Protests have changed Turkey, says Stanford expert

Interview with Ayça Alemdaroglu, a lecturer at Stanford, on events in Turkey!

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Protesters gather at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, in June 2013.

Protesters gather at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, in June 2013.

“The Gezi Movement’s main difference, at least when it began, was that it was very much “a right to the city” type of a movement. Protesters are concerned for trees, parks and public spaces and have reacted to the profit motive and neoliberal policies that inform the ruling party’s urban planning and reconstruction. They want their right to participate in the planning of their city.”