Category Archives: Essays

Turkish protest about more than just a park

Demonstrations across Turkey are about more than a shopping centre development; the mass protests stem from a deeper unease. Lisa Morrow lives in Istanbul and has witnessed the riots firsthand. The following is her account of the clashes. Istanbul: June 1, 2013 By now most people around the world will be aware of the protests taking place in Istanbul, Ankara, [...] → Read the full article…

Turkey at the crossroads

On June 4, after a week of protests that have seen hundreds of thousands of people pour into Istanbul’s Taksim Square and take to the streets of Ankara, Izmir and some 65 other cities across the country, Turkey’s President Abdullah Gül assured anxious businessmen that these events were not comparable to the revolutions that erupted in Tunisia and Egypt in [...] → Read the full article…

LGBT Organizations in Turkey Participate (and are accepted) in Gezi Park protests

Here is a look at gezi protests from GLAAD, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:  The article by Hannah Moch from June 7th covers the unification that the different and sometimes rival groups experiences as they are united to protect gezi parki. There are opinions from protestors saying the gezi movement has allowed people from different groups to listen and [...] → Read the full article…

The Guardian: Teargas: a booming market in repressing dissent – Anna Feigenbaum

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To weapons companies, Turkish protests sit alongside terrorism as another sales opportunity. It’s time to stop the mass poisoning. This picture of Ceyda Sungur being sprayed with teargas has become a symbol of the protests in Turkey. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters In the wake of the protests in Turkey, much has been written and said about the iconic “woman in the [...] → Read the full article…

Today’s Zaman: Gezi, anatomy of a public square movement – Nilüfer Göle

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A new movement is in the making right in front of our eyes. Even the participants in this movement are astonished. They feel the joy of hearing their own voices and seeing the unifying power of their acts. The tension is high, even days later. There is a festive atmosphere despite the disturbing sense of potential clashes, the police pressure, [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: Photo Essay – Thousands Bring Gezi Parkı Resistance to A New Day

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There are thousands of people in Gezi Park and Taksim Square. They are bringing their struggle to a new day as they are saluting the resistance under the trees carved with names of who has lost lives. Leaving behind Day 8 of Gezi Parkı Resistance, thousands are bringing the resistance to a new day. Scores joined Gezi Park by the [...] → Read the full article…