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Inside Story: Occupy Gezi Movement in Turkey; Development Is Not Always Good



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Not always development makes citizen happy. This is what happening in Turkey. The government’s plan of demolishing the Gezi park and constructing a shopping mall in the centre of the city has not attracted the backing of its own citizen. For any changes, whether it is development changes or changes in law in the country, government must consult with its citizen in a true democratic way, that’s the message Occupy Gezi Movement is giving to the world.

Occupy Gezi Movement is one of its kind in a way that it is one level above other such movement we have seen recently. It is not about democracy but about asking for more true democratic fundamental rights, normalization of power sharing and making people understand that they elect the government and not the government elect them. 
“Democracy is not just about elections,” said the Turkish President Abdullah Gül. Respecting his words, this is our significant addition to the rising voice in Turkey for the people who are fighting for their rights in one of the most matured Muslim democracies of the world.

One Aspect of the Story

On 28th May 2013, a group of around fifty people independent of any organization launched a protest in the Gezi park in Istanbul against the demolition of the same to prevent the seventy years of greenery in the city centre from converting into yet another shopping mall, which are already present in bulk in the city of Istanbul. On 30th May, trees were scheduled to be cut down in the morning, but before that could happen, people went to the park previous night with their family, blankets and tents to sleep under the trees whose shade they might not have enjoyed from the next day. 

When the bulldozer came to demolish the park, people gathered and stood up against them making no way for the bulldozers. Police came to intervene which disturbed the peaceful nature of the protests by throwing tear gas shells, water canon and paper spray. 
Meanwhile to control the protest, all the ways leading up to Taksim square where the Gezi Park is located were blocked. The metro was shut down and ferries were cancelled. 3G services were turned off by the carriers after being forced by the government as confirmed by an Turkcell employee, resulting into nearby restaurants turning their WiFi signals from secured to public.
Occupy Gezi
The protesters have claimed that the policies of the ruling government is like selling the country to corporations at the cost of nature and environment for the construction of malls, freeways, dams and nuclear plants. Citizen also blamed government for snatching their rights and passing many laws regarding sale of alcohol, abortion, public kissing and LGBT.
Mainstream media’s role is almost equal to the zero, there is hardly any mentions of protests in the newspaper and TV giving a signal of a possible government sponsored instructions to the media to not to cover these events.  Not just domestic media, but even international medias are not showing much coverage unlike in the case of Arab spring. This could be because of the fact that the ruling party is pro-western and pro-American which advocates a liberal market economy including Turkish membership in the European Union.
Many photos and videos are now circulating on the web and social media showing how brutally police is trying to control the protests. United States State Department, United Kingdom Foreign Office and The European Commission condemned the excessive and disproportionate use of force and and asked for upholding the fundamental freedoms of expression.

The Other Side of the Story

It is true that the peaceful protests were started by the environmentalists against the demolition of the Gezi park, but later the protest took complete turn with “political agenda” specially when government was blamed for its foreign policy on Syria and other policies like banning the sale of alcohol at night. Ruling Turkish government has shown support to the armed rebels of Syria and believe in ousting of the Syrian government. 
TWR’s department in Russia and Ukraine received inputs straight from Turkey that internet was never blocked neither did Facebook and Twitter as claimed in various blog posts. The shopping mall which would replace Gezi park is not exactly a shopping mall but rebuilding of museum style Ottoman-era Taksim Military Barracks which was demolished in 1940. Although This Taksim Military Barracks will accommodate a small shopping mall inside, some blog and social media posts could only limit their visibility to “shopping mall”. 
There is a misinformation that protests have become popular across Turkey. Major protests have only been in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, rest nearly fourteen to fifteen cities have experienced minor protests. Turkey has around eighty to ninety cities.
The protests though started genuinely are claimed to be motivated by opposition political parties who are against policies of ruling Justice and Development Party (or AKP in Turkish) that includes sentencing to jail for life for blasphemy, reforming education curriculum strengthening Islamic elements in public primary and high schools and not apologizing for bombing a civil plane carrying 34 Kurdish civilians thinking they were militants of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Time to time the ruling government has been blamed for being hardcore Islamist and authoritarian. 
Since 2002, Justice and Development Party has remained the single largest party claiming the majority in every election. This raises a question if people had problem with the Party’s Islamist status or its authoritarian nature, then why would they chose the same party again and again in every election? 
We at TWR believe that right to the fundamental freedom of expression, assembly and association should be maintained and any restriction made to the basic fundamental rights should be condemned. If people in large number are gathering, there must be something which they want to tell the government, and government should consider and talk. If government wants to give a new shopping mall or a museum to its citizen, it must consult the citizen whether they want it at the cost of the park or not. If a protest is controlled and the issue is resolved at the earliest, there would be very less probability of opposition or outside powers to interfere and turn the movement as hostile.


