This morning, as I looked to the popular headline service Twitter for accounts of secular protest across Turkey, what struck me first was the humor in a pair of photographs from Ankara and Adana:
What whimsy, I thought. What fun. But then I thought about why some of these largely peaceful protesters are wearing masks — it’s to be protected from retaliation by religious authoritarians. The Islamist government in Turkey is deploying police to stop the current wave of dissent, repeatedly beating protesters:
For a well-composed summary of recent event in Turkey, I recommend this article by Sumandef Hakk?nda. For the most current information, scan through posts on the #OccupyGezi hashtag. While you do, reflect on just how lucky we Americans are to live in a land where an incipient grassroots social movement cannot be quelled by police brutality.
Anthony Bologna, the police officer who pepper-sprayed the nonviolent protesters in the video above, has not been charged with any crime — and a month ago Manhattan’s District Attorney declared he will not be.