At the Gezi Park protests, a boy, Berkin Elvan, who was going to the market was shot with a pepper gas shell by a policeman. He was comatose for 269 days. We lost him today. With him, the number of people we lost became 8.
I’ve always known it but still it never ceases to surprise me how money and power can be more important than human lives.
I don’t believe in God but there’s a saying in Turkish “Let God reform them with goodness.” I hope all the people who caused these deaths receive so much goodness, so much mercy, so much compassion that they become ashamed. Let them crush under the feeling of guilt. Let them know that whatever they do, they can’t right the wrongs they did. Let their last moments filled with unmeasurable guilt and regret.
My stance is slightly different: fuck the police. Their job is to crush protest. Like every extension of the state they exist due to the irreconcilability of class antagonisms. This is always the case, not just during this particular crackdown on protesters. You can’t rely on cops to be compassionate, the same way you can’t just petition an employer for better working conditions when it’s not in their interest: you have to take industrial action or seize the means of production altogether. (Incidentally, what the fuck kind of privileged position must you be in to think of them as compassionate?! Someone’s seen a buzzfeed article about cops patting dogs on the head.) One of the cool things that happened last year in Tahrir Square was communities electing their own temporary ‘police’ (along with people who volunteered to organise food and medicine). Rather than some futile effort to reform or humble the police force, one of the goals was to kick them off the street. Fuck the police!
Bob Crow, gen sec of the RMT union, has died age 52. Here, he’s speaking at a Fire Brigades Union rally in January last year. And that’s one of the things I’ll remember him for: forging strong links and solidarity between unions.
Mirror article on him from last month
Maddalena Laura Lombardini Sirmen (1745-1818, Italy)
Violin Concerto No.5 in Bb
- I: Maestoso (00:00)
- II: Andante (06:39)
- III: Rondo (10:36)
follow compos(h)er, cool blog showcasing women composers!
Altai folk song
Official orcherstra of the Tuvan ministry of culture. The song is dedicated to Kul Tigin (Kül (Köl, Gül, Göl) Tigin (Tegin)[Prince Kul] Khan Bengü İnançu Apa Tarkan) 闕特勒 (685 - 731 or 732 CE) was a famous general of the Second Kaganate of “Kök Türük”. He was a second son of legendary Ilterish Shad (Kutlugh) and the younger brother of Bilge Kagan.
Inscription - “Eastern Face”
When the blue sky above and the dark earth below were created, between the two were created the sons of men. Above the sons of men were upraised my ancestors Boumin kagan and Istemi kagan. Having become masters, they governed and established the empire and the institutions of the Turkic people. In the four corners of the world they had many enemies, but making expeditions with armies…
I just got my offer from Canterbury Christ Church Uni!!
Gonna accept it as soon as I get home tonight and then look at accommodation a bit (basically just work out if I can afford to live at St.Georges) I’m so happy right now!!! :D
well done it’s a great uni!