Der türkische Aktivist Bengi Akbulut klärt in einem Interview mit Robert S. Eshelman über die Hintergründe der Revolte vom Taksimplatz auf. Das Interview ist zu lesen in THE BROOKLYN RAIL.
„In late May thousands of activists occupied Istanbul’s Taksim Square protesting plans to convert a nearby park into a shopping mall. The protest quickly spread to other cities across the country, galvanizing a previously disparate opposition to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP). Since then, three protesters have been killed and thousands of others have been injured during pitched street battles with police. In mid-June, Bengi Akbulut, an Istanbul-based activist, spoke with Brooklyn Rail contributing writer Robert S. Eshelman about what caused the uprising, the dynamics of the protest movement, and what impact it might have on broader Turkish politics.“