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5 Years After Gezi – 2: Longing for Justice and the Feeling of Unconditioned Solidarity

Has it been that long? I can still feel the excitement of hundreds of thousands of people shouting “Erdogan resign” in unison. Sometimes, I exaggerate, but this time I am not. I was there when we took back the park. I was one of the first ones to take the steps, while the last police buses cleared the scene. It was the most amazing moment of my life. Earlier in the narrow streets the size of the mob – us – was impossible to judge. We knew that all the streets to Taksim resembled each other with hundreds of people fighting with police to come closer and closer to the park – but when I stood on the steps, I saw THE people. Almost like water, we filled the park, the square and the surroundings. I cried tears of joy. If you have never been in such an event, you cannot understand the feeling of unconditioned solidarity. That summer, we all fought together. We were fierce and we stood together. I spent hours in people’s …