London Gezi supporters mark one year since rising against neoliberalism in Turkey

London Gezi supporters (picture by Nathan Bolton)

Nathan Bolton reports:

I was on the way for a pint on Saturday when I stumbled across a protest at Finsbury Park, north London, organised by a group called London Gezi.

They are supporters of the social movement in Turkey, and the gathering marked one year to the day since the occupation of Istanbul’s Gezi Park.

There were speeches and spoken word performances discussing the movement and its place in a context of global revolts: Occupy Wall Street, the Spanish indignados movement and the Maidan protesters in Ukraine were mentioned.

A silence was held for victims of the Soma mine disaster. Banners made it clear that protesters held Turkish prime minister Erdogan and his government responsible for the deaths.

One placard caught my eye: “Resistance is in the streets, not in your cultural centre”.

[see Nathan’s blog Que Faire Maintenant for more]

 

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