Behind Occupy Taksim Square

Capital and conflict in Turkey

Print edition : June 28, 2013

Nazim Hikmet.

Taksim Square, Istanbul, June 2: A mass protest against the government's plan to hand over a park for the construction of a shopping mall. Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP

The Taksim Square occupation movement in Turkey makes explicit the structural contradiction between the ruling elites with their neoliberal leanings and the aspirations of the common people. This was foreseen in the 1950s and the 1960s by Nazim Hikmet, arguably Turkey's greatest modern poet.
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