In Turkey, Taksim Movement Declares its Breadth
Today I discovered Taksim Solidarity, a website at which the movement against authoritarianism in Turkish government shares its messages with the world in German, Turkish and English. The word “solidarity” seems apt, as a major theme of today’s communication has to do with the authorities’ attempts to split the movement along traditional lines of distinction. This Taksim protest group refuses to jettison its members based on their gender, their sexuality or their secularism:
They hope that dividing the park-savers and the marginal groups among those, who stand shoulder to shoulder for any kind of solidarity in Gezi Park, would help. Nobody should think that such a division among people who protect their park and living space would be helpful. We are going to stay together, and build our legitimate and righteous demands with solidarity. AKP government tries to create a polarization among public by holding alternative meetings, threatens its own citizens and rejects the demands of hundreds of thousands of people who in 77 cities of the country, primarily in Kizilay (Ankara), cries out their wishes in the streets, people who dance, sing and read poems to express their demands in Gezi Park and in squares; people among whom are women, children, LGBT’s, workers, religious people and non-believers.
That’s a movement worth watching.