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Fatih Akin and Yesim Ustaoglu support Turkey protests.
18 June 2013
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The very well known director Fatih Akin send an open letter to the Turkish President Abdullah Gül about the recent events in the country.

"I write to you to inform you about the events of the Saturday evening, because the Turkish media have hardly reported at all about that. On Saturday evening hundreds of civilians were injured in Istanbul once more by police power. A 14-year-old youngster was hit in the head by a tear gas cartridgeand has suffered brain haemorrhages. He has been moved after an operation into an artificial coma and floats in mortal danger. Voluntary doctors who wanted to help the injured demonstrators were arrested because of terror suspicion. Temporary military hospitals were fired on with tear gas. The lawyers who were called to defend arrested demonstrators were also arrested. Instead, an Assistant Secretary may come out and name all demonstrators terrorists who have appeared in the Taksim place. And you, honoured president, you are quiet!, criticises Akin. Ten years ago you and your party competed with the promise to take a stand for the fundamental rights and civil rights of everybody in Turkey. I don‘t want to believe that you have abandoned your conscience in order to practice your power. I appeal to your conscience: Stop this madness!"

Yesim Ustaoglu who won the main prize at the 6th Mediterranean Film Festival with her movie Araf also stated:

"My compatriots are fighting for respect and freedom of choice. They have surprised me because they opened a door for change, they are displaying unity, humour and solidarity. It is exactly those people who are out in the streets fighting for their future that I dedicate this award to."

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