Buğday Association Press Release on Gezi Park

31.05.2013
Translated by Translators for Justice
Source: http://www.bugday.org/portal/haber_detay.php?hid=6354

Buğday Association Press Release on Gezi Park
On Friday, May 31, 2013 the Buğday Association issued a press release demanding the halt of cruel intervention against nature and against people who protect environmental rights. The Association also demanded the restoration of the rights of the soil, water, trees, animals and nature in Istanbul, Tekirdag and Anatolia.

Our statement, below, reads as follows:
No one has the right to destroy nature!
As collective members of the Buğday Association we demand the cessation of all intervention against nature and against people who protect environmental rights and demand the restoration of the rights of the soil, water, trees, animals and nature in Istanbul, Tekirdag and Anatolia.
In Taksim Gezi Park, thousands of people have been trying for days to protect the trees and Istanbul’s living creatures. People are asserting their claim to their city and its natural environment, and their peaceful protest is met by gas bombs thrown by people obligated to protect and preserve community security.
Today in Turkey, we see hydroelectric plants in natural valleys, mines in forests, concrete buildings on beaches, removal of trees from central Istanbul, climate change due to chemical agents applied to trees and fields, urbanized villages and thermal plants. Tomorrow we will see roads linking to the third bridge, the third airport, and nuclear plants. Our life essence is being sapped and we are left breathless, not only by gas bombs, but also by environmental destruction.
We, as collective members of the Buğday Association we demand the cessation of all intervention against nature and against people who protect environmental rights and demand the restoration of the rights of the soil, water, trees, animals and nature in Istanbul, Tekirdag and Anatolia.The protests by people asserting their rights in Taksim Gezi Park, have showed us that ecological problems, which are now an integrated part of our daily lives, have became a serious political and vital issue. It is now impossible for politicians to ignore what a fundamental problem ecological preservation is.
We do not have the right to destroy nature!
We demand the authorities to abandon their ignorant and outdated destructive approach, to engage in meaningful dialogue with people who defend environmental rights, and to implement effective participatory democracy.
The Buğday Association for Supporting Ecological Living

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