Tag Archives: Turkey protests

Bianet: Mock campaign launched to choose TOMAs


“Dakar TOMA”, “TOMAZILLA”, “At-At TOMA”, “TOMAdurma”, “Çapulsavar”, “TOMAĞĞĞ”… What’s your favorite TOMA? TOMA – acronym for Intervention Vehicle to Public Events in Turkish – has inspired Gezi Park activists to launch a mock campaign where people are to design their own TOMAs. Initiated under slogans like “Don’t expect everything from the government” and “We won’t learn how to design TOMAs [...] → Read the full article…

Jadaliyya: Self-fulfilling prophecy: understanding the uprising in Turkey – Erdem Yoruk

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For most people around the world, the recent uprising against Turkey’s ruling Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP) is still a puzzle. Why did a protest over a park lead to country-wide unrest so quickly? The Turkish government has explained what happened by resorting to a conspiracy theory, referring to an international “interest-rate lobby” that planned to overthrow the government. Yet, [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: Being a “student” in Gezi resistance


It was towards midnight when my students, once again, came to rescue me in the moment of devastation under the influence of gas; they found me sitting on the ground at the corner of a side-street… I had run out of Talcid solution and water. I was enormously excited when Bianet’s editorial director, Haluk Kalafat, first talked about the idea [...] → Read the full article…