City Park Movement

City Park Movement

Call For Civic Participation Rights. The removal of the park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square which is filled with sycamore trees and which is the last significant green space in the center of Istanbul, set off enormous protests. The gatherings have broadened into a wider expression of anger against the urban development plans of the government and its leader.

Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas during a protest in central Istanbul

Police officers attacked a group of peaceful demonstrators with water cannons and tear gas, sending scores of people, protesters and tourists alike, scurrying into shops and luxury hotels and turning the center of this city into a battle zone at the height of tourist season. The police action was a violent crackdown by the government against a growing protest movement challenging plans to replace a park in Taksim Square, Istanbul’s equivalent of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, with a replica Ottoman-era army barracks that would house a SHOPPING MALL.

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