The Longest Day

Istanbul, June 12, 1057 hrs. Dear people, On the eve of the attack I was sitting in the International Corner, talking to Turkish comrades about the next phase of democratic escalation. At nine in the morning, every neighbourhood of Gezi Park would have organized an assembly. Until now the protest has been coordinated by the […] Continue reading

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

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

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

Turkish Spring

June 1, 1000 hrs CET Dear people, Tonight, Turkey didn’t sleep. Turkey made revolution. This is how it started. A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens camped out in the last green space of the city centre to save it from being sold out. Two nights in a row, authorities sent in the police to […] Continue reading

Summer Picknick

The Monsanto March added a touch of global that had been missing in this #GlobalMay. On Facebook, an appointment was already launched for 2014, but for many people it wasn’t soon enough. A new march has now been planned for as early as October. In Istanbul protesters gathered near Taksim Square yesterday to demonstrate against […] Continue reading