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Gezi Park Protests The Turkish Spring 2013 The woman in the Red Dress
The Legacy of Mustafa Kemal Attaturk The secular Turkish Republic and the military as the defender of that principal
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Is the Problem Islam or Erdogan? Sultan Tayyip
PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan AK parti (means white or pure) Elected for the third time in 2011 Turkey has average over 5% GDP growth since their first election in 2002 Is Democracy a train from which you get off once you reach the station. More journalists are in jail in Turkey than in China AKP – Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (Justice and Development Party)
Erdogans Development Plan for Turkey
Erdogans Development Plan for Taksim Square
May 28, 2013 Fifty environmentalists camp in Istanbuls Gezi Park to prevent its demolition. The government intends to build a shopping mall that is a replica of an Ottoman era military barracks.
31 May – Due to social media, the crowd expands, followed by the 1 st severe police crackdown
Istanbuls Gezi Park Is it just about the trees?
The Turkish Media
Taksim Square becomes a festival as the police withdraw due to international pressure
We are all çapulcu Looters, louts, rif-raf, vandals or criminals
Man the Barricades!
Erdogan cracks down: at dawn on 11 June, Police broke through the barricades and began retaking Taksim Square around 8am. Hundreds of riot police with tear gas and rubber bullets took down banners, injuring hundreds
The governor of Istanbul, after promising just to retake the Square and stay out of Gezi Park, orders police to retake the Park on the afternoon of 15 June
Return to Normal? Attaturk Cultural Center Future Mosque? Before After