Tuesday, June 11, 2013

peaceful protest

Before I went to Lebanon for the weekend, Gezi Parkı felt like a festival. There were morning yoga classes, dance performances and live music, art workshops, food vendors, improvised libraries, and people camped out of any patch of green. I fear that this atmosphere of peace and cooperation will come to an end soon— I just really hope that it won't be violent. Please know that the protesters (with the exception of a very, very few young hooligans) are everyday citizens who are reading books, banging pots and pans, and cleaning up the mess left behind. They are merely voicing their opposition to the government, and standing up for what they believe in. They are from all walks of life, ethnic backgrounds, young and old.

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