Scenes from Turkey and Brazil

(A protester in Sao Paulo kisses a Turkish flag. Brazilians say they were, to a large extent, influenced by #occupygezi)

Yup, they're still in the streets in Turkey. And Brazil. And it's not just because Turkish cops buy their tear-gas from Brazil. Yesterday's Brazilian protests widened the causes under discussion, expanding to cover new laws that will make it harder to punish corrupt public officials. Photos from the excellent OccupyGeziPics Tumblr.

(A riot police looks the other way while being offered a carnation by a protester.)

(A child protester in Dikmen, Ankara (6/22/2013))

(An expired, made in Brazil tear gas canister used in Bestekar St, Ankara tonight (6/23/2013))

(Protesters join hands in an effort to stop police vehicles from charging on people in Taksim Square (6/22/2013))

(A riot police fires tear gas while others stay behind shields in Taksim (6/22/2013))



  1. Turkey and Brazil are the beginning of a second wave of global protest against inequality – economic, political, social, cultural.  The first wave started with the Arab Spring and the Indignados and ended with Occupy Wall Street.  The second wave will rise and crest within a year and will, of necessity, be different in each country.  I suspect that the recent surveillance state revelations in the US and around the world will figure strongly in this second wave movement.

    One gaping hole I see is that people are not using the same organizing techniques that fill the streets to construct an alternative, and better, economy.  Make the politicians and the 1% irrelevant.  It may sound impossible but, as the situationists wrote, “Be realistic, demand the impossible.”

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