1. The unique ID which every policemen have on their helmet has been painted to hide it. Police force is becoming harsh to control the ongoing Occupy Gezi protest across many cities in Turkey.

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2. Police controlling the protests brutally with pepper spray and water canon is causing more anger and rise of support for the protesters in Turkey and around the world.

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3. A 22 year old young men shot dead in Antakya during the protest. The City Governor’s Office informed that they couldn’t yet confirm if the bullet was shot by a cop.

4. Two days union strike and universities postponing exams will result into more gathering and strengthening of protests.

5. Occupy Gezi protesters trying crowdfunding to buy a full page advertisement on either the New York Times or the Washington Post. The message says “We want the world to hear from Turks temselves about what’s happening in Turkey. We want the world to support us as we push for true democracy in our country.

Occupy gezi full page ad
6. Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu unhappy that US Secretary of State John Kerry crticised crackdown on Occupy Gezi protesters. Kerry expressed his concerns on receiving reports of excessive force by the police. He also said Washington is “deeply concerned” by the large number of people who have been injured.

In a tough response, Davutoglu held a telephone conversation with Kerry and accused the U.S. of treating Turkey “as a second-class democracy.” He also complained that Washington did not react to similar protests in other countries.

7. English translation of the demands of the Taksim Solidarity group who met with the deputy PM this morning: Click here

8. Israeli political expert Avigdor Eskin believes a military coup could be possible in Turkey, “At present, a military coup is also possible, given that it once had happened in Turkey before. If the police display violence and the victims to clashes reach significant scales, a new military coup is quite possible,” He told Arminfo

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It does not matter how old you are, where you live, or what your occupation is, your health should always be a top priority. However, most of us are a little bit guilty of letting our well-being slide from time to time. With that being said, read on to discover some of the simple ways you can give your health a boost today.

  1. Get rid of at least one item in your life that contains toxic chemicals – You may be shocked by just how many items in your life contain toxic chemicals. This includes everything from air fresheners to bed sheets. Get rid of one of these items and replace it with something natural instead. This is something you should make a habit to do every few months or so. You will be surprised by just how much of a difference this can make. 
  2. Deep breathe for at least five minutes – Throughout the day, you should make sure you take the opportunity to deep breathe for at least five minutes. Why? Well, there have been numerous studies that have shown that deep breathing can help to lower stress hormone levels. This means that you will feel better, get an improved night’s sleep, and you will have less anxiety too.
  3. Drink more water – You probably expected this to be on the list, but the importance of drinking more water should never be ignored. Your body needs water for almost every function. If you are dehydrated, this could be the cause of headaches, pains, aches, and a number of other symptoms.
  4. Have one veggie night per week – A lot of people eat far too much meat, red meat especially. So, why not have a veggie night once a week? Not only is this good for your health, but it will be good for your bank balance too. There are so many great recipes online that can give you ideas regarding tasty and creative dishes that do not incorporate any sort of meat or fish. Once you start off with one night per week, you may then decide that you want to up it to two nights, and so on. However, it always helps to start off small so that it is easier and more manageable, and you can then get used to it.
  5. Sign up for an online pharmacy – Nowadays, you can easily order your prescriptions and medications over the Internet via an online pharmacy. This can help you to boost your health because it ensures you never experience delays with your medication. If you are someone who often doesn’t take their recommended course of tablets because you cannot get to the doctors in time for a repeat prescription, then this is definitely a good suggestion for you. Your medication will be delivered to your door with a click of a button.
  6. Make a dedicated effort to lower your stress levels – There is no denying that we live in a very stress-filled world at the moment! The world we live in is one that has heaps of pressure, and it can be difficult to stay on top of everything and keep those stress levels low. However, it is vital that you find a way to do so. After all, if you don’t adrenal fatigue and health can start to take a tumble, which is the last thing you want. For those who are unaware, adrenal fatigue relates to a group of different symptoms that impact people who are under a lot of physical, emotional, or mental stress. From being a single parent to having a stressful job, there are a lot of different reasons why you may be struggling. Therefore, we recommend that you look for different ways to reduce those stress levels so that you can enjoy a more calming and peaceful life. Whether it is doing some breathing techniques or taking more regular breaks so you can have moments for yourself, there are a lot of different ways that you can make sure you are keeping your stress levels to a minimum. The importance of this should not be overlooked, as stress can impact our mental and physical health in so many different ways. 
  7. Do something nice for someone every day – You will be surprised by how good this makes you feel, and by how much this has a positive impact on your health. It’s all about mental well being. When you do something nice for another person, you are benefitting their health, as well as your own. First and foremost, there is no denying that it feels good to hear some nice words for someone or to get a helping hand when you need it. You feel recognised and appreciated, and this is something we all need. At the same time, doing something nice for someone else and seeing their reaction can make you feel amazing too. After all, doing something good for someone is a gift for yourself at the same time. You will find that the deed continues throughout the day, making you feel great and happy within yourself. 
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There are good and bad sides to buying a business and starting your own business from scratch. For lots of people, the positives of buying an established business outweigh the positives of starting a business. Here are the reasons why buying an existing business could be the right choice.

