LOCAL > Supporter groups of Istanbul’s three major teams join forces for Gezi Park


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Beşiktaş’s highly politicized Çarşı group were present at the protests for Gezi Park, which is very close to the İnönü Stadium. AA photo

Beşiktaş’s highly politicized Çarşı group were present at the protests for Gezi Park, which is very close to the İnönü Stadium. AA photo

The irreconcilable fans of Istanbul’s three big football clubs known for their huge rivalry have joined forces May 31 for the protest against the demolition of Taksim’s Gezi Park with an unprecedented announcement.

Galatasaray’s well-known UltrAslan group, Fenerbahçe’s Vamos Bien fan club and Beşiktaş’s highly politicized Çarşı group announced via social media that they would attend Taksim protests in unison to support demonstrators late May 31, following police’s brutal raid filled with tear gas at dawn. 

A supporter group of Trabzonspor, the Black Sea province’s outsiders commonly called Turkey’s “fourth big club,” had also said that it would lend its support to the demonstrations.  


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constantinos kio

6/1/2013 5:56:55 PM

@ missew ataturk story is everywhere in greek media as a battle for democracy . we pray for you

constantinos kio

6/1/2013 5:52:28 PM

remember Nika riots at 532 . most vilent riot in history of costantinopolis. half of city destroyed and started in hippodrome of the city from the funs of clubs .

Geir Fugleberg

6/1/2013 4:31:32 PM

Come come,whoeer you are,come Galatasaraylilar,yes EVEN Besiktaslilar. Come all.!!!

Basil Keilani

6/1/2013 9:55:51 AM

I don't want to exaggerate Erdogan's loss in popularity, but for this whole park thing say about a month ago he lost a few percentage points when compared to the past, but the AKP as of a month ago still had a clear majority, though it appears it could lose some seats. The question is whether it could lose much more support. We will see.


6/1/2013 5:52:55 AM

A procedure so legal that the government can change its story and no one has plans to point to. Legality requires transparency, DutchTurk, and it seems one Turkish court is independent enough to agree. And don't miss the article about the number of malls in Turkey going bankrupt. THIS IS CRONY CAPITALISM.


6/1/2013 2:00:15 AM

Sometimes you need to listen to people. Istanbul belongs to Istanbullians. How ironic that Erdogan is looking more like Assad, worse, like Israeli government everyday. There are other ways than gassing your own people to get to an accommodation. Next he will pin medals on the officers who brutalize citizens.


5/31/2013 11:21:30 PM

Don't use fans bases in these political issue will certain cause division among them, since around 50% of them are AKP voters and Erdogan is a member of Fenerbahce and Galatasaray's legend Hakan Sukur is an AKP MP. So for Carsi firm it can be true, since it is a lefty firm but for Galatasaray Ultraslan and Fenerbahce firm it is just a part joining. Don't say this has nothing to do with left or right. It's urban reshaping after legal procedure, just try to win 50% of votes and rebuild the park

Misses Ataturk

5/31/2013 10:47:00 PM

This story has now gone international! Please follow on twitter or social media! Us citizens of Turkey are crying out for international help! Down with the AKP!
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