Target: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Goal: Peaceful protests should be acceptable in Turkey.
The Turkish Government is currently reducing the voice of their people. A peaceful protest has gone array. Many citizens are voicing their distaste in the government’s need to destroy a historic park in Gezi, replacing it with a shopping mall. This is not only about environmental rights but rights as individuals. How can one say he or she lives in a democracy when tear gas is shot at them during a protest?
The time to stop cruel punishment by governments is now. Greed is the main factor that allows this violence to continue. The government’s concern for making money over the well-being of its people and its environment creates a stand still. How can we trust the governments we live with if voicing our opinion always ends in violence, especially when the violence comes from the officials who are supposed to be protecting our rights?
Protests are necessary when the government does not understand what the people want. It is possible to delegate protests in a manner that does not end up being converted to violence. By stopping the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and other harmful devices, peaceful protests are possible.
By signing below, we will be able to take the next step toward our instrumental rights as individuals while reducing the greed of the government.
Dear Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
It is unfortunate to hear that a peaceful protest to protect a small but necessary site in your country cannot go on without violence. What you are doing to the peaceful people trying to protect Taksim Gezi Park restricts any momentum that your democracy has received. You are restricting freedom of speech and the freedom to protest.
Greed does not allow a country to prosper. The unification and determination of its people allows a nation to thrive. If you do not allow this protest to continue peacefully, it will sincerely limit your standing as a leader and as a country.
I hope that you allow peaceful protests to continue as it is a way for the younger generation to get their message across. The small piece of environment may not mean anything to you, but to the people that use that space as an escape from the constant noise throughout the country it does.
[Your Name Here]
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