The Eminent Turkish Actor Buğra Gülsoy Proves Himself in Literature

The First Apocalypse-Where The Sun Goes Down. (Image Credit-7:24 Kültür Sanat)

The successful Turkish actor Buğra Gülsoy takes his chance in literature. The actor had published his first book in October 2019. Unexpectedly, the successful Turkish actor gained great success and collected a great deal of acclamation from some of the master novelists in Turkey. So, in the following months, we will be welcoming his second … Read more

Turkey Converts Famous Hagia Sophia Museum into a Mosque

Islam believers wait to worship again in Hagia Sophia after 86 years. (Image Credit-TRT World)

The 10th Chamber of the Council of State has announced that it has annulled the Council of Ministers Decree which was dated November 24, 1934. And they turned Hagia Sophia from a mosque into a museum. Shortly after the committee announced this verdict, the Presidential Decree handing Hagia Sophia over to the Presidency of Religious … Read more

England’s Travel Quarantine: The List of Safe Destinations

England's travel quarantine excludes Turkey. (Image Credit: Al-Monitor)

The British government on July 3 unveiled a list of safe destinations. According to the list, travelers from those countries will not need to self-isolate for 14 days when they enter England. The list covers 59 countries, including Turkey and the measure will take effect from July 10. So, which means that Turkey exempt from England’s … Read more

Turkey’s Young Actresses Receives Their Golden Butterfly Awards

Pantene Turkey's Shinning Stars.

46th ​​Pantene Golden Butterfly Awards awarded Turkey’s young actresses and actors. Turkey’s shining stars category became a stage, which hosted and awarded Turkey’s Young Actresses. This time Alina Boz, Ebru Şahin, and İlayda Alişan became shinning starts in the Pantene Star Shining category. The world-famous Turkish actress Demet Özdemir announced the three ambassadors of the Pantene brand … Read more

Istanbul to Rejoin to the Magnificent Galata Tower on September as Museum

Galata Tower is going to serve as a museum as of September 15. (Image Credit-Daily Sabah)

People who live in Istanbul and tourists from all around the world are finally going to come together with the magical Galata Tower after months-long restoration works. The works for restoration have started in Istanbul’s iconic monument Galata Tower months ago. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality handed over the restoration works to the General Directorate of Foundations. Istanbul … Read more

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to Purchase The Portrait of Mehmed II

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality bought the portrait on June 25 at a London auction. (Image Credit-Hürriyet Daily News)

The Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Ekrem İmamoğlu on June 25 announced that the municipality purchased a portrait of Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II at a London auction. According to the London-based world-famous Christie’s auction house, the municipality’s winning bid amounted to £770,000 ($955,000) for the oil painting. So, according to the specialists, the painting is … Read more

Is It Safe to Visit Turkey after Easing Coronavirus Lockdowns?

Turkey carries high hopes for tourism incomes for the season. (Image Credit-Al-Monitor)

Visiting Turkey in the post-coronavirus period is one of the most anticipated questions lately. Following the normalization processes in the world’s countries, governments started open borders and both internal and external flights. Daily life also began to normalize. Most-affected countries such as the UK, France, Italy, Spain, even the US have already decided bars, cafes, … Read more

Opinion: Advices to American Protesters and Anti-Trumpers

A picture from Black Lives Matter protests in the US. (Image Credit-Financial Times)

Giving advices to American protesters and Anti-Trumpers is not an easy task when especially while sitting on your chair. The best thing to do is to support and share your solidarity with people. People who are acting and taking to the streets bravely against police brutality and their obvious violence. Yet, no matter how hard … Read more

9 Similarities between “Black Lives Matter” and Turkey’s “Gezi Protests”

Black Lives Matter protests have spread over the world since May, 25th. (Image Credit-The Times)

Black Lives Matter protests have been shaking the US for almost two weeks. Protests began after a white police officer pressed his knee to George Floyd’s neck. After the video of the 46-year-old black citizen, George Floyd’s death became viral, tens of millions of people began screaming out three words: “I can’t breathe!” Those were the last words of the victim, which shook the world. Though it wasn’t the first crime committed by the US National Security forces, this last one changed the world’s agenda inevitably.

