The Jamhuriyat Road to Taksim Square: Shilpi Suneja
Much admiration for the brave Istanbullus who refused to be beaten and have spread the protests for rights across the nation. Shame on the Turkish govt for bowing to sheer greed over the public’s demand for green spaces!
Guest post by SHILPI SUNEJA
Istanbul, 4 June
The evening of 3 June, 2013 was the first time I’d experienced the sting of pepper spray. I was walking on Cumhuriyet Caddesi near Taksim Square in central Istanbul, where, for the past five days, civilians and the Turkish police have been clashing over what the international media has called “a matter of a few trees”. Certainly, the spark of what is now a huge mass protest spanning multiple cities with over 1,000 injured, was the issue over Gezi Park, an area in central Istanbul where the Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan has proposed to build a shopping complex. The plan was to graze the green space and create a shopping complex. This in an area that already boasts of a Hyatt, a Hilton, a Swiss hotel and shopping centers with national and international brands. “There’s already so many shopping malls here,” said…
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