ECOTOPIA - 30 arrested, support needed

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ECOTOPIA - 30 arrested, support needed

Post by dan » Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:16 pm

Hey there,
our friends the Ecotopians are having areal hard time in Turkey right now, Shannon's there too. Any support would be really appreciated...
D xx

Press release of European Youth for Action


Turkish police arrests 30 activists for peaceful anti-nuclear protest


*Sinop (Turkey), 23rd of August 2008*. *This afternoon, Turkish police
arrested 30 international and local Turkish activists who took part in a
peaceful "die-in" action in front of the house of the governor of Sinop.
The police arrested also people that were just observing or standing
nearby.
*

**
*

The protests are directed against the plans to build a Nuclear Technology
Centre in the Sinop region. Participants are members of environmentalist
movements worldwide. They want to draw attention to the fact that nuclear
energy is dangerous, polluting and expensive. Instead of investing in
nuclear technology, Turkey should use its great potential for solar and
wind power, as well as increasing energy efficiency.



"The Turkish state seems very afraid of people learning how dangerous
nuclear power is. That is why authorities do not tolerate any protest,
especially when foreigeners are involved. We are seriously concerned about
the denial of freedom of speech in Turkey. ", says Niklas Hartmann from
Germany.

For more information, please contact 0090 5384943498.

For general information on EYFA, please visit

http://eyfa.org

Find below the press release send earlier today:
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Press release of the 20^th Ecotopia gathering and European Youth for
Action (EYFA)


Police threatens Ecotopia camp in Turkey with eviction


/Sinop (Turkey), 23^rd of August 2008. *In the moment, the participants of
the 20th Ecotopia international environmentalist gathering at Sarikum
nature reserve, Sinop, on the Turkish Black Sea coast, are awaiting and
preparing for forceful eviction of their camp site by the Jandarma
(Turkish Police), which are already present with undercover agents and
several cars. The 70 participants from over 30 countries will peacefully
resist this unjustified raid. The offical reason for the announced
eviction was the announcement of the intention to take part in the weekly
permitted press conference of the local anti-nuclear initiative SI.NYAD
(Sinop Nükleersiz Kent ve Yas,am Derneg(i).*/



Approximately 10 armed officers, ordered by the governor of Sinop, had
already raided the camp on Friday to threaten forceful eviction if the
site was not emptied within 3 hours. Later, this deadline was postponed to
the next morning. Two days before, six participants of the camp
together with local activists were arrested during an action in front of
the office of the Turkish Nuclear Energy Agency (TAEK) in Sinop. After
only ten minutes of spreading flyers and holding a banner, they were
physically aggressed by undercover police without any prior warning.
They were held in a police station for several hours and fined for not
obeying police orders. Police have also shown supression towards locals of
Gerze town who approached the Ecotopia gathering to request solidarity
against the Thermal Coal Plant planned for construction in their town.



"We are shocked by the behaviour of the police and local authorities who
did not allow any peaceful protest to happen. They have also been
constantly threatening participants of the camp and denying them, as well
as locals, the right to publically express their opinion. Now they have
cancelled the camp with the order of governer just because we announced
that we would like to take part in an officially permitted anti-nuclear
protest. This is not what we consider to be freedom of speech! ", says
Lenka Kukurova, representative of European Youth for Action (EYFA), the
network that supports the Ecotopia gatherings.



The protests are directed against the plans to build a Nuclear Technology
Centre in the Sinop region. The 20^th international Ecotopia gathering is
taking place in Turkey this year, to support local movements to keep
Turkey free of nuclear power. Participants of the camp are members of
environmentalist movements worldwide. They want to draw attention to the
fact that nuclear energy is dangerous, polluting and expensive. Instead of
investing in nuclear technology, Turkey should use its great potential for
solar and wind power, as well as increasing energy efficiency.


For more information, please contact the Ecotopia spokesperson, Niklas
Hartmann, on

0090 5384943498 or by e-mail at ecotopia@eyfa.org


For general information on EYFA and the Ecotopia gathering, please visit

http://eyfa.org
http://ecotopiagathering.org/

Urgent call for solidarity,



Shocking repression in Turkey!



