What is Happening in Istanbul (Occupying a Park)

Turkey Protest

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.


As inhabitants of this city, we are not complacent, because Istanbul is becoming empire of the concrete. Everywhere is becoming full of mass, full of these ugly huge buildings.timthumb

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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One Response to What is Happening in Istanbul (Occupying a Park)

  1. naomimgruer says:

    Thanks for stopping by my lifestyle blog Bmore Energy, http://bmoreenergy.wordpress.com/! I’m sorry to read what is going on in your part of the world. I try to keep up by reading the papers but you have provided an inside view with your post.


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