#OccupyGezi Through The Eyes Of Generation Y

#OccupyGezi Through The Eyes Of Generation Y
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The protests in Turkey have extended well beyond Istanbul, as the citizens of the capital of Ankara as well as those in Izmir have joined those protesting in Gezi Park to fight against the totalitarian nature of the Turkish government.

This fight goes well beyond trying to keep Gezi Park from becoming a shopping center, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is said to have taken his power to an almost dictator-like state.

Despite protests, the PM said the planned project will go on.

“The Taksim project will go ahead,” Erdoğan said. “If you bring 100,000, I’ll bring out a million.”

When people peacefully protested, Erdoğan called for police forces to use tear gas and water cannons on them. As the number of protesters grew, the extreme brute force from the police increased, with people being bludgeoned and beaten, some bleeding profusely from fractured skulls and broken jaws.

There is no word as to what the death toll is, as the Turkish state-run media is not covering the riots at all, instead showing regular programming including the 2013 Miss Turkey pageant.

Luckily, the people of Turkey have taken to social media to share their voice. Using various hashtags on Twitter, the people of Turkey have garnered the attention of a worldwide audience, refusing to be silenced under the rule of a totalitarian leader.

Claiming most of the trending topics worldwide, the protests in Turkey, now believed to amassed more than 1 million people, show the true power of democracy, as these people refuse to sacrifice their freedoms and rights for anything.

Generation Y has the opportunity to fight back against increasingly suppressive governments, both stateside and overseas. Know your right to protest. Know your right to assemble. You DO have a voice, and the only way your freedoms and rights can be impeded upon is if you allow the powers that be to do so.

Take notes from the brave and bold people of Turkey who refuse to be silenced. If there’s something your government is doing that you disagree with, fight against it. The revolution may not be televised, but it WILL be blasted on Twitter and other social media sources. The future is ours.

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On the left is Turkish CNN, and on the right is international CNN

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