The Free Republic of Taksim

Istanbul, June 9. 0707 hrs. Dear people, All night we strolled along the streets of Gezi, and never for a moment did my amazement subside. I am so happy to be here. This thing is much bigger than I imagined. It’s pure love. Here you have gays and lesbians next to anticapitalist muslems. You have […] Continue reading

Saturday Night at Gezi Park

Istanbul, June 8 Dear people, Picture this. It’s actually pretty cinematographic. A dungeon with screens. A table with a bottle of coke, a bag of crisps. And a drowsy editor, monitoring the situation. The editor is me. I see one of the screens lighten up. I look and I don’t believe it. I tap on […] Continue reading

These are our streets…

June 7 Dear people, This thing is far from over. The prime minister took up the challenge. He is ready to call out the protesters for a duel, one on one, at Gezi Park, high noon. He owes it to his image as a strong leader to take an uncompromising stance. Upon return in Turkey […] Continue reading

The Next Stage

June 6, Dear people, As the dust settles over the battlefield, the people are left standing. Police were forced to retreat. Yesterday some rear guard skirmishes were still going on in Ankara, in various districts of Istanbul, and elsewhere. All evening, Gezi Park was in ecstacy. Everyone was there in solidarity, with and without banners. […] Continue reading

A Matter of Principle

June 5, Dear people, Stay tuned for continuous coverage. In the meantime, we have to bear in mind one thing. The Turkish protest is not the result of an economic crisis, or of austerity measures imposed. It’s much more than that. It’s about principles. To illustrate this, allow me to reflect on the issue of […] Continue reading

Turkish Nights

June 4, 2307 hrs CET Dear people, It has been a day of grief and rage and celebration. And once again it has been an evening of heavy clashes. In Dersim, Antakya, Adana, and around Istanbul as we speak. In Ankara masses of people have taken the Tuzlucayir square, where thousands remain on guard around […] Continue reading

Gezi Resists

June 4, 0314 hrs CET Dear people, Throughout the afternoon barricades were reinforced in Besiktas district, not only with stones, but also with lances, Braveheart style. In Izmir massive crowds took the streets while police randomly harassed people along the seaside. On the social media CNN was ridiculed. While the international edition was broadcasting yesterday’s […] Continue reading

Turkey Cries Freedom

June 3, 1343 hrs CET Dear people, The dictator has fled the country. He left for a state visit to Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. On top of the violence which he ordered against his people, it is an insult to all Turks, opponents and supporters alike, that the head of government leaves the country at […] Continue reading

Crackdown

June 3, 0138 hrs CET Dear people, The events are unfolding fast. Right now, there is a major crackdown going on in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya and god knows where else. It’s so bad that even the Syrian government is warning its own citizens that it’s unsafe to travel to Turkey. The Turkish media […] Continue reading

Chemical Warfare

June 2 Dear people, A lot of things were going on yesterday. In Frankfurt, Blockupiers were coralled all day by a ridiculous amount of police without food and water, then charged for protesting. In London, thousands showed up for an antifascist demonstration. In 200+ cities in Spain and abroad people participated in the same old […] Continue reading