The ideology of Neo-liberalism takes another slap in the face and Istanbul is rockin with revolution! Welcome world to the new Turkey.

This morning at 1 pm college kids from Bogazici University (Turkey’s equivalent of Berkeley University in the USA) got angry. They learned that at least three peaceful protesters in Istanbul’s Gezi Park had been killed on May 31st by Turkish police. A spontaneous protest march began from Bogazici Campus. Within an hour a few hundred students had turned into over 5,000 residents from all walks of life in Turkey. The crowd’s goal was to march to heart of Istanbul, Taksim Square where protesters had lost their lives the day before.

But the police were waiting.



The result you see in the above video. A serious clash.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the rest of Erdogan’s AK Parti folk must be nervous. Today Erdogan and the AK Parti tried to spin to the world media that this morning’s protesters were just a bunch of drunk college kids looking to impress their boyfriends or girlfriends one late night during Finals time. Erdogan even boasted that if protestors could bring 100,000 people to Taksim Square he could bring 1,000,000.

But. That AK Parti media line is pure, well cooked, well baked, well sugar-ed bullshit.

Nothing like this has ever happened in Turkey since perhaps the 1970s.

Maybe not even then.

This morning’s crowd was massive and consisted of different political ideologies. It also happened suddenly. All at once. Young and old were arm and arm against the neo-liberal policies of Erdogan’s government.  While there were many young people involved in the fighting with the police, there were also a large number of middle aged and older Istanbulites in attendance. These kinds of protests are what make social transformation possible.

The fact that Turks are protesting ought to make government leaders such as Obama and Morsi shiver. The “Turkish model”, as it is euphemistically called in the Middle East, is supposed to be working. AK Parti appealed to the Turkish public through a combination of Islamism and privatizing capitalism. Capitalism loved Erdogan because he was giving the world a brand of “Protestant Ethic” Islamism; i.e. money making Muslims. Who could ask for anything more? And what’s the result?

Mass numbers of Turkish citizens on the streets fighting with the police.

Hyper-Capitalism might be here to stay. It might be. It might not be. But this is a break in the edifice.

This blog is officially dusted-off and up and running again!

Eyvallah dostlarım! Nicely done, my dear dear friends!

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