‘#occupygezi’ — How an Istanbul Park Ignited the ‘Turkish Spring’

  • Erdem Koç


In May 2013, what began as a sit-in protest of Gezi Park in the heart of Istanbul triggered a national uprising in what has been labelled as one of the biggest protests in Turkey’s history1 What started as a 50-person demonstration of the redevelopment of a park quickly morphed into a protest against police brutality and a government that acquired too much control over its citizens’ freedom of speech and expression. The uprisings engulfed much of the country for several months, with many analysts claiming it was the start of the ‘Turkish Spring’.2


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