What’s left to say?
This humble and personal description of what is currently happening in Istanbul is deeply moving. And leaves one at unease as it gets to the very heart of a sustainable question we mostly fear to ask – are we actually living in the democratic systems we are told to live in? Are our personal rights, our freedom of self-expression and the choice to live a life according to personal believes and values really secured? Seeing what is happening in a state that we somehow see closer to ourselves than other countries struggling with governmental repressions, corporate interests and a vaguaely blind media landscape, as we call it part of Europe, shows the importance of staying awake and even if it is not comfortable questioning over and over again the alleged freedom we are offered to be kept quite with. Istanbul is not that far away.
To my friends who live outside of Turkey:
I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.
Last week of May 2013 a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and yoga students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least…
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