People keep gathering for Black Lives Matter protests in the US. (Image Credit-Times Magazine)
People keep gathering for Black Lives Matter protests in the US. (Image Credit-Times Magazine)

American police officers’ violence over black citizens in the country is almost an official state policy. Some also argue that following the election of Donald Trump as the president of the US, those incidents have risen. One way or another, the last crime took millions of people down the streets of the US. Protests began on May 25 and increasingly continuing. Having killed an unarmed black man by a white American police officer ignited the wick of a new riot wave.

“Black Lives Matter” and Turkey’s “Gezi Park Protests”

Turkey had experienced one of the biggest political unrest in its history in 2013. The protests had begun on May 31, —almost the same date with George Floyd protests. It was an unforgettable solidarity example in Turkey’s near term political history. Millions of people from 81 provinces of Turkey occupied streets in search of justice and democracy.

Duran Adam (Standing Man) was one of the most popular figures of Gezi Park Protests. (Image Credit-Milliyet))
Duran Adam (Standing Man) was one of the most popular figures of Gezi Park Protests. (Image Credit-Milliyet))

In fact, it all started to prevent the ruling party (Erdoğan’s AKP) to build a mall to the heart of Istanbul. Because the government in that period was planning to destroy the only public area in Istanbul’s Taksim square. However, shortly after, protests turned into another shape and demanded more political freedom. Further, the more Turkish state and police forces became aggressive, the riots became bigger and stronger.

A picture from Black Lives Matter protests in the US. (Image Credit-Financial Times)
A picture from Black Lives Matter protests in the US. (Image Credit-Financial Times)

So, today in Turkey, many people from social media show their interest in the riots in the US. Moreover, they tend to offer their solidarity for the American protestors. For example, millions of social media users joined #BlackoutTuesday trend and turned their personal pages into black. But these acts also raise a question: where does this interest really come from? The answer is the 2013 Gezi Park Protests, which holds many similarities with its descendent. So, let’s see what are those and are there really some parallelism between them.

1- Naming Protestors

US police officers and the government are growing the tension. (Image Credit-Voice of America)
US police officers and the government are growing the tension. (Image Credit-Voice of America)

Both leaders, Erdoğan and Trump, have a similar and identical term to call and name protestors. Instead of democratically give an ear to them, they rather prefer to insult them by giving out-of-line defining. Trump has recently called protestors as “Thumb”, while Erdoğan had called protestors as “Çapulcular” (Looters). I assume that it is a common feature of all anti-democratic leaders and their powers.

2- Using Religion as a Toxic Tool

The President of the US Donald Trump poses a bible outside of a Church in Washington D.C, the capital city of the US. (Image Credit-The Print)
The President of the US Donald Trump poses a bible outside of a Church in Washington D.C, the capital city of the US. (Image Credit-The Print)

Religion has always been an important political instrument to use the ruling people. It “was” during the middle ages in the West, and still “is” assumably. So, last week Trump held a Bible outside a church in Washington D.C, the capital city of the US. While holding a bible, he was threatening protestors by using the military force to end protests. Former PM, and current President of Turkey, Erdoğan, on the other hand, had held a Kuran in a mosque in Turkey during Gezi Protests. What’s more, he depicted protestors as marginals, who bent on the destruction of property and religion.

3- Conspiracy Theories!

George Soros is an 89-year-old Hungarian-American billionaire investor and philanthropist. (Image Credit-Foreign Policy)
George Soros is an 89-year-old Hungarian-American billionaire investor and philanthropist. (Image Credit-Foreign Policy)

Here is an indispensable instrument that has been in use over the centuries. According to both leaders, there are some secret international powers, who are aiming to destroy political and economical stability inside the country. “Traps of the outsiders” are focusing on tearing the country apart. What’s more, even those secret power resemble both in Turkey and the US: George Saros! Trump claims that George Soros and his Open Society Foundations funds protestors, just like Erdoğan claimed that.

