Gezi Park Protests

Gezi Park Protests



During the summer of 2013 Turkey has seen the widest protest movement in 40 years. All-over the country millions of citizens took to the streets protesting against the government and to show solidarity with the activists evicted by police while trying to stop the demolition of Gezi Park in Istanbul. Alberto Tetta described those weeks with live coverage, features and analysis for some of the most important Italian medias.

For weeks in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and most of Turkey's cities, hundred thousand citizens showed their indignation for the eviction of Gezi Park in the centre of the Metropolis on the Bosporus. These protests quicly became a widespread and heterogeneous movement against the government. Since the first day of demonstration I narrated the unprecedented explosion of the society's rage which came after a ten year long undisputed leadership and growing prestige of Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


I outlined on a daily basis what was happening in written news for newspapers and agencies, live broadcast for radio and televisions and a hour-by-hour report on Twitter.


A narration beyond the news. Through features and in depth stories I set out to give voice and explore the demands of protesters and those who have lived for over two weeks in the occupied Gezi Park, but also taking into account the views of citizens still supporting premier Erdogan in Istanbul's conservative neighborhoods.


The Pro-Gezi Park movement has been studied by reporters, researchers and analysts to understand issues like environmental impact of real estate speculation, citizen's rights to the city and the relationship between neoliberalism and social inequality. Since summer 2013 I have been invited to give lessons and conferences in Italy about Turkey in different occasions like Festival Oriente Occidente in Rovereto or Master in Mediazione InterMeditteranea of Venice “Ca Foscari” University.

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