#OccupyTurkey the 10th day. Erdoğan is going to be back from his North Africa trip.. A massive roundup:

Revolutionary Muslims give support to Occupy Gezi


?Blame us if needed,? says RedHack on Twitter detentions over protests

The Turkish hacker network gave tips to protesters to avoid being charged over tweets.

Turkish protesters have invented a new verb: ‘chapul

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Ergodan hasn’t exactly been conciliatory toward protesters over the past week, condemning “extremists” and “bandits” for trying to destabilize the country. He also strongly objects to Twitter, which he hasaccused of being the “worst menace to society.”

Turkey protests continue as country awaits Erdogan’s return

Prime minister is due to return from north Africa visit to face demands for apology overfierce police crackdown on protesters

Turkish police clashed with demonstrators overnight before the return of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to a country rattled by a week of protest against his leadership.

Erdogan returns from a visit to north Africa to face demands he apologise over a fierce police crackdown and sack those who ordered it, following six days of protests that have left two dead and more than 4,000 injured in a dozen cities.

Financial Fears Gain Credence as Unrest Shakes Turkey

While Turkey?s economy has grown swiftly over the past decade, the recent protests in Taksim Square are signaling that economic trouble could be approaching.
The Middle Class Strikes Back

Turkey?s government is a victim of its own success. The growing middle class it created is now demanding a voice.
Gezi Park is now a utopic ?Freetown?

Istanbul?s city center is now a timeless place after the police withdrawal. Gezi Park now solely belong to the people and ideologies previously deemed closed to the mainstream.
Occupy Taksim talks start before Erdoğan returns

As Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan returns from a series of official visits abroad…
Protesters dedicate a street to slain journalist Hrant Dink in Gezi Park

The demonstrators now freely occupying Istanbul?s Gezi Park opened a symbolic street dedicated to the murdered Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dinkü
Turkey’s Government Doesn’t Understand Its Digital Enemy

Turkey’s Government Doesn’t Understand Its Digital Enemy
Protest Group Gives Turkish Official a List of Demands

The group is seeking the dismissal of the governors of Istanbul, Ankara and Hatay as well as the heads of the security forces in those three cities.
Civil Disobedience on a Turkish Game Show

While most of Turkey?s journalists were carefully avoiding mention of the protests this week, the host of one Turkish game show found a way to raise the issue not once but 70 times
Crowd attacks supporters of Gezi Park protests in Turkish PM Erdoğan?s homeland

For the first time since the beginning of the countrywide protests, a major clash broke out between two groups in Rize, homeland of PM Erdoğan
Ces Turcs qui défient Erdogan

La Libre Belgique, 05/06/2013, p.1 Envoyé spécial à Istanbul, Christophe Lamfalussy Même si le gouvernement turc tente d?apaiser les esprits, la contestation bat son plein. Reportage place Taksim, à Istanbul. p. 16      Génération Taksim Le gouvernement turc a tenté mardi d?enrayer les manifestations sans précédent en reconnaissant la légitimité des revendications. Le mouvement de
Jean Marcou : « Erdogan ne semble pas avoir pris la mesure de l?événement »

Le Figaro (France) no. 21410, mercredi 5 juin 2013, p. 3 Propos recueillis par Arielle Thedrel Jean Marcou est professeur à l?Institut d?études politiques de Grenoble et spécialiste de la Turquie. Le Figaro. ? Peut-on déjà parler de « Printemps turc » ? Jean Marcou. – Nous sommes plutôt dans un mouvement citoyen du type
Taksim, temple de la République turque

Le Figaro (France) no. 21409, mardi 4 juin 2013, p. 8 Laure Marchand, Istanbul Le réaménagement de cette place d?Istanbul a déclenché la révolte contre Erdogan. Contestation. Figure historique préférée du premier ministre turc, Mehmet le Conquérant a pris Constantinople en 1453. À défaut de faire tomber les remparts de la vieille ville comme son
Des projets d?urbanisme démesurés à l?origine des émeutes d?Istanbul

Le Monde (France) mercredi 5 juin 2013, p. 2 Audrey Garric Un petit parc de 600 arbres. C?est de là qu?est parti le large mouvement de contestation qui secoue Istanbul depuis une semaine. Pour la population, le projet d?aménagement urbain qui prévoit la suppression de l?espace vert Gezi, l?un des rares de la mégalopole turque,
Comme un parfum de Mai 68

Tribune de Genève (Suisse) mardi 4 juin 2013, p. 1 Bernard Bridel Recep Tayyip Erdogan n?est pas Charles de Gaulle. Mais ce qui se passe ces jours dans les rues des grandes villes de Turquie rappelle un certain Mai 68 en France. Quand une frange de la population ? plutôt jeune et urbaine, d?abord ?
La fin du modèle turc ?

