Gezi 2.0Posted: June 20, 2013
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Istanbul, June 20. 1657 hrs.
Kadıköy district of Istanbul is like a big city in itself. It has over half a million inhabitants. The whole of Istanbul, spread out over Europe and Asia, is made up of dozens of districts like these. For a total of around 15 million inhabitants. The size of the Netherlands, more or less. One of the biggest agglomerations of the old world, and the new.
Yesterday there were 35 confirmed assemblies all over Istanbul. More than one in some of the districts. At Kadıköy it was even bigger than the day before. Three thousand people or more came together in Yoğurtçu Parkı. It was a big improvement compared to the day before. The assembly lost some of its spontaneous beauty, but it gained a lot of organization. A stage and amplification. Lights and cameras.
All the people and the buzz of collective emotion throughout the park made it feel like the greatest assemblies we ever held in Puerta del Sol. Citizens united who descended into their public places to feel the wind of change and the sense of history.
As for the topics, it´s all very general. Politically, there is a spirit of direct democracy. Economically, many people propose to boycott banks, multinationals and shopping malls. Socially, we acknowledge the importance of inclusivity, respect for women, for religious and ethnic minorities, for gays and lesbians.
We are all one.
But as far as Erdogan is concerned, we are all terrorists, looters, foreign agents, alcoholics and marginals. He even says we don´t take our shoes off when we go to mosque.
These lies go around on most televisions, day after day. On the Internet it´s even worse. They say the government accused us of building a nuclear bomb in Gezi Park. Supposedly, forensics have uncovered an underground laboratory, complete with a gas centrifuge for the enrichment of uranium.
Maybe this is also the reason why police evicted the encampment in Izmir this morning. You don´t want hippies building A-Bombs on your doorstep. Indeed, after the invasion, the tv mentioned that certain incendiary devices and other weapons had been uncovered between the rests of the camp.
They arrived at six in the morning in overwhelming force, backed up by a water cannon. The camp was surrounded. Police ordered people to leave. They refused. So the authorities closed the circle and crushed the camp. Over a hundred people were arrested.
At the moment, we wait for the sun to go down and for people to gather in their parks, here and elsewhere in the country. We found refuge in an anarchist cafe on the European side. In the absence of a permanent occupation there´s no better place to plot revolution…