Today there was no sign of police. Taksim and Gezi Park were places of jubilation, chanting, singing, and picnicking. People had set up improvised snack shops, distributing water, crackers and other treats for free. Barricades were still up, the burnt carcasses of police vehicles and buses blocked roads, and protesters and their children patrolled the area with trash bags, cleaning up their city. Street vendors took the opportunity to sell everything from barbecued corn, to pilaf, to köfte sandwiches and beer. Later this evening, two large bonfires were built on the site of the new tunnel construction, where people tossed in the wooden walls that were used to block people from entering the area. It has been an exhausting three days, and I am relieved things have calmed down in Taksim, but I wonder what lies ahead. Will anything change? I hope.
I still have hundreds of photos on my camera to share, but they will have to wait until tomorrow and the days that follow— I really need a good night's rest. Stay tuned!