Turkish Greens and Left for The Future Party, European Greens, Young Greens of Turkey and the Federation of Young European Greens demand the end of violence in Turkey.
After the heavy use of violence against peaceful protestors the Turkish Greens, the European Green Party (EGP), the Young Greens of Turkey and the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) demand an immediate cease of police brutality in Turkey.
Sevil Turan, Co-Spokesperson of the Turkish Greens and Left For the Future Party reports from the protests: “Riot police brutally evicted protesters from Taksim Square with tear gas and water cannons. Excessive and indiscriminate violence was used against peaceful protesters of all ages. The streets of Istanbul have become dangerous. Thousands of people have been injured and several have died. We call upon Erdogan to immediately stop the violence.”Reinhard Bütikofer, Co-Chair of the European Green Party states: "We call on Prime Minister Erdogan to guarantee the demonstrators' right to freedom of speech and assembly, to free all protesters unlawfully taken into custody and stop the use of brutal force against peaceful protestors. The recent violence in Turkey is an undemocratic act. The European Greens stand in solidarity with their Green friends in Turkey"
Onur Fidangül from the Young Greens of Turkey says: " Almost all of the international conventions that Turkey has been a party to regarding human rights have been breached. Everyone attended to the Gezi Park resistance in more than 60 cities has been accused of being a terrorist by Egemen Bağış, Minister of EU Affairs . But, not only protestors - he also accuses lawyers who are helping people taken into custody, volunteer doctors who are helping injured parties, and reporters who have been taken into custody. To stop this dangerous precedent, we need our international friends to show solidarity and increase pressure on the government to stop these actions."
Ingrid Nyman, Co-Spokesperson of FYEG states: "The original demands about Gezi Park must not be forgotten. This is the only remaining green spot in downtown Istanbul and is an important public good that must be protected from commercial interests."
Michael Bloss, Co-Spokesperson of FYEG adds: "We support our Turkish sister organisation and call for the immediate implementation of the protesters' four demands: To stop police violence, to end the pressure on Turkish media, to allow doctors to help injured protesters, and to fully investigate any allegations of unlawful actions by the authorities."