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Turkish court scraps plan to redevelop Taksim Square

Published time: July 03, 2013 15:21
Edited time: July 03, 2013 16:48
Protesters gather on Taksim square during a demonsration against the government in Istanbul on June 25, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Protesters gather on Taksim square during a demonsration against the government in Istanbul on June 25, 2013. (AFP Photo)

A Turkish Court has cancelled plans to redevelop Taksim Square, according to court ruling from early June obtained by Reuters. The authorities planned to turn the park into a monument to the Ottoman Empire, which sparked mass protests last month.

The court ruled in early June during the height of the unrest that the government’s plan to rebuild the square broke preservation rules, that it spoiled the square’s identity and broke other regulations, according to a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

The dispute over the redevelopment of the square sparked nationwide anti-government protests, which developed into a wider protest at his authoritarian style of rule.

The anger soon grew into mass demonstrations against Erdogan’s rule and his Islamist inspired policies. The protests, which started in May, and dragged on throughout most of June, left four people dead and 7,500 injured, some of them seriously, according to the Turkish Medical Association.

Riot police use tear gas to disperse protesters at the Gezi park near Taksim square in Istanbul, on June 15, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Erdogan said on June 14 that his government would wait for the judiciary to rule, including any appeals, before making a final decision on Taksim’s development.

The Gezi Park, on the edge of Taksim Square is one of central Istanbul’s few remaining green spaces. During the height of the protests it became a makeshift campsite, which was occupied by thousands of people in protest at the government’s plans to demolish it.

Comments (35)


IHA 06.08.2013 01:49

(protester traitor) are not really even Turk, Our Gloriuos Turkish flag is on their dirty hands ,but We Real Turks so Ottomans come back to the world (We return) with Mehter Marşı


IHA 06.08.2013 01:47

they traitors pardon democratic protesters have crushed(burn) my friends car..damaged civillian's life ,shops,houses,bus stations so everythings... they are traitors(also a little group) but We don't know Why Our Gloriuos Turkish flag is on their dirty hands... Our nation hate them(protester) because , they(protester) agent,provocationer, and traitors groups.


Raphael Canaris 05.07.2013 13:22

They were going to turn the park into a monument for the Ottomon Empire? That is contrary to what I have heard
I doubt there would be such protests over a simple monument...

From what I heard the protest was about the park being developed into a shopping mall... You know, the thing which there exists a million others in Istanbul alone.

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