The occupants of Gezi Park do yoga almost every morning.
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The occupants of Gezi Park do yoga almost every morning.
Two cars with Turkish flags circuit the park, honking their horns while protesters cheer.
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Two cars with Turkish flags circuit the park, honking their horns while protesters cheer.
Ataturk Kultur Merkezi (The Ataturk Cultural Centre) covered with placards and posters such as “Do not yield”, and “Shut up Tayyip”.
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Ataturk Kultur Merkezi (The Ataturk Cultural Centre) covered with placards and posters such as “Do not yield”, and “Shut up Tayyip”.
People share whatever food they have with each other and anyone visiting during the day.
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People share whatever food they have with each other and anyone visiting during the day.
Gezi Park is filled with tents such as this one and almost all of them have slogans or posters on them.
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Gezi Park is filled with tents such as this one and almost all of them have slogans or posters on them.
Love during the time of resistance! The sign reads: “Would you like to have coffee with this drunken looter, Zeynep?” Drunks and Looters were two of the names the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had called the protesters.
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Love during the time of resistance! The sign reads: “Would you like to have coffee with this drunken looter, Zeynep?” Drunks and Looters were two of the names the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had called the protesters.
At the entrance, people write and hang their wishes, thoughts and demands.
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At the entrance, people write and hang their wishes, thoughts and demands.
Gezi Park occupied by tents. At the far right on the orange tent, in black paint it says: “Resist”.
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Gezi Park occupied by tents. At the far right on the orange tent, in black paint it says: “Resist”.
A sign on top of the shelves at the open-air library that says: “our cobb, our tear-gas are books.”
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A sign on top of the shelves at the open-air library that says: “our cobb, our tear-gas are books.”
The sign reads, “Everything is free inside the park.”
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The sign reads, “Everything is free inside the park.”
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Aslihan Agaoglu
Last updated: June 11, 2013

Instagramming the Gezi Diaries

Banner Icon Resistanbul The community spirit is all over as Gezi Park turns into a tightly-knit hub of shared books, ideas and love.

When the police do not intervene, it is hard to believe that the occupants of Gezi Park, Taksim, are there to protest. The park has turned into a small village with a library, infirmary, buffets filled with food people voluntarily cook and bring to the park, a children’s park and even an organic farm.

And inside the park, money is useless; all is free and shared with the others. They want their park back, they want their voices to be heard, they want police cruelty to come to an end. And from the looks of it, they are not going anywhere until things change for the better.

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Aslihan Agaoglu
Aslihan Agaoglu was born in İstanbul and worked as a lawyer before she moved to England, where she did her MA in creative writing at the University of Kent. She is currently completing her Ph.D. at the department of Middle Eastern studies, King's College London.
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