Turkish police run over protesters with a truck!

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posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 08:09 PM
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As many of us are aware, there is civil unrest that has been ongoing in Turkey. They are unhappy with the current regime and it's policies domestically and abroad and it has become rather ugly, some have even called it the "Turkish Spring" among other things.


Violent protests against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan engulfed Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, on Saturday and spread to other cities, including the capital, Ankara, as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in a second day of civil unrest and faced the tear gas and water cannons of a harsh police crackdown.

www.nytimes.com...


Well, I just wanted to show this video I came across. It could be classified as an accident but from what I can tell (from both angles) the driver of this vehicle should have been expecting a crowd of protesters.

I say both angles because there are two separate videos showing the same incident from a different viewpoint and no matter how hard I try to justify the driver's actions, I just can't.

Opinions often differ so I am prepared to be "corrected" and perhaps someone can provide some information that will enlighten me as for why this driver's actions should be justified as accidental.





Obviously the citizens of Turkey are unhappy and they are causing unrest which will cause the government to counter-react. But does this counter-reaction justify ramming a crowd full of people with gigantic trucks with plows on them?

From what I have seen of the coverage so far this brutal incident is one of many so my guess is that the government has given the order to do whatever is necessary. It is said that they have retreated for the night but I wonder how they will respond if these protests continue.

I hope that things cool off in Turkey as the whole region already seems to be in turmoil and the last thing we need is for Turkey to erupt from the inside.




posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 08:15 PM
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Lots of nations are building up pressure from the inside, just a matter of time before it all turns.



posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 08:38 PM
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Um...yeah...no...that was totally on purpose no question.

There is a lot of unrest in nations all over the globe,I wonder when we'll have an American spring?



posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 09:02 PM
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Wow, this next one is not for the squeamish but there is no gore so should fall within the terms and conditions, please ignore the title of the video as we do not know whether or not this man dies. If the title is correct and this man did not survive, my thoughts go out to his family and friends.

They spray this guy with a water cannon on full force...ouch


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posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 09:53 PM
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Dear Corruption Exposed,

Edit to add: Sorry, in this post I'm referring to the last of the three videos.

I don't know the ins and outs of the Turkish protests, so I'll say nothing about them. But I feel I can comment on the video you've given us.

A man shouts to get the attention of the water cannon truck, and presents himself as an obvious target. When nobody pays attention to him, he kicks the truck, then gets back into water cannon range shouting (I believe) the Turkish equivalent of "Shoot me, you %^%@, I dare you! Come on *@$*)$, shoot me."

So, they do.

To me, this should have been on America's Funniest Videos, or perhaps Abdul Faces Reality.


With respect,
Charles1952

P.s. In the first of your three videos, there appears no way the protester could have been seen as he is crouched down behind that green material. At least that video makes me think "accident." Because of the water spray, I can't tell if he got away by jumping backwards or not. I think we can all agree that, unless there's been a huge definitional change, the vehicle is not a panzer.
- C -
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posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:01 PM
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And this same nation is calling upon and acting against the syrian govt to step down over the same acts? chickens coming home to roost?



posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:08 PM
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posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:14 PM
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Originally posted by SubTruth
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Wow your comments are way over the top and racist.
I am all for freedom of speech but you are just plain stupid and that is giving you more credit then you deserve.


What this man did does is not a reason for him to be killed. Learn some empathy it is sad you did not learn it at a young age from your parents.


On ATS it's OK to be racist against Muslims, that has been the case for some time.

Get used to it.



posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:14 PM
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Everyone is allowed their own interpretation, but I do not find anything funny about any of the three videos but I am glad you can find humor in such things


I have seen some things that belong on a blooper compilation, these weren't in that category.



posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:17 PM
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.s. In the first of your three videos, there appears no way the protester could have been seen as he is crouched down behind that green material.


This was the only part of your post that made sense...and Abdul Faces Reality..?


Your wit knows no bounds, unfortunately - nor any creativity, thankfully...





posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:21 PM
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justified or otherwise, if you look closely you'll see that the individual in question. the one that 'gets hit', actually slides off to the side, gets up and walks away with apparently nary an issue or encumbrance despite and no matter.

they certainly don't see the 'big deal' over it all.

so why are/should we be debating/discussing it further here?!


he g0t sc ooped out of the way, as pewr the vehicle's design and lives to be a nuisance yet another day..

(?)

sorry, but ... Nah ... don't have much/any respect for those who stage shyte to draw attention(s) to themselves or their 'causes'.




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posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:27 PM
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Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
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Everyone is allowed their own interpretation, but I do not find anything funny about any of the three videos but I am glad you can find humor in such things


I have seen some things that belong on a blooper compilation, these weren't in that category.





I agree there is nothing even funny about this. People that find humor in suffering of people and animals are pathetic and cruel.


Empathy is not something you are born with it is a learned trait and it is sad to see so many parents that have failed teaching this much needed life lesson. This man has a mother and father and children maybe.........he did not deserve this.


