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How many people supported that woman last night
Turkish Spring? Violent clashes rumble through the night in Istanbul
Tonight, Turkey didn’t sleep. Turkey made revolution.
This is how it started. A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens camped out in the last green space of the city centre to save it from being sold out. Two nights in a row, authorities sent in the police to disperse them with massive use of tear gas and water cannons, as if they were disinfecting it from a harmful infestation.
There were dozens of wounded, tents were burned, there was blood on the streets. The park was closed and fenced in.
The people refused to accept it. Gezi Park has become a symbol for many more of their grievances. It’s not just against the private sector taking over the public space. It’s also against the assault on civil liberties under pressure from the religious right. And it’s a personal matter, with Reçep Erdogan.
A Tale From The Taksim Anti-Mall Mobilisations
the struggle over Gezi park is a microcosm of a much broader battle; it is about keeping trees in the city but its roots are much deeper.
Taksim Square is one of Istanbul’s few public spaces, and the heartbeat of its anti-establishment politics. In 1977, amidst the hostility of the Cold War, right-wing militias opened fire on a May Day demonstration and killed thirty-six protestors. Ever since it has been home to mass mobilisations and confrontations.
Gezi park joins the square from the east – a green oasis in the city’s concrete.
When all that capitalism can offer is shopping malls and asphyxiating gas, then defending a park turns into a fight for life itself.
Solidarity and respect from Athens to the people fighting in Istanbul.