Occupy Gezi


Istanbul is currently in the throes of what many are calling the city’s version of an Occupy movement. I’d heard a couple days ago that demonstrators were conducting sit-ins at Taksim Square and the neighboring Gezi Park in response to new construction in the area that includes plans for yet another shopping mall, which is currently slated to take the place of the park, one of very few green spaces left in the metropolis. Demonstrations against this construction have been happening for a few days now, but when police took action this morning to dissolve them with tear gas and water cannons, violence flared, and apparently the premise has since become less about the park itself and more about the government’s recent action in general, which locals fear is becoming more authoritative by the day.

Margaret and I did not intend to witness the demonstration firsthand. We’d intended, actually…

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