Killing the Lernaean Hydra: the core, crust and promise of Occupy Gezi

Ahmet Özcan, ‘Killing the Lernaean Hydra: the core, crust and promise of Occupy Gezi’, Turkish Review, Vol. 3, Issue 4, July-August 2013, pp. 396-400.


Ahmet Özcan writes that the Gezi uprising is “more than an explosion of accumulated resentment against the present semi-democracy of Turkey” and adds that “it is a new collective and spontaneous act that attempts to re-conceptualize politics and power by performing freedom in public spaces.”

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The eruption of the Gezi events was unexpected and shocking for all Turkey’s political actors. The AK Party government’s self-confidence has been at a peak after more than a decade’s unprecedented political power, and local resistance to its policy of neo-liberal urban transformation had remained near-invisible in the mainstream media. Nonetheless, it was this resistance that constituted the core of Occupy Gezi, triggering a chain of countrywide protests against the government.

Gustave Moreau - Beast of Revelation
Gustave Moreau, Beast of Revelation


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