What is Happenning in Istanbul?

A view of the demonstrations in Turkey that most of us will never see from a clos up perspective such as this.

İnsanlık Hali

To my friends who live outside of Turkey:

I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.

Last week of May 2013 a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and yoga students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least…

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23 thoughts on “What is Happenning in Istanbul?

  1. I heard a report about this situation on NPR yesterday–very, very disturbing. Turkey has done an admirable job of walking the “secular line” for many years in a region that can be so volatile. I hope that things improve, and soon…. Thx for sharing this Mimi…

    • These increasing levels of unrest and dissatisfaction strike my core. The frustration so palpable and the lengths the government will go to mute their voices…

  2. This is tragic. Turkey, in particular Istanbul, has long been regarded as the beacon of hope in the Mideast. A place where people of many faiths not only lived together, but prospered. Very sad, indeed.

    • I found it very sad as well..It is interesting to speak with some of my friends from Turkey who live here now and have family there. They have been so proud of their country’s ability to sustain a cultural neutrality in spite of the extremism all around them.

  3. Tragic goings on in Turkey under a hubristic leader backed by a brutal police force. Another revolution in a turbulent region is about to begin.

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