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. Even the Kurds showed up to join the celebration and to sing.
During the day, representatives of the citizens who started the protest met with deputy prime minister Bülent Arınç and issued a list of demands.
Saving Gezi Park as it is, is only the first. The second is the resignation of all people who ordered or executed police repression. Third is a legal ban on gas bombs and similar materials. Fourth is the immediate release of all detainees. Fifth is an end to demonstrations ban in all public areas. (AP)
The deputy pm, spoke conciliatory language. He admitted that police had reacted too violently to the protest and offered his apologies. This way, Tayyip himself wouldn’t have to do it.
Today, in a press conference from Tunis, prime minister Erdogan, vowed to continue the redevelopment of the Taksim Square area. He didn’t speak about shopping malls for the time being, but about theatres, and that lots of trees will be planted to appease the environmentalists’ legitimate concerns. He also insinuated that terrorist groups were among the organizers of the protest. They were supposedly caught on the square, and on the social networks.
The breaking news was the arrest of up to 34 people in Izmir who were accused of inciting revolt through Twitter. All but four of them are have been released. A Spanish Erasmus student sent a chilling message to the homefront. Police had entered the homes of foreign exchange students, warning them to be careful with the information they spread.
Reportedly, eleven foreigners are still in police custody. The total amount of arrests is said to be 3300. Around 4000 were wounded, and four fatalities were confirmed. Three protesters, and one police officer who fell from a bridge.
Yesterday evening, the Ankara occupation founded its own library. In Eskehir, Izmir and others places, people are camping.