#OccupyGezi The Protesters Profile: Young, Libertarian and Furious at the Prime Minister

The Portrait of Protesters: Young, Libertarian and Furious at the Prime Minister

An online survey participated by 3000 protesters reveals that the actual motive behind protests is the Prime Minister’s authoritarian attitudes.

The online survey prepared by Esra Ercan Bilgiç and Zehra Kafkaslı, academicians at Istanbul Bilgi University, reveals the profile of protesters and their demands. According to the preliminary results of the survey answered by 3000 protesters in 20 hours, protesters are not members or supporters of any political party as it was claimed by the Prime Minister Mr. Erdoğan.

39.6% of the participants are aged between 19 and 25 and 24% of them are between 26 and 30. 75.8% of the participants were actively involved in the street protests. 53.7% of them said they had never attended any mass protests before. While 70% of the protesters do not sympathize with any political parties, only 15.3% of them sympathize with a political party.

The participants were also asked which motives were effective in their taking part in the protests. They were asked to choose among the options ‘I definitely agree’, ‘I agree’, ‘I am uncertain’ and ‘I do not agree’. The ones who definitely agree that the Prime Minister’s authoritarianism were effective were in the first place with 92.4%. 91.3% of them definitely agree that disproportionate force by the police was effective. 91.1% said that violation of democratic rights led them to participate in the protests. While the silence of the media affected 84.2%, the ones who said that the cutting down of trees motivated them were 56.2%.

The majority of participants described themselves as ‘libertarian’ and they were followed by the ones who called themselves as ‘secular’.

The survey also reveals the demands of the protesters. While the 96.1% of them want respect for freedom, only 37% of them want a new political party to be established.

According to the survey, a very low rate of the participants desire a military coup. 79.5% of the participants are against a military coup.




“Una persona con ubuntu está abierta y disponible para los otros, se afirma en los otros y no se siente amenazada por las capacidades ajenas porque tiene la seguridad de que el progreso ajeno es en beneficio de la totalidad, que se incrementa, y que se reduce cuando el otro es torturado u oprimido”
Desmond Tutu
“A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed”