Conference in Venice

Conference in Venice

Giving a lecture at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, about covering events in Turkey as a foreign photojournalist. (photo by Franco Gatti)

Telling the stories we see as witnesses is one of the main goals of our profession.

To meet in person and to have the chance to discuss my point of view with some of the most interested, most educated of my readers and followers has been a rare chance.

To do this at the Ca’ Foscari University which is the main window on Turkey, in that same Venice which has always been the gate and the trading outpost to the East, reciprocating what Turkey is for Europe, has been a unique, unforgettable experience.

New wave of protests in Ankara

Protests in Ankara

A taxi emerges from a cloud of tear gas fired by riot policemen.

After a month of relative quietness, a fresh wave of protests, met with renewed Polis violence, has hit Ankara.

The protests against the construction of a new road passing over a protected area in the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) forest have been crushed by the police in spite of the lack of any legal permission to build. This has sparked new protests and new police actions.

After the death of yet another protester in Antakya, more demonstrations have spread throughout the country, always met with violent reactions from the police.