4- Black Lives Matter: Between Peace and Violent

Britain and Germany host the toughest riots in Europe. (Image Credit-Washington Times)
Britain and Germany host the toughest riots in Europe. (Image Credit-Washington Times)

The name of the protests in the US is quite meaningful: Black Lives Matter! It matters because of the roots of the protests based on more than two centuries of slavery tradition of black people in the US. So, George Floyd’s incident is not the first one, —hopefully, it will be the last! And same anger was exist in Turkey before Gezi Protests exploited. The search for a democratic country, ending all discrimination caused a month-long riot in Turkey. However, commonly, both unrest turned into violent acts from a peaceful one.

5- Military Force Card

Millions of people in Turkey had taken over Istanbul's street during a month-long Gezi Park Protests in Turkey for advanced democracy and justice. (Image Credit-Middle East Affairs)
Millions of people in Turkey had taken over Istanbul’s street during a month-long Gezi Park Protests in Turkey for advanced democracy and justice. (Image Credit-Middle East Affairs)

Due to the fact that the leaders do not step forward to take democratic precautions to meet protestors’ demands, the intensity of riots grows. So, it happened in Turkey, which happens in the US. At this point, similarly again, both leaders threatened their own citizens to use military forces against them in the country. So far so now, American Army refused to take over the streets and shot over the Americans. But no one is sure what is going to happen in the next rally…

6- Danger for “Counterrevolution”

It may be overestimating to name unrest in the USA as a revolution, so the term counterrevolution may be a misleading and assertive term to define the situation. However,   it is obvious that there is a powerful demand for change. And every revolution holds a demand for change in it. So, why not call the aggressive attitude of governments as counter-revolution?

7- Who is the “Silent Majority”?

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1267838101340196866

On June 2, Trump shared a tweet, which he uses quite often and actively, wrote down “Silent Majority” with capital letters. He was referring to his supporters and meant that he keeps them in control against civil war. But in the subtext, Trump is giving a message that nothing can stop him to use Hell’s Angels as a paramilitary army against ANTIFA and some other local leftist groups. As citizens of Turkey, we are quite familiar with this language of hatred. President Erdoğan had also used exactly the same term as silent majority to threaten peaceful protestors. This language of hatred and hostility, nevertheless, only grows the polarization of the country and the society itself.

8- The Orientation of Protests

Defiant DC mayor names plaza 'Black Lives Matter', who has been criticized by Trump for not doing his job right. (Image Credit-WION)
Defiant DC mayor names plaza ‘Black Lives Matter’, who has been criticized by Trump for not doing his job right. (Image Credit-WION)

Both “Black Lives Matter” and “Gezi Park Protests” broke out in one particular city, —Minneapolis and Istanbul, respectively. However, following the decisive manner of protestors and offensive and aggressive policies of the states, they spread over the country.

Coloring stairs in Turkey had become a trend symbolizing a multicolored democracy instead of the gray one of majority. (Image Credit-al arte magazine)
Coloring stairs in Turkey had become a trend symbolizing a multicolored democracy instead of the gray one of the majority. (Image Credit-al arte magazine)

9- “Black Lives Matter” Protests Own Language

Every riot, unrests, protests, upheaval create their own language and the way to gather support from common people. While some fight face to face on streets, others support from their home. Fear is always a real feeling that everyone has and must-have inside of their existence. Apart from fear, creativity, and imagination leaves its mark to protests. It occurred in Turkey, and now we witness the same way in the US.

Woman in Red is an iconic figure of Turkey's Gezi Park Protests in 2013. (Image Credit-CNN)
Woman in Red is an iconic figure of Turkey’s Gezi Park Protests in 2013. (Image Credit-CNN)

The way people showed their support in the two examples is quite similar. The banging of pots and pans to show support from home, battling with tear gas, commandeering of a small crone, “woman in red” standing up bravely to the police are, for instance, the way how people reacted against disproportional power of the states’ legal military forces.

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Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar Finally Reopens after the Longest Closure

Municipal workers are spraying the floor, columns, and walls ahead of the doors. (Image Credit-TRT World)

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is one of the most historic and famous tourist attractions of both Turkey and Istanbul. However, sadly an eerie silence has fallen over Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. As we pointed out, it is one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most visited markets. So there, you can encounter a raucous mixture of languages, cultures, … Read more