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Gallery: Standing Still action for Turkey in 7 cities worldwide

On 28 July 2013, 7 people - symbolising the 7 people who have died during demonstrations against the destruction of Gezi Park in Turkey - stood still for 7 minutes holding the names and photos of the dead, and called on the Turkish government to address violations of freedom of expression and assembly, and police brutality. Click on the gallery below to see photos from simultaneous actions held in Brussels, Bucharest, Caracas, Geneva, London, New York and Toronto.

IFEX supported the call by its member in Turkey, the Initiative for Free Expression: On 28 July, will you stand still for Turkish protesters?


First used by demonstrators in Taksim Square, standing still in silent contemplation has become an effective symbol of the resistance movement in Turkey. By standing still, you will be sending a strong message to Turkish diplomats that the world expects Turkey to respect freedom of assembly, that it demands justice for those killed, and calls for the immediate release of detained peaceful protesters.

According to data collected by the Turkish Chambers of Medicine and Physicians (as of 24 June 2013), there were injuries in 13 cities where 8121 people went for medical attention in areas where the clashes happened. Of those, 11 lost their eyesight, 104 people have head trauma and 61 people have severe injuries, with two people in critical condition.

Who are the 7 people who have lost their lives during the protests?

Ethem Sarısuluk (27, worker): Shot in Ankara by a police officer on Saturday, 1 June 2013. A park in Ankara (formerly called Çaldiran Park) was renamed in his honour.
Mehmet Ayvalitas (20, worker): Member of the Socialist Solidarity Platform (SODAP), Mehmet was crushed by a police vehicle driving through the crowd during a demonstration in Istanbul on 2 June 2013.
Abdullah Cömert (22, unemployed): A member of CHP (the main opposition party), Abdullah died from a stroke after a blow to his head during a clash in Hatay province on 3 June 2013.
Mustafa Sari (27, police officer): Fell from a bridge while chasing protestors in Adana province on June 5, 2013.
Irfan Tuna (47, worker): After being affected by teargas during demonstrations lasting three days in Ankara, Tuna died of a heart attack on 8 June 2013.
Selim Onder (88, musician): During his visit to the Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul to buy honey on 31 May 2013, he was subjected to a teargas attack by the police. After having shortness of breath, he died in Izmir province a few days later.
Ali İsmail Korkmaz (19, student): Attacked and wounded (causing a cerebral hemorrhage) on 2 June by unknown people while trying to escape from teargas at the Gezi Park Solidarity actions in Eskişehir, Korkmaz was in emergency services until his death on 10 July.

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