In my first 48 hours in Istanbul, I saw 3 protests.
This is Saturday morning.
The sign reads “Millions of Eyes are searching for the murderer of Berkin”.
It refers to a 2013 incidence in which a 13 year old boy died while going to get bread in his neighborhood.
A police bomb canister hit him and eventually killed him during a demonstration in Task Gezi Park.
No policeman was ever held accountable or charged for this boy’s death.
Task Gezi Park is an urban park next to Taksim Square, in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district
and it is one of the last green spaces in Beyoğlu and one of the smallest parks of Istanbul.
In May 2013, plans to replace the park with a reconstruction of the former Taksim Military Barracks (demolished in 1940) intended to house a shopping mall,
sparked the nationwide 2013 protests in Turkey. Today, plans are on hold for the proposed development but have not been dropped.