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posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:29 PM
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Originally posted by 12m8keall2c
justified or otherwise, if you look closely you'll see that the individual in question. the one that 'gets hit', actually slides off to the side, gets up and walks away with apparently nary an issue or encumbrance despite and no matter.

they certainly don't see the 'big deal' over it all.

so why are/should we be debating/discussing it further here?!


he g0t sc ooped out of the way, as pewr the vehicle's design and lives to be a nuisance yet another day..

(?)

sorry, but ... Nah ... don't have much/any respect for those who stage shyte to draw attention(s) to themselves or their 'causes'.




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You are kinda representing ATS by being a MOD swearing is not a good reflection. And I believe it is against the T&C.



Also who are you to decide what is important to discuss? Just saying?
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posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:31 PM
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posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:34 PM
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posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:37 PM
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Dear just about everybody in the world,

To show you how insensitive I am, I will say that I am very surprised by your distress.

If I recall, I point out that, at least from the first video, it could have been an accident, which was what the OP was asking for. I further point out that the truck involved is certainly not a panzer.

Also I mention that the individual hit with the water cannon is, literally, begging to be shot with it. I don't see how any of the above can be considered objectionable.

Apparently people are upset over one of two things (or perhaps both). One that the police did shoot him with the water cannon. This seems to be a case similar to that of two brothers. The little one dances around the big one singing "Nyah, Nyah, You can't hit me," over and over and over, and over, until the big one sticks out a paw, and the little one falls flat. If you can't see the humor, or at least the reasonableness of that, we see the world differently.

Or, perhaps, you're upset that he was killed? But was he? All we have is the caption, no evidence at all. I believe deaths from water cannons are rare. Notice, that the clip ends abruptly. There is no one shown rushing to his aid, no blood, no ambulance, nothing. All we have is the caption. Remember, the caption was also where we learned that the police were using panzers.

Forgive me for saying this, but it appears that many here have an emotional involvement that may be clouding their judgment. And, no, I won't respond to ad hominems.
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posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:43 PM
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Originally posted by charles1952
Dear just about everybody in the world,

To show you how insensitive I am, I will say that I am very surprised by your distress.

If I recall, I point out that, at least from the first video, it could have been an accident, which was what the OP was asking for. I further point out that the truck involved is certainly not a panzer.

Also I mention that the individual hit with the water cannon is, literally, begging to be shot with it. I don't see how any of the above can be considered objectionable.

Apparently people are upset over one of two things (or perhaps both). One that the police did shoot him with the water cannon. This seems to be a case similar to that of two brothers. The little one dances around the big one singing "Nyah, Nyah, You can't hit me," over and over and over, and over, until the big one sticks out a paw, and the little one falls flat. If you can't see the humor, or at least the reasonableness of that, we see the world differently.

Or, perhaps, you're upset that he was killed? But was he? All we have is the caption, no evidence at all. I believe deaths from water cannons are rare. Notice, that the clip ends abruptly. There is no one shown rushing to his aid, no blood, no ambulance, nothing. All we have is the caption. Remember, the caption was also where we learned that the police were using panzers.

Forgive me for saying this, but it appears that many here have an emotional involvement that may be clouding their judgment. And, no, I won't respond to ad hominems.
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I have no emotional ties to this other then being a human being. There is no humor in this. I stand by what I said and they can pull my posts till the cows come home I really don't care.



Also your comments were very racist. Try and spin that one for me.



posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 10:52 PM
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Also your comments were very racist. Try and spin that one for me.

Spin it? I don't even understand it.
How does race enter into this? I don't even know what race the people involved in this are.



posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 11:04 PM
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Originally posted by charles1952
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Dear Corruption Exposed,

Edit to add: Sorry, in this post I'm referring to the last of the three videos.

I don't know the ins and outs of the Turkish protests, so I'll say nothing about them. But I feel I can comment on the video you've given us.

A man shouts to get the attention of the water cannon truck, and presents himself as an obvious target. When nobody pays attention to him, he kicks the truck, then gets back into water cannon range shouting (I believe) the Turkish equivalent of "Shoot me, you %^%@, I dare you! Come on *@$*)$, shoot me."

So, they do.

To me, this should have been on America's Funniest Videos, or perhaps Abdul Faces Reality.


With respect,
Charles1952

P.s. In the first of your three videos, there appears no way the protester could have been seen as he is crouched down behind that green material. At least that video makes me think "accident." Because of the water spray, I can't tell if he got away by jumping backwards or not. I think we can all agree that, unless there's been a huge definitional change, the vehicle is not a panzer.
- C -
edit on 1-6-2013 by charles1952 because: Add P.s.





Abdul faces reality is kinda racist don't ya think. Also you said you had no idea what race was involved in a later post. Do you still stand behind that comment?



posted on Jun, 1 2013 @ 11:14 PM
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Originally posted by charles1952
P.s. In the first of your three videos, there appears no way the protester could have been seen as he is crouched down behind that green material.


That's a good point, although he was near some other people that the driver would have clearly seen but he chose to drive towards them anyway. There's no excuse for that.

Having said this, the plough on the front of the truck is designed to prevent people falling under the wheels, so the protester would have been pushed aside by it.

At most I reckon he copped a few bruises and grazes; maybe a fracture if he was unlucky. He certainly didn't end up under the truck, so he will be alive and kicking.





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