We deplore the recent crackdown of the Turkish government on its own
citizens, the clearly unjustified use of tear gas, acts of force, gas
canisters and smoke bombs that have resulted in a vast number of
injuries, imperiling the lives of those who seek to exercise their
basic freedoms of assembly and protest.  This assault of the Turkish
government on its own people constitutes an attack on democratic
principles and a departure from legitimate methods of governance — we
unequivocally oppose such tactics of intimidation and state violence.
In the name of democratic principles, we call upon the Turkish
government to cease these violent actions immediately.  We affirm the
aims of the popular resistance to the privatisation of public space,
to the growing authoritarian rule dramatically instantiated by this
objectionable display of state violence, and the preservation of
public rights of protest. We call upon the government to (a) stop the
beating of all protesters and those in the media who seek to represent
their point of view, including lawyers and journalists; (b) cease
obstructing access to medical care for the injured; (c) put an end to
the practice of unlawful detention and sequestering of protesters,
medical personnel and legal counsel and (d) facilitate access to
medical care and legal representation for those injured by the police.
We call for the immediate end to this appalling state violence and we
reaffirm the rights of popular dissent and resistance, the right to
have access to a media uncensored by governmental powers, and the
right to move and speak freely in public space as preconditions of
democratic life.

Tariq Ali, author and editor, New Left Review, UK

Tewfik Allal, Président du Manifeste des Libertés, France

Etienne Balibar, Universite Nanterre, France

Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Judith Butler, University of California, BerkeleyUSA

Margaret Brose, University of California, Santa Cruz

Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, Université Paris 7, France

Alex Demirovic, Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany

Lisa Duggan, New York University, USA

Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, USA

Eric Fassin, Université Paris – 8, France

Michel Feher, Director, Zone Books, France

Alfredo Saad-Filho, United Nations and SOAS, UK

Nilufer Gole,  Ecole des Hautes Etudes, France

Siba Grovogui, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Hannes Lacher, York University, Canada

George Liagouras, University of the Aegean, Greece

Michael Löwy, CNRS, France

Adam David Morton, University of Nottingham, UK

Matthieu de Nanteuil, Universite de Louvain, Belgium

Ravi Palat, State University of New York, Binghamton, USA

Hugo Radice, University of Leeds, UK

Josep Ramoneda, journalist and philosopher, Spain

Miranda Schreurs, Freie Universitat Berlin,  Germany

Stuart Shields, University of Manchester, UK

Daniela Tepe-Belfrage, University of Sheffield, UK

Eleni Varikas,  Université Paris 8, France

Hayden White, Stanford University, USA

Clemens Zobel, Université Paris 8, France

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