What is Happenning in Istanbul?

Now, I’ve been keeping up with what is happening in Istanbul (and all over Turkey) and through what I have read, seen and what I’ve been told by my many Turkish friends, I have realised that things are so unfair. “The West” seems to not care much about things, as long as they don’t affect them. Instead of intervening and doing something, or at least having a say about the crisis (because yes, it is a crisis), they are doing nothing.

It is sad and my thoughts go to all Turkish people, especially my best friend.

İnsanlık Hali

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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