ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
The anti-government protests that were kicked off by severe police intervention against a small, peaceful group protesting mall plans in place of Taksim’s Gezi Park. DHA photo
The “Man Made of Tear Gas” Festival is set to take place on July 7 at Istanbul’s Kadıköy, bringing together the “rebellious” crowds and a set of artists scheduled to perform at the event.
The festival flyer states that the form of protesting has changed over time, and a new form of demonstration “for an independent and democratic Turkey” has turned all parks and streets into festivals “with the demand of freedom.”
The festival is set to host a series of artists, including Bulutsuzluk Özlemi, Kurtalan Ekspres, Cem Adrian and the Boğaziçi University’s Jazz Choir. A fashion show will also be among the festivities of the event.
The anti-government protests that were kicked off by severe police intervention against a small, peaceful group protesting mall plans in place of Taksim’s Gezi Park, received a severe blow when police forces cleared out the park after a days-long occupation by protesters.
Despite this, the movement refused the die down and instead spread to parks nationwide and individual forms of protest erupted around the country.
Security officials are continuing to launch raids in various cities, detaining people over alleged vandalism during the protests.