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Kemal Gün is 70 and as of today (May 12) is on day 78 of his hunger strike and has started to lose his eyesight. He’s demanding his dead son’s body so he can give him a proper burial. His son, Murat Gün, 28, was killed as part of a raid on the extreme left group Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) in Dersim last year. Everyday, he’s fined 227 TL for protesting in Seyit Riza square. He says: “I may lose weight and experience health problems. I may even die here. But I will neither end my hunger strike nor leave this square. I will keep staying here with my will and honor. We Kurdish people must endure all this. We have experienced torture and everything else, and we should be able to cope with this too. I will stop the protest when they give the bodies of our children even if it is a single bone.”

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“He asked for you specifically,” Meffrid whispered as he led her through one of the deeper tunnels of the Reach. “Why, I don’t know. He said only that he had a message for you and you alone.”

The torches in the tunnels below Rhalgr’s Reach gave off only barely enough light for Ashe to make her way forward, and she would have been much less confident of her progress without Meffrid as her guide. Though the Reach offered a bounty of water and greenery she had never been privileged to know in her earlier life, this part of it - most likely carved out by the Fist of Rhalgr in generations past - called the mesas of Southern Thanalan vividly to mind. If anything, that similarity to the familiar made the experience of traversing the tunnels even more disorienting. “But he didn’t give his name?”

Meffrid shook his head. “He refused.”

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Istanbul, Turkey: Militants of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) have taken hostage Mehmet Selim Kiraz, the prosecutor who is handling the case of the killing of Berkin Elvan, March 31, 2015.

Elvan, 15 years old, died on March 11, 2014, after a coma of 269 days. He was shot in the head on June 30, 2013 by a tear gas grenade fired by police, while he was going to buy bread.

The communist militants demand that the police officers who killed Berkin Elvan confess their crime during a live TV broadcast and for the prosecution of these officers in a “people’s court.” They also demanded that charges be dropped against those who participated in protests in solidarity with Berkin Elvan.

According to a statement released on, the militants have set up a deadline for meeting their demands at 3.36 pm local time.


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In Istanbul, Turkish prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz probing the death of  14-year-old Berkin Elvan during 2013 anti-government protests has been taken hostage by two armed DHKP-C (revolutionary peoples liberation front - party) activists at a courthouse.

They demand a people’s court for the police officer who shot Berkin Elvan. He also has to confess on TV. If not, they gonna shoot Selim Kiraz.

Berkin Elvan is immortal!


2014 Best Bulent Kilic Photography

The Guardian Picture Desk elected Turkish photographer Bulent Kilic from AFP as the best photographer of the year. Here is a look back on 2014 through his lens. Unrest in Ukraine to the refugee crisis on the Turkish-Syrian border through the plane crash of MH17 flight.