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Turkey AKP Erdogan's Ally & Ex-Family Minister Sema Ramazanoğlu Cancels Speech in Bay Area
The AKP Erdogan government sent former Family & Social Policies minister Sema Ramazanoğlu to the bay area to rally supporters in the upcoming election to give more dictatorial power to his government. After protests at a hotel and attempted move to a local area masque she was forced to cancel the speaking event. She was charged with covering up rapes at a government funded religious school and defended the people in charge of the school. Other AKP politicians have been banned from many European countries where they have also sought to campaign.
Turkey AKP Erdogan's Ally and Ex-Family and Social Policies Minister Sema Ramazanoğlu Forced To Cancel Bay Area Campaign Speech
Facing questions about the cover-up of a children rape scandal at the government funded Ensar Foundation religious school Sema Ramazanoğlu, one of the founders of the AKP cancelled her campaign meeting in the bay area.
The AKP Erdogan government has been sending political supporters around the world to rally for a vote for the referendum that would give further dictatorial powers. To the United States, the AKP sent the former Family and Social Policies Minister Sema Ramazanoğlu on March 12, 2017.
People from Turkey in the bay area came to the meeting and had questions about the cover-up of a children rape scandal at the government funded Ensar Foundation religious school. Sema Ramazanoğlu, is one of the founders of the AKP and as a result of the protests cancelled her campaign talk to US supporters. She was supposed to speak at a the hotel Best Western Plus Grosvenor Airport Hotel in South San Francisco but the hotel cancelled the event. Her supporters then tried to move her meeting to a local area masque. There they were confronted with opponents of the Erodgan's party the AKP.
Ramazanoğlu faced large-scale criticism and calls for her resignation in Turkey after it was revealed that 45 children staying at illegal dormitories owned by the Ensar Foundation, a pro-government religious education provider, had been raped by one of Ensar's teachers in Karaman. Ramazanoğlu was ridiculed for her defense of the Foundation, claiming that a 'one-time occurrence of such a situation should not be used to discredit Ensar's contributions to society. She also has supported the destruction of secular education in Turkey and for full government funding for religious schools throughout the country. She is also supporting the mass purge of over 130,000 teachers, academicians, journalists and public workers who they charge with being supporters of Fethullah Gulen. Gulen and his supporters who used to be supporters of the AKP including policies of Islamization of society had a falling out with Erdogan and now the government has charged him and his supporters with trying to overthrow the government. Gulen has set up one of the largest chains of publicly funded charters in the US and his chain receives over $500 million a year for his privately run charter chain.
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SFLC Resolution In Support Of Journalists In Turkey And Resolution Passed by TNG-CWA Local 39521/Pacific Media Workers Guild
SFLC Resolution IN Support Of Journalists In Turkey
WHEREAS the people have the right to be informed about the issues and events affecting them; and
WHEREAS journalistic freedom is essential to the open flow of information on said issues and events; and
WHEREAS, according to the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DİSK), hundreds of cases of harsh treatment of Turkish and foreign journalists, news outlets, websites and social media took place in Turkey between July 27 and August 28, 2015; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the San Francisco Labor Council joins Turkey’s Solidarity Network Against Censorship (including the Journalists Union of Turkey), Alternative Media Association, DİSK’s press branch, the International Federation of Journalists and the Pacific Media Workers Guild (The NewsGuild-CWA Local 39521) in protesting the systematic targeting and repression of journalists and news media in Turkey, and in calling on the Turkish Government to halt these abhorrent practices; and that the San Francisco Labor Council hereby declares its solidarity with Turkey’s journalists and news media and the working people whom they serve.
Submitted Richard Knee, Vice President, Pacific Media Workers Guild CWA Local 39521, and adopted by the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Labor Council on February 1, 2016 and the Delegate Body of the San Francisco Labor Council on February 8, 2016.
Tim Paulson Executive Director
OPEIU3 AFL-CIO 11
Thousands Protest Arrest of 2 Turkish Journalists on Spying Charges
CWA Media Workers Resolution in Support Of Journalists in Turkey
Passed on 9/19/15 By TNG-CWA Local 39521/Pacific Media Workers Guild
Whereas, the protection of the rights of journalists are critical for a free exchange of information and for the right of the public to be informed about all issues and,
Whereas according to a report titled "Refeictions of War on Press in 40 Days" by the Turkey Confederation of Progressive Trade Union of Turkey (DISK) which includes violations of the law between July 27 and August 28, 2015.
The report says, 2,544 people were detained, 338 people were arrested, 137 people died, 130 regions of 15 provinces were declared as special areas in 40 days and ‘basic rights were suspended.’
Attacks against journalists and the media
Between July 27 and August 28.
* 103 websites, 23 twitter accounts were blocked. 50 URL were blocked with the attempt of a businessman, Ethem Sancak.
* 10 journalists were attacked, three journalists were threatened by the police.
* Newspapers Evrensel and Sol were threatened by Turkish Revenge Brigade (TİT). Sözcü Newspaper announced ‘they won’t be silent.’
* 20 journalists from Newspapers Hürriyet, Milliyet and HaberTürk.
21 journalists were on trial, two journalists were arrested
* Two British journalists were arrested.
* 21 journalists were put on trial since they published the images of prosecutor Mehmet Kira who was kidnapped by gunmen and they were sued for imprisonment for 157,5 years.
* A media group was raided by policemen, and
Whereas, the Solidarity Network against Censorship which includes the Journalists' Union of Turkey, DİSK’s press branch and Alternative media Association. (EA/BD) said these violations and attacks should be perceived as attacks against freedom of expression and press and,
Whereas, the threat to journalists in Turkey and their right to to their job is a danger to freedom of the press and the right of all people to information about their struggles and lives and,
Whereas, journalists around the world face growing threats to their rights and ability to do their jobs and,
Whereas, the CWA Media workers represents journalists and media workers in Northern California and Hawaii,
Whereas, the International Federation of Journalists IFJ and CWA Newspaper Guild oppose these attacks on the rights of journalists in Turkey,
Therefore be it resolved we protest the systemic targeting and repression of journalists in Turkey and call on the government of Turkey to halt these attacks and this local calls for solidarity with journalists in Turkey and support initiatives such as the Solidarity Network Against Censorship and urge all workers, trade unionists and the San Francsico Labor Council, California Federation of Labor to support the rights of journalists in Turkey.
The AKP government has launched a brutal murderous attack on Kurdish children and teachers in Turkey Kurdistan and the unions along with the students have protested the repression. These areas will likely be prevented from voting in the upcoming election thereby disenfranchising this large minority in Turkey.
There has been the jailing of hundreds of journalists and the closure of the majority of independent news agencies. This mass repression of freedom of speech has been supported by the silence of the United States which has a military base at in Turkey
Sema Ramazanoğlu has supporting the repression and attacks on students and professors in Turkey where the government has purged thousands of professors and teachers without trial or charges and are replacing them with fundamentalist supporters.