NI has a keen interest in the Turkish nonviolent movement and solidarity among Turkish protestors in regards to the demolishment of the Gezi Park.
"It began with a grove of sycamores. For months environmentalists had been protesting against a government-backed plan to chop the trees down to make room for a shopping and residential complex in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. They organized a peaceful sit-in with tents, singing and dancing. On May 31st riot police staged a pre-dawn raid, dousing the protesters with jets of water and tear gas and setting fire to their encampment.” [Nonviolence International condemns the use of violence on all sides.]http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21579005-protests-against-recep-tayyip-erdogan-and-his-ham-fisted-response-have-shaken-his-rule-and
One sign read, if the government was to tear up Central Park, Hyde Park or the Tiergarten to make a shopping mall, how would you feel?
1. 20.00: Get out and stand for 10 minutes, with your hands in your pocket. A mute, non-violent form of protest
2. 21.00: Pans orchestra: Bring pots and pans to bang (or get the app which makes the noise)
3. 22.00: Turn off your TV, mobile, computer, lights and stay silent for 5 minutes.
Nonviolent International encourages the use of nonviolent actions to promote change. Nonviolent protest speaks in volumes around the world, let us join hand in hand in nonviolent movement.
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