I just watched this on Turkish/English newspaper website http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com
There's a video showing police beating 'protestors'. This kind of behaviour must stop, whether in Turkey, Brazil, the USA or wherever, it has to stop. It is not a solution for anyone, it is not civil, it is not policing, it is bullying and presumeably criminal.
Video of beating:
On the same website is: Prime Minister Erdoğan blesses Turkish police for ‘heroic’ action during Gezi unrest:
Compared to footage we have seen from other countries, this could be viewed as tame, but it is not acceptable, full stop. No Prime Minister can have it both ways. At least a mainstream Turkish newspaper Hurriyet is presenting different sides to the story which can be appreciated and shared far and wide. We do not want this behaviour from taxpayer funded officials in any country.
In 2006 NPP, Ned Pamphilon Productions, were asked to contribute toward the 161st anniversary of the foundation of the Istanbul Police Department by presenting of a portrait of Atatürk to the Istanbul Police HQ. Ned Pamphilon, that's me, accordingly presented the painting on 09 April 2006 in the presence of Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş, Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler and Istanbul Police Chief Celalettin Cerrah at Taksim Square, Istanbul. The painting Gelecege Gulumsemek gives reference to a progressive, optimistic, peaceful and tolerant future for us all:
'Let’s look to the future with smile!'
... Hey, I'm an artist; I was being optimistic; always look on the bright side of life etc.
Police Chief, Governor, Mayor, artist...
Whether you are an admirer or otherwise, Atatürk stated his desire for the national police force to be disciplined, law abiding and caring. These are qualities all police organisations throughout the world must relate to. These are qualities we can all relate to whether public or private citizens.
These are qualities NPP are happy to promote and any gesture intended to consolidate this message is regarded as a positive and constructive step. NPP donated this painting as a positive message for the Turkish Police Department while at the same time highlighting the international peaceful vision of Ataturk. Watching this video it is tempting to comment, how bloody naive Ned!
As Mustafa Kemal AtatÜrk stated upon the establishment of the Police College in 1934:
POLIS BIR ASKER KADAR DISIPLINLI, BIR HUKUKCU KADAR HUKUK ADAMI, BIR ANNE KADAR SEFKATLI OLMALIDIR.
A POLICEMAN MUST BE AS DISCIPLINED AS A SOLDIER, LAW ABIDING AS A JUDGE AND AS CARING AS A MOTHER.
He'll be rolling his blue eyes at the shameful excuse for policing shown in the video. I still have the scarf. Well, it's Arsenal colours... I know, I know.
English Lebenskünstler (artist of life, a German once called me this, I like it.)