Gezi Park, 2013
In May 2013, a small park gave the pretext for the social contrasts of Turkish society to unfold in a fierce way. Within the generalized doctrine of gentrification that has been applied in the city recently, the municipality of Istanbul decided to destroy Gezi park and replace green with concrete blocks; a big shopping mall has been designed in the place of the park. Although the government’ s reaction was extreme repression, the protesters proved to be strong and imaginative. Their self-organization was symbolically reflected in a camp set up in Gezi park, where people, as a safeguard group, slept there every other night.