Greens, environmentalists, peace and nature supporters, and NGO's from
all over the World gathered on the 9th of August to join the 20th
international Ecotopia gathering being held at Sarikum nature reserve in
Sinop, Turkey. Ecotopia gatherings promote sustainable ways of living,
harmony with nature, and dıscuss social justice issues. This year,
Ecotopia has supported local anti-nuclear groups, raised consciousness
of nuclear issues and promoted alternative energy sources. However, for
the last week, local police have been exerting supression on the camp by
making regular visits, and following and intimidating participants
outside of the camp.



On Wednesday 20th August, 6 internationals and 5 Turkish people were
placed under custody while staging a peaceful vigil outside the Atomic
Energy Agency (TAEK) in Sinop. Police have also shown supression
towards locals of Gerze town who approached the Ecotopia camp to request
solidarity against the Thermal Coal Plant planned for construction in
their town. Today, the 22nd August, approximately 10 armed officers,
ordered by the governor of Sinop, raided the Ecotopia camp to threaten
forceful eviction if the sıte was not emptied within 3 hours. In
summary, 2 days before our legal permit for he site ends, it has been
forcefully demanded that we shut down activities immediately.




In Turkey, where democracy is regressing, the authorities do not
tolerate the advocacy of their people to lıve a safe, sustainable and
healthy life. In addition, authorities in the Turkish state and Sinop
(where it it planned to build one nuclear technology centre and 3
Thermal Coal plants) are dısturbed by the increasing local attention on
these projects, and are reluctant to allow people's awareness and
knowledge to grow independently. As participants representing more than
30 countries, we are asking for your solidarity, and request you to send
the following text to the Turkish authorities using the contact
information given below.



*For a nuclear-free world and a more democratic Turkey, let's block the
phones and faxes of the Turkish authorities! *

**


Ecotopia 2008 participants

EYFA (European Youth For Action)

SINYAD (Sinop Nükleersiz Kent ve Yaşam Derneği)


**



To whom it may concern,



We have been informed that the Ecotopia meeting being held at Sarikum
nature reserve in Sinop, which was announced and received approval of
its permit many months ago, is now undergoing a period of intense police
suppression. This event ıs legitimate and legal, and we are demanding
that the pressure is released. We will keep ourselves informed on how
this situation develops and will follow up on this request if necessary.



Name/organization:



Country:



Signature:










CONTACTS:


*Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Sinop Valiliği ( Governership of Sinop)*

Tel : 0(368) 261 15 00 -

Faks: 0368 261 15 02 - 261 55 05 -

e-posta: *valilik@sinop.gov.tr* <mailto:valilik@sinop.gov.tr>





*Türkiye Cumhuriyeti **İçişleri Bakanlığı (Ministry of Internal Affairs) *

Telefon: +90 (312 )425 72 14

Faks: + 90 (312) 418 12 60

E-posta: *basin@icisleri.gov.tr* <mailto:basin@icisleri.gov.tr>



*Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Dışişleri Bakanlığı (M. of External Affairs)
*Telefon: (0312) 292 10 00





*Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Adalet Bakanlığı (M. of Justice)*
Telefon: 0312 417 77 70

Fax: 0312 419 33 70



*Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Çevre ve Orman Bakanlığı (M. of Nature and Forest)*
Telefon: (0312) 207 50 00



*Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Enerji ve Tabi Kaynaklar Bakanlığı (M. of Energy
and Natural Resources)*
Telefon: (312) 212 64 20
Fax: (312) 223 40 84

** <mailto:valilik@sinop.gov.tr>
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Re: ECOTOPIA - 30 arrested, support needed

Post by chombee » Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:51 am

Shannon and everyone are okay by the way, although it is all 'fucked up.'

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/images/2008/08/407407.jpg
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Ha! I have a real laser absolutely positioned in my hand!

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Re: ECOTOPIA - 30 arrested, support needed

Post by Shannon » Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:49 pm

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/08/ ... rotest.php

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/arti ... sid=113537

http://canadianpress.google.com/article ... 4yzdBjO0MA

http://derstandard.at/?url=/?id=1219060482511

It is all over the newspapers here - for the third straight day! We're organising a press conference in Istanbul right now and have been doing interviews all day. Crazy.

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