Fun Facts About The Gezi Rebellion: It began “as a reaction to the construction of the 93rd shopping mall” on a green area in Turkey
Gezi park is like Central Park New York or Lincoln Park Chicago or Hyde Park London. Major greenbelts in urban areas necessary for the survival of the citizens even if just for the air cleaning properties of large swathes of green amid the asphalt.
Image BBC: Turkey clashes: Why are Gezi Park and Taksim Square so important?
Prime Minister Erdogan’s concept of Ataturk’s “Modernity” was called into question way back at the beginning of the 20th century by the Native American Black Elk (second cousin to Crazy Horse) when asked, after visiting “The Big Cities of Europe”, his view of “modern progress”.
”I guess it depends on what you’re progressing towards.”Attaturk’s modernization of Turkey was not intended to be a “Modernization” of techniques to derive higher profit margins for property development interests at the expense of the people of Turkey and their environment, or the detriment of the long term health of the Turkish economy… courtesy of globalized corporatism.
Turkey: It’s Not Only About a Tree, Stupid (Part 1/2)
14 June 2013
Erdogan’s government has antagonized major portions of Turkish society over the last decade. This is the first of a two part series.
It all started with a sit-in protest against government plans to demolish the last green area – Gezi Park – of Taksim Square in order to build a shopping mall in the center of Istanbul. Protesters occupied the park, set up tents, sang songs, and read books until the police arrived. Police set fire to the tents and showered them with tear gas and water cannons. Following the police attack, within a few hours, the Gezi Park demonstrations spiraled into nationwide protests.
Explosion of Long-Standing Unrest
Although demonstrations began as a reaction to the construction of the 93rd shopping mall on a green area in Turkey, the breaking point was the brutal police repression. However, the demonstrations should be interpreted as an explosion as they reflect long-standing unrest. Therefore, the question is what are the reasons that pushed the Turkish people to protest?
[In Full @ Fair Observer]