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IFEX Member Initiative for Freedom of Expression - Turkey has called on individuals and organizations around the world to band together and stand still in front of various Turkish consulates and embassies in support of the peaceful demonstrators in Taksim Square.
Demonstrations will consist of seven individuals standing together in silence for seven minutes in honour of the seven individuals killed in connection with the protests. The stand-still is a protest tactic that has recently become popular among Turkish demonstrators, and has evolved into an effective symbol of resistance as it leaves the police with little opportunity to make arrests. Engaging in an action according to these specifications allows foreign demonstrators to show support for and solidarity with the peaceful protestors in Turkey.
CJFE is organizing a gathering in Toronto, in collaboration with 6 other like-minded organizations concerned with the right to free expression, including IFEX, PEN Canada, Amnesty International Canada, Journalists for Human Rights, the Canadian Association of Journalists, and the Canadian Media Guild. One representative from each group will stand still to show their support the peaceful demonstrators in Turkey. If you are interested in taking action, please join us on Sunday, July 28 to send a message to Turkish diplomats around the world about the importance of the right to freedom of assembly and expression.
Read our joint action statement detailing our concern for the free expression rights of Turkish journalists and demonstrators.