Occupy Gezi Park

PhotographerİLKER GÖKŞEN
Entry Description

Turkey is witnessing the biggest anti-government protests in years. What started as a small sit-in to protect some trees in the last green space, known as Gezi Park, in central İstanbul from being bulldozed to make way for a shopping mall and Ottoman style military barracks has turned into a movement where tens of thousands of people are protesting Turkey’s authoritarian government and its imposition of conservative Islamic values on an officially secular country. People believe that these values and laws are intended to infringe on their civil liberties and personal freedoms and to suppress their freedom of speech. Therefore, thousands of people have been protesting in the streets to make their voices heard.