Translated from Turkish by Translators for Justice
We are Calling Out to the Government:
Release Our Friends,
Stop the Police Cruelty, Respect the Law!As is known, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been terrorizing the country for a period of over one month with its practices that violate the laws.
The design which the government wills to implement in Taksim is suspended by a court order and the legitimacy of the social resistance of the Taksim Solidarity that includes our chambers has been confirmed by the jurisdiction. The Gezi Park which was opened to public use by the Governor of İstanbul, Chief of Police and the Mayor was closed again to the public in the afternoon.
The constituents of the Taksim Solidarity who were willing to go and announce the court order in the Gezi Park were restrained in İstiklal Street, the police attacked the people once again and many people from all the labor and trade bodies, non-governmental organizations, political party representatives and administratives that constitute the Taksim Solidarity were taken into custody. The legal proceedings were not initiated throughout yesterday evening and night, and were allowed to date in an arbitrary manner.
Among our friends who were taken into custudy, there are the Secretary of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Architects and Engineers (TMMOB) Istanbul Provincial Coordination Committee and 2nd President of the TMMOB Mechanical Engineers Istanbul Branch Süleyman Solmaz, President of the TMMOB Electrical Engineers Istanbul Branch Beyza Metin, 2nd President of the TMMOB Istanbul Chamber of Architects Branch Sabri Orcan, Istanbul Branch Secretary of the TMMOB Chamber of Urban Planners Akif Burak Atlar, Assistant Secretary of the Branch Sezi Toprakçı and Architect Mücella Yapıcı.
The government should be aware that no pressure can prevent the TMMOB and our chambers from standing up for the scientific and technical requirements of engineering, architecture and urban planning, and acting accordingly.
We, as the the Heads of the Executive Boards of the chambers affiliated with TMMOB, are warning the government. Stop the unlawful practices that are violating the Constitution, stop the detentions and police terror, release our friends and everyone in custody, and obey the law!
July 9th, 2013
Chairman of the Chamber of Computer Engineers Gölay Şakiroğulları
Chairman of the Chamber of Environmental Engineers Baran Bozoğlu
Chairman of the Chamber of Electric Engineers Cengiz Göltaş
Chairman of the Chamber of Physics Engineers Abdullah Zararsız
Chairman of the Chamber of Marine Engineers Feramuz Aşkın
Chairwoman of the Chamber of Food Engineers Petek Ataman
Chairman of the Chamber of Survey and Cadastre Engineers Ertuğrul Candaş
Chairman of the Chamber of Interior Architects Levent Tümer
Chairman of the Chamber of Construction Engineers Taner Yüzgeç
Chairman of the Chamber of Geophysics Engineers Şevket Demirbaş
Chairman of the Chamber of Geology Engineers Dündar Çağlan
Chairman of the Chamber of Chemical Engineers Mehmet Besleme
Chairman of the Chamber of Mining Engineers Mehmet Torun
Chairman of the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers Ali Ekber Çakar
Chairman of the Chamber of Metalurgy Engineers Tunçay Şulan
Chairman of the Chamber of Meteorology Engineers Sıtkı Erduran
Chairman of the Chamber of Architects Eyüp Muhcu
Chairman of the Chamber of Petrol Engineers Mehmet Kul
Chairwoman of the Chamber of Landscape Architects Gaye Çulcuoğlu
Chairman of the Chamber of Urban Planners Necati Uyar
Chairwoman of the Chamber of Textile Engineers Melike Anıl Bingöl
Chairman of the Chamber of Agriculture Engineers Dr. Turhan Tuncer