Interview with Turkish woman occupying Gezi Park

Rene from the German site Nerdcore sez, "A friend of mine who is staying in Istanbul right now contacted me this morning and I had the opportunity to interview a girl who is occupying Gezi Park in Turkey right now. The situation calmed down, but she told me that actually the whole city of Istanbul is up on their feet roaming the streets."

D: The protests started with only a bunch of people who sat on at Gezi Parc so they don’t turn the only green area at Taksim so it becomes a mall. I must say they have reason. I never go to that parc unless i have to walk through but from Şişhane to where I live there are already 8 shopping malls! it’s crazy. The protestors are aware of that this is not against a shopping mall. It started like that but when the police attacked a bunch of people and continued the second day, the people rised against the brutality of the government. And now it is about the force that he uses against his people, the rules he makes because he wants to and that he bans all kind of freedom for the Turkish people.

NC: What’s the Military doing right now? Can they play a bigger role, although Erdogan pretty much deprived them of power?

D: Well, the military is silent. I don’t know wether they can play a role. If that happens it already sounds very scary. But as you said, Erdoğan did deprive them of power. I have heard that the military house in Harbiye took some people in to protect them but they don’t interfere.

Interview with an Occupy Gezi-Protester in Istanbul



  1. There is almost nothing more scary about this than that the question’s surfacing in public, as to whether the Turkish Army should or is going to act.

    Lack of faith in the checks and balances on power in the government proper is a serious matter.

    1. The Turkish Army has a historic Role in overthrowing Governments in Turkey when they try to throw out the Ataturk-Reforms. I know where you’re coming from, but in that Situation right now, they could play a vital role for the people – if Erdogan hadn’t deprived them off their power over the years.

      That’s what the Question was about. ;)

      [edit] You can compare that Role to the Arab Spring in Egypt, kinda.

      1. Agreed, while there is truth in what George Herbert said, it can be folly to impute the assumptions and biases gained by living in a country where even the religious reactionaries typically respect the republic form of government. It’s sort of amazing how well democracy has fared in Turkey given it’s turbulent history following the end of the Ottoman Empire.

  2. Anecdotal evidence is anectdotal, but:

    My friends who were tear gassed yesterday while sitting in Gezi Park singing and “doing other hippie shit” (quote) don’t want the military to intervene.
    AKP’s driving back of military influence was welcomed by them and part of the unspoken deal (economic and constitutional reforms in exchange for reducing the extremes of Turkish forced secularism).
    They want Turkey to move forward not backwards, and the most backwards thing that could happen would be to reinstate the military as a checks and balances institution.

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