The Gezi Park Protests
In May 2013, protests in Istanbul against a plan to redevelop Gezi Park snowballed into nationwide anti-government protests after the perceived high-handed response of the authorities.
Although the Turkish government opened dialogue with the protesters and the park development was handed over to the courts, the protesters did not see this as a major concession. Activists said their movement was more than just a conservation protest and vowed to stay on.
Media watchers noted that rolling news channels CNNTurk, NTV and Haberturk ignored the initial anti-government protests, while the Turkish Journalists Union claims 22 journalists were dismissed, 14 others suspended and 37 pressured to resign over their coverage of the demonstrations.
Medical officials estimate that 5,000 people have been injured and at least six killed since protests began in earnest on 31 May.
- We Never Walk Alone
- The Choice of Violence (with video)
- The Breath You Give (Poetry)
- Reopening Hearts?
- In the Eye of the Beholder (In 3 parts)
- Stories of Magic
- An Essence of Light
- Ten Things on Gezi Park: 1 | 2
- The Tree of Democracy 1 | 2
- Day of Peace Closes Gezi Park
- The Bid to Be Better
- The Idiocy of Restricting Access
- The Legacy of Response
- Kicking at the Heart
- The Disease of Division (One Year On)
- The Romance of Extremism
- The Mentality of Hate
- A Beast With Many Heads
- Eating Humble Pie