Turkey sails further into dangerous waters Last month, an Istanbul court issued an initial injunction against the plan to cut down trees in the park to make way for a shopping centre and replica 18th-Century military barracks. The government has appealed against the ruling. During the rally, Mr Erdogan also repeated a pledge to hold a referendum in Istanbul on the issue. It is not an area to be occupied by illegal organisations," he said.
Under its rule the economy of Turkey recovered from the financial crisis and recession, driven in particular by a construction boom. At the same time, particularly sinceit has been accused of driving forward an Islamist agenda,  having undermined the secularist influence of the Turkish Army.
During the same period it also increased a range of restrictions on human rights, most notably freedom of speech and freedom of the pressdespite improvements resulting from the accession process to the European Union. Those who resist do so at their own risk.
Police enter Istanbul's Gezi Park, firing tear gas, after Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan issues a new warning to protesters to evacuate the area. Europe Remembering the Gezi Park protests and the dream of a different Turkey. In , hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Turkey to protest Erdogan’s authoritarian policies. To conclude, the large proportion of Gezi park tweets that include images tells us this is an important part of protest communication also beyond the protest location itself.
For example, major construction projects in Istanbul have been "opposed by widespread coalitions of diverse interests. Economic growth slowed considerably in from 8. To submit such proposals to a referendum needs out of votes in the Grand National Assembly and to approve without referendum by parliament requires out of votes a two-thirds majority - The AKP currently holds only seats.
Furthermore, many members of parliament in the governing AKP have internally also objected by arguing that the current presidential system suffices. The constitutional proposals have mostly so far been delayed in deliberations or lacked any broad agreement for reforms. Events leading up to the protests[ edit ] 29 October The governor of Ankara bans a planned Republic Day march organised by secularist opposition groups.
Riot police forces attack the protesters with tear gas and watercannon, despite the fact that there were many children and elderly people in the crowd. The government attempts to make abortion virtually unobtainable.
A large bank in Turkey, Ziraat Bankchanges its name from "T. The Turkish Ministry of Health also stops using T.
In protest, thousands of people start using TC in front of their names on Facebook and Twitter as a silent protest. Some people believe that the AKP is trying to change the name or the regime of the country while others believe that this omission of the letters TC is a sign of privatization of the Ziraat bank and hospitals.
The Turkish flag is formally removed from the logo of the Grand National Assembly. Many view this as a denigration of parliamentary process and the republic. Opposition members of parliament protest by bringing personal flags into the chamber whilst seated.
Excavation for construction begins for the hugely controversial giant Camlica Mosque in Istanbul. Residents of Istanbul have long complained that the project is unnecessary and would disfigure the skyline and environment by the logging involved.The protests began as a local protest against a plan to redevelop Gezi Park, but snowballed into nationwide anti-government protests after the perceived high-handed response of the authorities.
Police enter Istanbul's Gezi Park, firing tear gas, after Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan issues a new warning to protesters to evacuate the area. Jun 11, · On Friday, May 31, Turkish riot police fired tear gas and pepper spray into a peaceful protest held to save Gezi Park, one of the last green areas in central Istanbul.
A Turkish court has acquitted all 26 defendants on trial for their involvement in the Gezi protests in the summer of Most of the defendants are members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform, an.
Protesters at Istanbul's Gezi Park in June last year, at the height of the unrest. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images As the former head gardener of Gezi Park for 20 years, Cemal Özay, Protesters at Istanbul's Gezi Park in June last year, at the height of the unrest.
Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images As the former head gardener of Gezi Park for 20 years, Cemal Özay,