Solidarity with Turkey’s protesters

Today, June 6, 2013, citizens of Romania have shown their solidarity with Turkey’s protesters. Bearing in mind the recent events from many cities in Turkey, we arein front of the Turkish Embassy to give our message of solidarity with the citizens that are now defending their freedom of expression right as a reaction to the Government lack of consideration for this value. 

We consider highly abusive the intervention of Turkish’s police forces. What is more, these actions consist in an utterly dangerous precedent for the freedom of expression from all over the world. The attacks upon the citizens that are now protesting in Turkey come against the European Convention on Human Rights.

Public consultation is not to be made with police forces, violence and tear gases.

Public authorities’ declarations regarding the political manipulation of the citizens now on the streets of Turkey is, in the view of the Romanians citizens present at this manifestation, an offensive act and an attempt of public manipulation concerning the real reasons for which the citizens are now on the streets. Furthermore, the recent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan public statement with reference to the use of social media and the detention of some users of these communication channels are severe attacks to the freedom of speech.

We, the citizens that have gathered today in front of the Turkish Embassyin Bucharest, declare our utterly admiration and our strongest solidarity with the citizens of Turkey that are now defending their freedom of expression and their democratic rights.

We strongly believe that the Turkish authorities should understand these actions within the freedom of expression and to comply with the European Convention of Human Rights.

The governments are for their citizens, not against them.


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