They did it! Frustrated with the lack of in-depth international mainstream media coverage of their massive citizen protests against Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a group called Turkish Democracy in Action took to social media instead. They set up an indiegogo appeal to raise a budget for an ad campaign.
As of this morning (Saturday) they have raised $105, 218 — almost double their goal — ahead of Sunday’s deadline. The result was a full-page-placement in one of the West’s most conspicuous newspapers.
Here is their message in full:
What is Happening in Turkey?Thanks to Ads of The World’s Ivan Raszl for sharing the news.
People of Turkey have spoken: We will not be oppressed!
Millions are outraged by the violent reaction of their government to a peaceful protest aimed at saving Istanbul’s Gezi Park.
Outraged, yet not surprised.
Over the course of Prime Minister Erdoğan’s ten-year term, we have witnessed a steady erosion of our civil rights and freedoms. Arrests of numerous journalists, artists, and elected officials and restrictions on freedom of speech, minorities’ and women’s rights all demonstrate that the ruling party is not serious about democracy.
Time and again, the Prime Minister has mocked and trivialized his nation’s concerns while Turkey’s own media have remained shamefully silent.
The people protesting bravely throughout Turkey are ordinary citizens. We span several generations and represent a spectrum of ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, ideological, sexual, and gender identities. We stand united because of our concern for Turkey’s future. Our future.
We demand an end to police brutality.
We demand a free media.
We demand open democratic dialogue between citizens and those elected to public service, not the dictates of special interests.
We demand an investigation of the government’s recent abuse of power, which has led to the loss of innocent lives.
Join the conversation and stand with us in solidarity.
Crowdfunded Entirely by Concerned Individuals from Around the World