Turkey: 2013 Gezi Park Protests

Turkish protests show depth of anger against Erdogan

ISTANBUL — Barbaros Yesim has written his blood type, A-positive, on his right forearm.

On Tuesday in Taksim Square, where protests against the government raged for a fifth day, the 22-year-old demonstrator said the scribble in blue ink was a precaution against more police violence in clashes that have resulted in two deaths and more than 1,500 injuries since Friday.

The Washington Post, June 4, 2013

Mother of Turkish protester killed in Ankara: ‘Erdogan must resign’

Sayfi Sarisuluk saw her son, Ethem, alive for the last time on May 31.

The 26-year-old Turk, who worked at his brother’s welding business in Ankara, the capital city, was in good spirits, she said. He left the family house where he lived with his mother and his father – a retired literature teacher – along with two brothers and a sister, to join the demonstrations against the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Sunday Telegraph, June 15, 2013

Supporters back Erdogan to ride out protests

ISTANBUL // Supporters of Recep Tayyip Erdogan say the country-wide protests against the Turkish prime minister will not affect his rule and could even strengthen his hand.

The National, June 8, 2013

The Struggle for the Heart of Istanbul

ISTANBUL — Thousands of anti-government demonstrators gathered in the center of Turkey’s largest city on Monday night, preparing to stand their ground against what they feared could be the imminent arrival of riot police.

Roads leading to Istanbul’s Taksim Square, known as the “center of centers” in the sprawling metropolis, remained blocked off by gutted vehicles and scraps of wood and metal, which the protesters moved to reinforce.

Foreign Policy, June 3, 2013

Turkey: Protests Reverberate in Anatolian Heartland

In using strong-armed tactics against his critics in Istanbul, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has counted on the support of his political base, which is centered in Turkey’s Anatolia region. A visit to two strongholds of Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) suggest that while his backing in the conservative Turkish heartland is still strong, it’s potentially brittle.

EuraisaNet, June 12, 2013

Turkey: From Project to Project, from Protest to Protest

Even as Istanbul residents celebrated the reopening of Gezi Park, the small green space in the center of this city that sparked anti-government protests throughout Turkey last month, another demolition and another demonstration were busy getting underway. This time, gardens inside Istanbul’s old city walls that date back to the 6th century are the target. But will Gezi Park provide a lesson to shape both officials’ and protesters’ response?

EurasiaNet, July 8, 2013

Turkey: Will Tourism Prove Another Victim of Police Violence?

With the summer vacation season getting underway in Turkey, experts are wondering what the impact of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s crackdown on Gezi Park protesters will be on the country’s tourism sector.

EurasiaNet, June 21, 2013

Analysis: Turkey tumult and its consequences

Many are wondering what the crisis means in the long-term for Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Is it a passing storm in the evolution of Turkish democracy, or will tensions become more entrenched?

Al-Jazeera, June 17, 2013


Of Taksim and Tantuni

The Greatest Cook in All of Istanbul was about to be beaten by a crowd of young anti-government demonstrators. In all fairness, he might have started the fight: he was in front of his establishment, located near Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, waving a broomstick to keep demonstrators away. He runs a joint that I call the Tantuni Place (actual name: Emine Ana Mersin Tantuni), and to me he is the Greatest Cook in All of Istanbul because he knows how to handle beef, grease, and tomatoes in the right proportions. But he did not express himself properly with the protestors, and if his own friends hadn’t dragged him back into the restaurant, it might have gotten violent.

Roads and Kingdoms, June 5, 2013

Turkey: Where Will the Protest Movement Go?

The mass protests that have swept Turkey in recent days seem to have a quicksand quality for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: the more he moves to quash dissenting views, the more entangled he appears to be getting.

EurasiaNet, June 3, 2013

Turkish forces’ tactics under scrutiny as protest toll rises

ISTANBUL // The death toll from Turkey’s anti-government protests rose to five yesterday, raising fresh questions about the tactics of the security forces.

The National, July 11, 2013

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