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#occupygezi Myths and Facts

Illusion and facts on Gezi Park protests in Istanbul.

Myth 1: The people protesting bravely throughout Turkey are ordinary citizens conducting a peaceful protest


A small group of ordinary citizens seeking to raise environmental concerns started the protests.

Erdogan's opponents, ultra secular elitists, ultra nationalists and marginal leftist groups hijacked it.

Gross vandalism ensued, totaling $45 million in damages. (As of June 4rd 2013)

280 workplaces, 6 public buildings, 103 police vehicles, 207 private cars were damaged by protesters.

Myth 2: Police used excessive force against the peaceful protesters


The government officials opened an investigation into the May 31st brutality allegations.

Protesters used rocks and metal tools like tire irons, sledgehammers, or jackhammers to attack policemenand destroyed public and private property.

1 police officer lost his life. The protesters injured 244 policemen and many innocent bystanders.

2 civilians lost their lives and thousands of protesters were injured in the protests.

Myth 3: Over the course of Prime Minister Erdogan's ten-year term, we have witnessed a steady erosion of our civil rights and freedom


In the last decade, Turkey has made tremendous reforms in civil rights and freedoms.

EU Ambassador to Turkey Jean-Maurice Ripert praised Turkey's achievements in civil rights on April 16, 2013.

The reform process is ongoing; the government is working towards more reforms.

The AKP is working on replacing the military-drafted 1982 constitution.

Despite the huge political risk, Mr. Erdogan has embarked on the Kurdish peace process to end a bloody 30-year conflict.

Bans on the Kurdish language were lifted and citizens of Kurdish descent can freely speak in their mother tongue.

The Prime Minister initiated restitution of properties to Non-Muslim foundations and minorities.

Myth 4: Time and again, the Prime Minister has mocked and trivialized his nation's concerns


Time and again, the nation's people have increased their support for the Prime Minister (PM).

His party received 34% in 2002, 47% in 2007 and 50% in 2011. The main opposition party received only 26%.

A March 2013 independent survey shows that PM Erdogan had an approval rating of 62% (Pew Research).

Myth 5: The government does not have democratic dialogue with its citizens and dictates the interests of special interest groups


The Prime Minister (PM) frequently consults public opinion polls on people's concerns and priorities and constantly engages with the general public.

The "Akil Insanlar" (wise people) committee was founded by this government to bridge the society and to help solve the Kurdish issue.

This committee consists of civil citizens from diverse backgrounds who serve as a bridge between the government and the people.

Banks and conglomerates have openly supported the protesters.

The government has lowered the overnight interest rates from 44% in 2002 to 4% in 2013, closing major loopholes special interest groups and conglomerates benefited from.

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