I’ve provided background information on the protests and their repression, and on the protesters and their politics. Here, I begin to summarise the archaeological background of Gezi Park, which I continue through an examination of the destruction of Surp Hagop cemetery and a consideration of the challenges that confront those who wish to speak honestly.
Archive for June, 2013
Tags: Gezi Park, Occupy Gezi, revolution, Turkey
This is my second background piece on Occupy Gezi. In the first, I reviewed the protests and the repression; here, I explore the protesters and their politics; in the third, I summarise the archaeology of Gezi Park. In the “proper” posts that follow, I examine the economics and politics of archaeology in Turkey; I look at the roles of both archaeology and archaeologists in the Turkish revolution.
Tags: Environmental Impact Assessment, Gezi Park, Gola Çetu, hydroelectric dams, Occupy Gezi, Pembelik, Turkey
Occupy Gezi (and elsewhere) is a spontaneous local action, which is consciously and demonstrably part of an international movement; yet it’s also part of a national history of resistance to ‘urban renewal’ that dates back to 1912 and a national history of environmental activism that dates back to 1977.
Here, I try to trace that genealogy of resistance, using a case that has made common cause with Occupy Gezi: the hydroelectric dam projects in Dersim/Tünceli, which were made possible through archaeologists’ illegal unemployment (and a host of other such practices).