The protests in Turkey from May 2013 began in opposition to development plans for Istanbul's Taksim Square-Gezi Park . Massive sit-ins, protests, strikes developed and spread across Turkey soon encompassed questions of freedom of speech, social inequalities, women's rights, issues of secularism, and others. Gezi Park became another moment of the "movements of the squares" that have formed around Europe and the Mediterranean in political opposition to neoliberalism and authoritarian governments. Again, innovative political tactics of camps, street humour, graffiti and many others symbolized the new protests. So, too, did the political repression and police violence which followed. A forum of activists, commentators, and social theorists allowing for wide-ranging discussion of insights, lessons and strategizing in terms of both the Turkish and International left.
* Anna Agathangelou, Political Science, York University
* Sedef Arat-Koç, Ryerson University
* Pelin Asci, Geography, York University
* Ezgi Dogru, Political Science, York University
* Yasin Kaya, Political Science, York University
* Murat Ucoglu, Environmental Studies, York University
Sponsored by: Free Transit Committee, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly; Centre for Social Justice; Socialist Project.
Need to know:
- Doors open at 6:50
- Free admission (donations welcome)
- Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
- Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities
Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za'atar dipping.
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