July 12, 2013
The Battle over 'Turkey's Tahrir' Continues
Mustafa Aydin, PJ Media
Gezi Park in Istanbul, from which national demonstrations against Islamist rule began, had been closed since police forcefully evicted the protestors (chapulcular, in Turkish) a couple of weeks ago. The municipality meanwhile quickly moved in, fixed the walls, planted new trees, lots of new flowers, and beautified the park in general.
During those activities the park was closed to the public. When it was all done the governor of Istanbul announced that it would be open to the public again last Sunday.
Saturday night people, (the chapulcular) wanted to gather together at Taksim Square. But police blocked all the streets leading to the square, so no one could get there.
TAGGED: Taksim Gezi Park, Turkey