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Emrah Göker

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Let Us Dot the ‘i’ and Cross the ‘t’: Insurgence and the End of ‘Tough Love’ Politics in Turkey

[See article for image description. Photo via otekilerinpostasi.org]

I think it was on the second day of the protests that I saw the photograph: a Gezi Park protester standing in front of a yellow warning sign. The municipality sign warns drivers to use alternative routes because of the construction work in Taksim Square. The activist is drawing a line through the letter “l” in the Turkish word çalışma (work) on the sign, which makes itçatışma (clash). This frame poetically captures Turkey’s unfolding contentious episode. During ...

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