12 April 2012, TURKEY- Istanbul

Coalition for Global Peace and Justice (Kuresel BAK)/Conscientious Objection for Peace/Feminist Magazine Uçan Süpürge/Women for Conscientious Objection/International Baran Tursun Foundation/DÖH/DurDe (Say Stop)/KEG

There was a street press declaration on 12th April at 12:30 pm in Galatasaray Square, Taksim, Istanbul.
The press release was prepared by Sevin Okyay who won a pride award in Istanbul movie festival. Also an activist from Conscientious Objection for Peace group made a speech, as did Colin Archer, director of the International Peace Bureau.
The main slogan was “Military spending is damage for humanity” (in Turkish: “Askeri harcamalar, İnsanlığa zarar!”).
The sub messages were: “Military spending is an interest for defense companies and it is a grave for humanity”, “No to arming, yes education”, “no to war, yes to peace; no to bomb yes to job”, “do NOT arm”, “Turkey is second in economic growth, 76th in democratic growth”, “the number of world military spending is 1.731 trillion dollars”, “no one is born as a soldier”.