The Free Republic of Taksim


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Istanbul, June 9. 0707 hrs.

Dear people,

All night we strolled along the streets of Gezi, and never for a moment did my amazement subside. I am so happy to be here. This thing is much bigger than I imagined. It’s pure love.

Here you have gays and lesbians next to anticapitalist muslems. You have trotzkyists and kemalists and anarchists all eating at the same table. You have nationalists, ecologists, students, workers, feminists, etc. They dance together in circles, having the time of their lives. And of course you have the football supporters, let’s not forget them. The three big teams from Istanbul are all here, Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce. They were sworn enemies not so long ago, and now they sing and chant as brothers, united against prime minister Erdogan and the police.

The Besiktas supporters in particular are an important part of the uprising’s muscle. During the clashes…

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8/6/2013 – Αθήνα, πλατεία Συντάγματος «Τουρκία, δεν είσαι μόνη» μηνυμα Αλληλεγγύης στον εξεγερμένο τουρκικό λαό στείλανε ενωμενοι οι διαδηλωτές από τρείς συγκέντρωσεις Solidarity Actions with #OccupyGezi, #AlterSummit, #Athens Pride




Η συγκέντρωση αλληλεγγύης προς το #OccupyGezi και την τουρκική εξέγερση (Athens twitter: #occupyfear), οι διαδηλωτές του  Alter Summit και το  Athens Pride   ενώθηκαν μπροστά στη Βουλή στέλνοντας μήνυμα συμπαράστασης στον εξεγερμένο τουρκικό λαό.

8 June Athens Syntagma Square “Turkey, you’re not alone” united protesters from 3 demos send message in solidarity with the rebellion in Turkey
Solidarity Actions with #OccupyGezi (#occupyfear) – #AlterSummit – #Athens Pride


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Syntagma 8 June 2013 – Occupy fear


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Saturday Night at Gezi Park


Istanbul, June 8

Dear people,

Picture this. It’s actually pretty cinematographic. A dungeon with screens. A table with a bottle of coke, a bag of crisps. And a drowsy editor, monitoring the situation. The editor is me. I see one of the screens lighten up. I look and I don’t believe it. I tap on the screen to see if it goes away. It doesn’t. I turn on the sound, and I say: “What the hell. It’s revolution.”

That was over ten days ago. Now picture the Global Revolution newsdesk a week later. Communications strategy reunion. We have streams coming in from Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. The squares are taken. “Right, we have the bird’s eye view of what’s happening. Now we need to send someone in.”

So here I am. Special reporter for Global Revolution in Istanbul. I got here an hour and a half ago, just after dark…

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