Le Figaro (France) no. 21410, mercredi 5 juin 2013, p. 14 Dorothée Schmid Pour l?auteur, chercheur à l?Ifri *, les événements de la place Taksim sont l?expression d?un rejet du régime autoritaire du premier ministre Erdogan. Depuis quelques jours la Turquie est le théâtre de violents affrontements entre manifestants et forces de l?ordre. La tension
Le désamour turco-européen

La Libre Belgique, 04/06/2013, p.15 Gilles Toussaint Le mouvement de révolte populaire en Turquie fait écho à ce qui se passe en Turquie et en Egypte. Alors que les négociations sur l?adhésion de la Turquie patinent depuis de longues années, l?Union européenne (UE) a-t-elle, sans le vouloir, indirectement contribué aux événements qui secouent actuellement ce
Test of Turkish democracy

The Jakarta Post (Indonesia) Tuesday, June 4, 2013, p. 6 Editorial The wave of anti-government protests in Istanbul and more than 60 other cities and towns in Turkey last week will likely continue in the absence of any resolution over the weekend. How Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan resolves this challenge will test the resiliency
Model of Muslim democracy loses its lustre in eyes of Arab onlookers

Financial Times (UK) Tuesday, June 4, 2013, p. 3 By Borzou Daragahi in Cairo and Michael Peel in Abu Dhabi The popular protests against the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan have gripped an Arab world that looked to Turkey as a model of Islamic democracy, write Borzou Daragahi in Cairo and Michael Peel in Abu
Erdogan?s Responsibility for the Arab Spring

Dar Al Hayat (Lebanon) Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Elias Harfoush Regardless of what we think about the latest turmoil in Turkey, it is hard to view these events independently from the context of the region?s events and the revolutions staged against a number of regimes within the past two years all the way to the

Pinned under government’s thumb , Turkish media covers penguins , not protests

Christian Science Monitor

The way people consume media, especially young people is changing so the media has to adjust, otherwise it will lose all of its advertising revenue,? says Asli Tunc, a professor and the head of the Media School at IstanbulBilgi University. RECOMMENDED .

Turkey riots, but it’s not a ‘Spring’

The Australian

“Turkey is not in a situation to preach democracy because winning elections alone is not an indicator of the quality of democracy,” said Ilter Turan, a professor at Istanbul’s private Bilgi University. “Mr Erdogan does not accept any limitations to his

LOCAL > Protesters are young, libertarian and furious at Turkish PM, says survey

Hurriyet Daily News

… did not feel close to any political party, while only 15.3 percent said they felt close to a political party, according to a recent online survey conducted by Esra Ercan Bilgiç and Zehra Kafkaslı, two academics from Istanbul Bilgi University

Turkish protesters are young, liberal and mad at PM, poll says


Some 70% of the protesters said they were not allied to a political party while only 15.3% said they had a party affiliation, according to a June 3-4 poll by Esra Ercan Bilgiç and Zehra Kafkaslı, two academics from IstanbulBilgi University.


Unity in Diversity! : Gezi Park Protests in Turkey as a Call for Democracy? by Dr. Gözde Yılmaz

Dr. Gözde Yılmaz

On May 27, 2013 the protests in Taksim Gezi Park were launched by environmentalists in order to preserve the park from the Turkish authorities, who want to reconstruct the previously demolished Ottoman military barracks that would also include a shopping mall inside the building. Protests started with a cry to preserve the limited green area left in Istanbul and turned into a democratic protest series all over Turkey. Increasing police violence against peaceful demonstrators, which was kept secret from the public by censorship of the mainstream media and reached to a number of people through non-mainstream and new social media, touched hearts of many and drove them to the streets

Turkish Airlines flight attendants on strike join Gezi Park ?marauders? with parody

The air stewards of Turkish Airlines on strike for better working conditions have also joined the ‘marauder’ (Çapulcu) movement, with a video that went viral on the web.

Turkey: Twitter and Mass Media Become Part of the Story

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Mass media and social networks have emerged as fault lines in Turkey?s deepening crisis over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s governing style.



Turkish Police Arrest 25 For Spreading ‘Misinformation’ on Twitter

As clashes in Turkey continue, police are starting to crack down on protesters that are using social media. On Wednesday, Turkish police detained at least 25 people whom they accused of tweeting misinformation, encouraging rebellion and spreading propaganda

Erdogan must work for all Turks

These protests have shaken Turkey, and are a milestone in its history, but they will not topple the prime minister

Turkey’s Rulers Get Rude Wake-Up Call

The protests in Turkey serve as a wake-up call for its prime minster, who was caught off guard.

Turkish media in spotlight after protests

Critics say Turkey?s media sector is compromised by its corporate owners? ties to government, and by Ankara?s overweening influence over business life

Turkey sees spike in concealment software

Installations of virtual private network software have risen about tenfold since the protests began last week

Scenes from #OccupyGezi

Three photos picked from the OccupyGeziPics Tumblr, chosen for their vivid incongruities, and also to remind us all that Turkey still fights for the right to protest:

A young girl sells Anonymous masks in Taksim

Turkish trio who took out New York Times ad: ‘It’s really not about us’

US-based Oltac Unsal, Murat Akhtihanoglu and Duygyu Atacan say their campaign goal was to get the world’s attention

As anti-government protests in Turkey enter their ninth day, Turks continue to stream into public spaces in their thousands. But for Turks abroad who want to get involved, the route to participation is less clear.

Turkey: A Social Media Chronology of Occupy Gezi

This post originally appeared on the author’s own blog, Azadolu.

On April 10, 2013 a hashtag on the Turkish twittersphere proclaimed #ayagakalk (which translates to ?stand up?). The call came from a small group of activists trying to preserve the standing park, Gezi Park in Taksim Square, against plans to build a mall in the area. Nobody expected this little incident to turn into the biggest protest in the country?s republican history. In the words of Twitter userEzgi Medran, who was trying to collect signatures on April 10 for the initial protest slated for April 13 [tr]:


Protesters are able to enjoy hot meals in Taksim thanks to solar technology.

Thanks to Greenpeace-Turkey activists, some of the protesters in Taksim will be able to enjoy hot meals in Gezi Parki. Today’s menu is fried eggs and bulgur pilav with tomatoes. Picture courtesy of the TGB(Türkiye Genclik Birligi-Turkey Youth Union) Facebook page.

Anonymous and Syrian Electronic Army Hack Turkish Government Networks

The hacktivist collective Anonymous pledged to support protesters in Turkey by attacking “every Internet and communication asset of the Turkish government.” Now they’ve been joined in their fight by another infamous group of hackers, theSyrian Electronic Army

Istanbul feels like a carnival, but the protests are violent in Turkey’s provinces
ANTAKYA , Turkey ? Thousands have filled Istanbul’s Gezi Park and the surrounding Taksim Square to celebrate what they consider their great victory. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan still treats them with disdain, but the president and a deputy

Istanbul United
Jerusalem Post
As a former Istanbul resident I would have never posited that the Park of Excursion, or Gezi Park as it is widely known in Turkey, would provide the spark for mass riots against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party

Istanbul Uprising
And then Istanbul erupted. Let there be no mistake, Istanbul cannot be lumped in with Athens, Barcelona, Lisbon or New York. What is happening in Turkey is the flip-side of the anti-capitalist coin. It is an uprising against development. It is a street

A glance at the Taksim protesters in Istanbul
Anchorage Daily News
In this Tuesday, June 4, 2013 photo Burak Sofuoglu, a lawyer, 30, who has been living in the Gezi park of Taksim in Istanbul for a week, poses for the camera. He packed a few clothes and now lives in the park, and is determined to stay there until the

Istanbul protest is ? and is not ? about the trees
In a city of nightmare urbanization like Istanbul, determined attempts to replant the uprooted trees of Gezi Park constituted a stand, not just against the city’s 109th shopping mall, but against impunity and corruption and the privatization of public

 CNN US finally covers Istanbul, Turkey:

Atypical day of protest at Gezi Park with religious ceremony, Quran reading

As the 9th day of Gezi Park demonstrations coincided with the Lailat al?Mi?raj, protestors decided to mark this religious event through several activities.

Turkey?s Middle Class Strikes Back

Turkey?s government is a victim of its own success. The growing middle class it created is now demanding a voice.

Turkey defends democratic credentials as tear gas flies

Turkey’s embattled government insisted on Wednesday it was “not a second-class democracy” even as police tear-gassed protesters who massed in the streets calling for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to quit.

The Songs of Occupy Gezi: Top 10

I’ve been covering the largest political demonstrations and the most sensational social movement in Turkey’s history in the last eight days mainly through Twitter.


I have plans to write a long analysis with lots of field investigation, as I have great material at hand now.

The Art of Uprising

A protester checks her cell phone. (Photo from #occupygezi)


Fenerbahçe fans urge all sides come together in Super Cup

An online Fenerbahçe fan group has called on all football supporters to watch the Turkish…

Arts and culture scene gathers for Gezi Park

The ongoing clashes at Istanbul?s Gezi Park have affected the arts and culture scene in Turkey.

Government, demonstrations and the future of talks with the PKK

Demonstrations in Istanbul spread to other cities. They will probably continue for a while.

The voices from Taksim

Some of the most original graffiti – and there is much of it – plays with the teargas theme: ?Wipe away your tears: things will never be the same again!?

Erdoğan blames ?foreign powers?

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sees not only ?domestic extremists? but also ?foreign powers?..

Conflict management in democracies

Conflicts are a fact of life. They are inevitable between human beings, communities and states.

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