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    Protests across Turkey

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Istanbul resident yelinb, who describes herself as an activist, was moved to write her thoughts on the days of protests that have rippled across various cities in Turkey. Of the protesters, she says that many are "so young, in their 20s, they want their humanity back". She feels that while the protests are working, she wants those involved to think more about what they want. "I want to concentrate on the thinking part of this manifestation [the protests]," she says. "We shouldn't stop but we should act more consciously. We have to write, we have to share our thoughts." The graffiti, incidentally, appears to say "opium, cannabis, revolution". While unclear if from the recent protests, it's an unusual sentiment for the events unfolding in the city and across the country.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Another sleepless night. My weak mind&body try to understand what happened after 3am, meaning after I got the necessary dose of tear gas, got back home and tried to follow social media to get the latest news and to inform friends who struggle on the front lines, very close to police and violence. This is our routine by night since Friday May 31st. I don't know when it will end but i already feel like a robot whose main role is to click the share button on Facebook.

    I just watched a video of an interview with a police officer. He is about 24-25 years old, I assume. Perhaps even younger. He said it is his 66th sleepless hour. He said he doesn't know what he is been doing now and he doesn't even know if he is on the right or wrong side. He just executes the commands that his salary depends on.

    I felt sorry for him. He doesn't deserve to be treated like this. Just as we don't deserve to be treated, threatened like this.

    I am 31 years old, studied in a French high school, in a private university with full scholarship. I work in performing arts and in cinema professionally and internationally. I was raised in a social democrat family but although I am a leftist (not in a Turkish but global context) I never had very strong political ties and tried to stay away of all extremes.

    To cut it short I leave a resurrection since May 31st. I am determined to not let this government live with it. We, people of Turkey, are united around one and only cause: we won't let them treat us like a herd, like a bunch of "capulcu" as Erdogan says, we won't let them take the Gezi Park and build another shopping mall, we won't let them demolish AKM which is already closed since 2008, we won't let them ruin the beautiful architecture and landscape of Istanbul, we won't let them go on with what they have been doing since, to me, an eternity. Gezi Park is only a symbol which lighted the fire of hope in us and this time we won't let it be extinguished.

    We don't want this fool of Erdogan to represent our country anymore. Our "beautiful and lonely country" as Nuri Bilge Ceylan has said at the award ceremony of Cannes Film Festival back in 2008, needs all the international support that it can get. Do not be frightened of coming here, do not cancel your travel plans. Stand and resist with us here or just express that you support us, you see us and know what is going on here. Be conscious, be aware. We need to know that we are not fighting alone. The king is naked and we'll make everyone in this country realise this by keeping our peaceful resistance going on.

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