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Turkey – What is Happening?

Been tweeting with a student, he asked me to remove his name and twitter name out of fear of reprisals, in Ankara all weekend. I don’t know what is happening there and the silence in the media from Turkey and here is deafening.   But this clip that my friend took is heartbreaking. 

A democracy is first and foremost a place where people can protest and where a free media operates. We all need Turkey to win its struggle to remain a democracy. Actions like this simply won’t help.

Dated as Sunday, June 02.

Dated as Sunday, June 02, 2013.

In a world where the media is not free, I am glad for twitter and the opportunity to follow brave people like my friend.

Anyone with more on what is happening in Ankara – please post in the comments.

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Dated as Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

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Alon Shalev writes social justice-themed novels and YA epic fantasy. He swears there is a connection. His latest books include: Unwanted Heroes and the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award for YA – At The Walls Of Galbrieth. Alon tweets at @alonshalevsf and @elfwriter.   For more about the author, check out his website.

 

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