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Whether or not the protestors currently occupying Istanbul’s Taksim square can evolve into an effective, open and progressive opposition to the AKP’s authoritarian neoliberal regime remains to be seen. But John McSweeney writes for openDemocracy that one thing is clear: this… Read moreTurkish hopes for a new beginning
by John McSweeney, openDemocracy
Over the past few days Turkey has been gripped by large-scale social unrest not seen since the disastrous economic crisis of 2000-2001. The protests started on the 28 May in Istanbul when a collection of environmentalists and local activists occupied Gezi Park against the uprooting of one of the few major green parks in the sprawling urban metropolis that is Istanbul—a city of over 13 million people—to make way for a shopping mall.
However, what started out as a protest by a small number of people turned into a nation-wide crisis after images began to circulate on social media sites of the repressive approach the police were taking to the protests. The pictures of fully armoured riot police spraying tear gas and pepper spray onto unarmed and peaceful protestors, many of them women, provoked widespread indignation and disgust that resulted in a cacophony of “that’s enough” across Twitter and elsewhere.Continue ReadingTURKISH HOPES FOR A NEW BEGINNING