What is Happening in Istanbul (Occupying a Park)
May 31, 2013 1 Comment
As months ago I have mentioned, a big destroying project is proceeding in Istanbul. A part of this process is to cut trees in Gezi Parkı area. (See the post here)
It is aimed to re-build the missing structure, Taxim Topçu Military Barrack (Taksim Topçu Kışlası), which has extincted completely a century ago. Now goverment dreams to recontruct this building. We architects, we think that re-creating a completely disappeared monuments is nonsense. Furthermore, they plan to make this building as a mall. Maybe this makes it clear: Capitalism has a dream. If it dreams so it it can re-build the Babel Tower.
They tried to start up cutting trees two days ago. So far, young environmentalist activists have resisted against police and the governement’s brutality.
Istanbul deputy of Kurdish Party Sırrı Süreyya Önder helped halt an operation to remove trees in Taksim Gezi Park when he obstructed the path of a bulldozer, amid running altercations between demonstrators on one side and police and company workers on the other. Önder demanded the license for the demolition, which was not provided by municipality workers.
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