An administrative court in Turkey has unanimously overturned a lower court’s stay of order ruling on planned construction on Istanbul’s Gezi Park, allowing the demolition of the green space to resume ahead of the subsequent mall construction.
The park had been at the center of weeks of protests. They braved the government’s hostile reaction, including mass arrests of protesters and crackdowns on social media. It gave rise to a larger anti-government movement against what many have described as the authoritarian policies of Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
Protesters have continued to turn out every weekend since the demonstrations began in May.
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The new development includes the rebuilding of the Ottoman artillery barracks, which will have a shopping mall inside one of the buildings. The protests against the construction spread nationally since late May, growing into a larger opposition by those unhappy with Erdogan’s “authoritarian style of rule.”
The court’s decision to give a green light to the demolition tantamount to the establishment laughing in the face of the millions who stepped out to protest against it, braved violence and faced injuries and even death!
Their action seems to be showing the masses who is the boss. It’s like saying do what you want, all your might means nothing in front of us!
It nulls all the efforts and one is left wondering if this new development will bring people back on the streets or will they take it as a sign that may be all their might put together is not enough and means even less.
Erdo?an did say the government would be willing to go to the ballots over the future of the park when the protests peaked in mid-June, even if the court approved the plan.
However, whether he follows through or not, is entirely another matter!