has been brought to undo the conversion.

All this is prompting anxiety that the Haghia Sophia in Istanbul “will be next”. These fears are overdone. Restoration work on the famous basilica has continued under a decade of AK rule and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, has dismissed worries about its fate. Yet Mr Yildirimhan makes no secret of his desire for a conversion, which he says is shared by fellow Muslims. “It was ordained by the sultan,” he says. “We have all the records.”

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Mehmet Ali Alabora to be taken to court

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It is said that the actor could be tried under Clause 10 of the Turkish Civil Code for inticing the public to hold arms against the government. If found guilty, the punishment is between 15 and 20 years. 

It is also reported that he will be called to Istanbul Palace of Justice in Caglayan for questioning in the coming days. 



This is pretty much all he has done:

Letter to PM of Turkey published in The Times

24th July 2013 – The letter, addressed to Mr Erdogan, condemns the police treatment of rioters in Istanbul and is signed by a number of prominent figures.

Referring to the “heavy-handed clamp down of your police forces on the peaceful protestors at Taskim Square and Gezi Park”, the signatories “vigorously condemn” the state’s actions, which “according to the Turkish Medical Association, has left five people dead, 11 blinded-due to indiscriminate use of pepper gas, and over 8,000 injured”. Sean Penn

Describing the clearing of the protestors as “relying on untold brutal violence”, the letter accuses the Turkish Prime Minister of “dictatorial rule” and holding a meeting in the county’s capital “reminiscent of the Nuremberg Rally, with total disregard for the five dead”. Attention is also drawn to imprisoned journalists in Turkey, which “are more than the combined number of those in China and Iran”.

Before signing off, the writers state that “while you aspire to make your country a member of the EU, you refute all criticism levelled at you by its leaders, on grounds of Turkey being a Sovereign State”. However, drawing on the fact that Turkey has been a member of the Council of Europe since 1949 and that the state ratified the European Convention on Human Rights in 1954, they go on to state that Mr Erdogan is under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights – “your orders which led to deaths of five innocent youths, might well constitute a Case to Answer, in Strasbourg”.

The letter is signed by 30 well known names including screenwriter Julian Fellowes, Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, actress Susan Sarandon, screenwriter/playwright Tom Stoppard, actor Sean Penn and writer (and Boris Johnson’s sister) Rachel Johnson.



Letter to PM

Letter to PM

Equity and ICAF letter to William Hague

If you are reading this post, and agree with the letter, you can sign: [if you are UK resident or UK citizen]

Dear Foreign Secretary,

I am writing to you as the General Secretary of Equity, the trade union representing 36,500 UK based performers, actors and creative workers.

One of Equity’s Committees, the International Committee for Artists Freedom, campaigns on behalf of performers facing persecution and in emergency situations. You may already be aware of our work to support artists and organisations such as Belarus Free Theatre.

As you will be aware, a number of protests and demonstrations have taken place in Turkey in recent weeks following plans for the redevelopment of Gezi Park in Istanbul. Our colleagues in the recently formed Turkish Actors Union have been involved in peaceful protests in both Gezi Park and Taksim Square and have faced a forceful and at times violent response from the Turkish authorities. A number of actors and performers have also been singled out and targeted by the authorities because of the high profile nature of their work in the growing Turkish entertainment industries.

Equity and the International Federation of Actors have condemned in the strongest terms the violent response of the Turkish authorities and we ask that you do all that you can in your role as Foreign Secretary to make representations to the Turkish Government to prevent any further persecution of performers taking part in peaceful demonstrations.

Yours sincerely

General Secretary