Yesterday evening, people gathered in Kocamustafapasa (Fatih, Istanbul) in a forum to honor the memory of Ali Ismail Korkmaz, the youth who was beaten to death (see previous post) during a demonstration in Eskisehir by unknown men wielding clubs. There have been increasing reports of bands of such men, chanting religious phrases or military march lyrics, attacking demonstrators and beating them. After the forum in which Kocamustafa Solidarity commemorated Korkmaz, participants lit candles and began to move down the street. Suddenly they were attacked by stick-wielding men chanting march lyrics. This time, someone caught it on video. I’m always talking about “militant masculinity” and intolerance in Turkish society. These are quite abstract terms, but the video makes them real.
At the beginning people are calling out for calm (“Sakin ol”). The guy in the red striped tunic apparently is a neighborhood guy; he and the others with sticks shout towards the end, “You can’t march on this street.” “What are you doing here. Go to Taksim.”