What. The. Hell:

Guardian – The view from Taksim Square: why is Turkey now in turmoil? By Elif Shafak

It all started as a peaceful sit-in to save one of the last remaining public parks in a city of almost 14 million people.

I mean, really?

The government has been adamant about razing the park to rebuild the old Ottoman military barracks that once stood there and to then turn it into a museum or a mall.


It was a decision that was made too fast and without proper public and media debate.

14 million people!

Many people, who would opt for a public garden over a shopping mall, felt their voices were not heard by the politicians.

God, people’s voices being disregarded when there’s a mall involved. What a shocka.