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Ahmet Ozdemir Aktan ~ Criminalising Doctors In Turkey

BMJGroupBlogs  January 17 2014 (Thanks, Susan)

Back in June 2013 protests began to protect the trees in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Within a few days this turned into an outcry from millions of protesters all over Turkey asking for more democracy and freedom from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and, particularly, prime minister Tayyip Erdogan. To subdue protesters, police used excessive tear gas and water cannons mixed with liquid pepper gas. During the demonstrations six people died, and 11 lost their eyesight because of tear gas canister injuries. There were hundreds of head injuries requiring hospitalisation and surgery, and one protester is still in an intensive care unit lying unconscious.

During the protests, first aid medical facilities were formed to help the protesters by volunteering doctors and other medical staff. Protesters needing hospital care were sent to nearby hospitals. Nearly 9000 patients were treated in these “infirmaries.” The only healthcare provided by the Ministry of Health was to provide ambulances, while thousands needed help to overcome skin and respiratory injuries owing to the excessive use of pepper gas, as well as injuries due to direct trauma. Many patients preferred being treated in these facilities and refused to go to state hospitals for fear of getting registered as a protester. The governor of Istanbul accused doctors of helping the “criminals.”

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Alexander Higgins ~ NO Banker Bailout! Thousands Flood Madrid Spain Demanding Government Resigns

Alexander Higgins | September 26 2012

Update October 8 2012 ~ Spain Protestors Evict Police Amid Wave Of Brutality

Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration outside Madrid’s Parliament, September 26, 2012. (Reuters/Sergio Perez)

Thousands of Spaniards have returned to Madrid’s Plaza de Neptune to demand the government resign in protests against the latest banker bailout austerity measures.
Protestors against harsh austerity measures in Spain to pay for banker bailouts are demanding the government resign as the country teeters on the brink of civil war.

For the second day thousands of protestors filled the streets following yesterday’s wave of police brutality during which riot police incited violence which was followed by the beating of protestors including young girls and boys indiscriminately.

As police fired upon protestors surrounding congress some fought back after watching friends get beat.

The violence was also marked with police targeting journalists and smashing their cameras to cover up their criminal activity.

Watch Live: Massive Protests Following Yesterday’s Police Violence

As the protestor’s where joined by major unions today police engaged in running street battles against the protestors while 15,000 workers walked out off their jobs in Athens to join protestors firebombing riot police there for the same reasons.

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The ‘Squidding’ of Goldman Sachs

Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone) | RS_News
December 13 2011

OPINION | I almost shed tears of pride this morning when I read this hilarious passage in the Daily News:

Earlier Monday, about 300 protesters in squid costumes surged outside the offices of Goldman Sachs investment bank shouting, “We fry calamari!” and “Everyone pays their tax – everyone but Goldman, Sachs!”

I wish someone had called me – I would have loved to have attended this “Let’s Go Squidding” expedition. Folks, if you do this again, please let me know, and I promise to put some serious man-hours into designing a squid costume. As it is, I’d like to see in person some of the ones that turned out yesterday, especially that giant papier-mâché-looking thing I seem to see in the News photo. Whoever made that thing, if you’re out there, please contact me.

In all seriousness, I commend these protesters and hope no harm came of those arrests. Goldman continues to be a natural and appropriate target of protester anger and if OWS actions continue to mock the bank and make sport of them, it might help the public learn more about how these state-dependent banks operate and why they need to be reined in, if not broken up altogether.

A perfect if small case in point, courtesy of Zero Hedge.

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Massive Demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Turns Violent

Jack Shenker (Guardian UK) | RS_News
November 20 2011

Egypt has been hit by another wave of major violence ahead of parliamentary elections after security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters demonstrating against the military junta.

Two people were reported dead and more than 600 injured in central Cairo after riot police sent volleys of tear gas, rubber bullets and “birdshot” pellet cartridges into the crowds. The clashes put further pressure on the ruling generals and cast doubt on the ability of police to secure the poll, scheduled to begin on 28 November.

“All options are on the table, but right now – given the state Egypt is in – nobody can see how the military council can pull off these elections,” said Mahmoud Salem, a prominent blogger who is running for parliament but who has now frozen his campaign. “I’m at the international eye hospital at the moment with my friend Malek Mustafa, who has been shot in the head by police with a pellet cartridge and looks likely to lose his eye. How can I continue?”

Mustafa was one of dozens of demonstrators left with serious head wounds during the police assault on Tahrir Square. Trouble began after riot police moved to disperse tents set up after a large rally calling on Egypt’s Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) to return the country to civilian rule.

