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The Standing Man of Turkey

The upsurge of protest in Turkey is not the result of any deeprooted conspiracy or a few miscreants letting loose their animal spirits, as the government would have it. Rather, it is a spontaneous outburst of anger from ordinary people who have borne the brunt of the Erdogan administration's neo-liberal growth model for the last decade.

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The upsurge of protest in Turkey is not the result of any deep-rooted conspiracy or a few miscreants letting loose their animal spirits, as the government would have it. Rather, it is a spontaneous outburst of anger from ordinary people who have borne the brunt of the Erdogan administration’s neo-liberal growth model for the last decade.

On 16 June 2013, after describing the brutal events that took place in Istanbul on the evening of 15 June, which were covered extensively by the international media, Taksim Solidarity, the umbrella group that initiated the Taksim Gezi Park protest on 27 May said on its website, “The government has committed a crime against humanity.”1

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