Tag Archives: Resistance in Turkey

theguardian: The ongoing Turkish protests have left us enlightened and emboldened

Turkish anti-government protesters in Gezi Park, Istanbul

The overseas interest has waned but our protests continue amid a brutal government crackdown and give us reason to smile Turkish anti-government protesters in Gezi Park, Istanbul. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images On 25 June, three weeks after the Gezi Park protest started, an American friend sent me an email. He asked me whether I was OK, and hoped that the [...] → Read the full article…

Story of Başak


My name is Başak. I am 21 years old. Who did this to me? Handful of dogs!!! I guess a bit further than this would be death… We are not those provocateurs who, with sticks in their hands, are breaking the windows of the banks, destroying the streets and starting fire, and stirring up people making them run around. It’s true; I participated [...] → Read the full article…

Sunday’s Zaman: Erdoğan shot himself in the foot in Taksim

Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protests at Taksim Square in central İstanbul on May 31, 2013. (Photo: Reuters, Osman Orsal)

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) emerged as a source of hope in 2001 amidst an atmosphere of chaos and instability in Turkey. The Turkish public was so fed up with long years of coalition governments, deteriorating economy and anti-democratic interventions in politics by non-civilian forces that within a short period of time, the AK Party garnered the [...] → Read the full article…