Easier To Secure Finance

All businesses will need finance. Unless you can fund your business yourself, you’ll need to secure financing from investors. Most lenders will be more willing to lend money to an established business that they can already see is doing well, rather than risk an unknown factor. 

Income From Day One

One of the downsides of starting a business is that most start-ups will go through an early stage where they don’t make much, if any, money. For some entrepreneurs, this stage can last for several years. 

During this stage, you will need to pay out for things like your premises, as well as equipment, installation of equipment, stock, materials, fixtures and fittings, legal and professional fees, a license, uniforms, and more. 

If you don’t have finance in place or another form of income, this stage can be very tough for a new business owner. If you buy a business, you can start earning from day one, and avoid this tricky period where you might be out of pocket.  

Established Brand

When you buy a business that already exists, you are also buying into a brand that is already known, recognizable, and has a track record. You get the business complete with all the trademarks, copyrights, and websites associated with it, as well as the business locations

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Transport logistics is not only based on transporting goods from point A (origin) to point B (destination), but also involves other aspects that are not so well known to end users.

For instance, a factor that can be decisive is the temperature-controlled transport of goods. Such is the importance of this that there are logistics companies specialized in the distribution of products sensitive to thermal changes.

These companies have vehicles equipped with systems that can maintain the right temperature, keeping the product safe through temperature fluctuations.

What is temperature controlled transport?

A temperature-controlled shipment is one that guarantees the cold chain of the product, without it being subjected to sudden changes in temperature and always without exceeding the values of a safety interval.

The purpose of this cold chain is to guarantee the optimum condition of the product from the time it is picked up until it is delivered. This is why temperature controlled transport is in such high demand for proper product maintenance.

Cold chain in food

The cold chain is a key factor in food safety since it guarantees the preservation of food in optimum conditions.

Food safety is closely linked to health, to the point of being a right recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Therefore, if the cold chain was to be broken during the distribution, the food could not be delivered and would need to be discarded.

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  • Transport in temperature-controlled vehicles
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  • Other goods requiring temperature-controlled transportation

Whenever we talk about refrigerated transport, we usually think of the food cold chain, but there are other types of goods that also need temperature-controlled logistics to maintain their conditions intact until they reach their destination.

The main goods that need to be transported under temperature control are flowers, chemical or biological products, medicines, live animals or photographic films.


There are certain medicines that need to be stored and transported at low temperatures so that they do not lose their curative properties. 

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Chemical or biological products

Some chemical or biological goods also need to be transported in an environment that guarantees a stable temperature from collection to delivery.

These goods are of mere importance since they can be considered dangerous. Hence, they must be treated very carefully.

Live animals

The current legislation also contemplates that the transportation of live animals over long distances must be subject to a temperature control that ensures values between 5 and 30 degrees Celsius with an interval of up to +/- 5ºC depending on the outside temperature.


Something as delicate as flowers also need to be transported under optimum temperature conditions so that their scent and beauty are maintained at the point of delivery. 

Besides, flowers are a very apt simile for the importance of temperature-controlled transport in today’s logistics because the ultimate goal is the welfare and health of humans and animals. Undoubtedly, a very necessary end.

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