Protesters succeeded in driving the security forces from the square and captured one of their trucks. Crowds jumped up and down on the vehicle, chanting “The interior ministry are thugs” and calling for the downfall of Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the country’s de facto leader since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak in February. It was later set ablaze.

By mid-afternoon police had returned to Tahrir in far larger numbers and began firing from armoured vehicles. Pro-change activists sent out calls for solidarity and as darkness fell police and the protesters saw their ranks swell. As the night wore on and control of Tahrir shifted back and forth between the security forces and demonstrators, running battles spilled down side streets and along several of downtown Cairo’s most important thoroughfares.

The Observer saw heavy fighting along Talaat Harb street, a key shopping district and one of the main roads running into Tahrir Square. Street lighting was cut and amid the gloom hundreds of protesters tore up paving stones to throw at police lines, sporadically falling back as clouds of tear gas filled the air.

“The scenes are reminiscent of the Friday of Anger,” said journalist and pro-change activist Hossam el-Hamalawy, referring to 28 January, the day protesters beat Mubarak’s security forces off the streets during the uprising against his regime. “We are being hit with showers of US-made tear gas canisters, and I’ve watched with my own eyes at least five people being struck by rubber bullets.”

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Police Log License Plate Numbers of Occupy Maui Protestors As Agent Provocateurs Go To Work

from NotForSale2NWO | November 9 2011

OWS Hawaii: A close look at the internal workings of an OWS protest. Agent Provocateur starts around 5:05.. MANY of the protesters had legitimate reasons to be there and were generally on the right track but there were clearly some operatives within the protest calling us a right wing blog when in reality we have exposed KOCH brothers and the controlled right wing for YEARS.

Multiple occupy maui supporters have confirmed that this guy was singling us out because we were RON PAUL SUPPORTERS. Certain occupy protesters are now actually supporting him singling us out and hassling us for no reason.

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“Unfairness” Is At The Heart Of The Globalization of Protest

By Joseph E. Stiglitz | Nation Of Change

OP-ED | The protest movement that began in Tunisia in January, subsequently spreading to Egypt, and then to Spain, has now become global, with the protests engulfing Wall Street and cities across America. Globalization and modern technology now enables social movements to transcend borders as rapidly as ideas can. And social protest has found fertile ground everywhere: a sense that the “system” has failed, and the conviction that even in a democracy, the electoral process will not set things right – at least not without strong pressure from the street.

In May, I went to the site of the Tunisian protests; in July, I talked to Spain’s indignados; from there, I went to meet the young Egyptian revolutionaries in Cairo’s Tahrir Square; and, a few weeks ago, I talked with Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York. There is a common theme, expressed by the OWS movement in a simple phrase: “We are the 99%.”

That slogan echoes the title of an article that I recently published, entitled “Of the 1%, for the 1%, and by the 1%,” describing the enormous increase in inequality in the United States: 1% of the population controls more than 40% of the wealth and receives more than 20% of the income. And those in this rarefied stratum often are rewarded so richly not because they have contributed more to society – bonuses and bailouts neatly gutted that justification for inequality – but because they are, to put it bluntly, successful (and sometimes corrupt) rent-seekers.

This is not to deny that some of the 1% have contributed a great deal. Indeed, the social benefits of many real innovations (as opposed to the novel financial “products” that ended up unleashing havoc on the world economy) typically far exceed what their innovators receive.

But, around the world, political influence and anti-competitive practices (often sustained through politics) have been central to the increase in economic inequality. And tax systems in which a billionaire like Warren Buffett pays less tax (as a percentage of his income) than his secretary, or in which speculators, who helped to bring down the global economy, are taxed at lower rates than those who work for their income, have reinforced the trend.

Research in recent years has shown how important and ingrained notions of fairness are. Spain’s protesters, and those in other countries, are right to be indignant: here is a system in which the bankers got bailed out, while those whom they preyed upon have been left to fend for themselves. Worse, the bankers are now back at their desks, earning bonuses that amount to more than most workers hope to earn in a lifetime, while young people who studied hard and played by the rules see no prospects for fulfilling employment.

The rise in inequality is the product of a vicious spiral: the rich rent-seekers use their wealth to shape legislation in order to protect and increase their wealth – and their influence. The US Supreme Court, in its notorious Citizens United decision, has given corporations free rein to use their money to influence the direction of politics. But, while the wealthy can use their money to amplify their views, back on the street, police wouldn’t allow me to address the OWS protesters through a megaphone.

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