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Şemsa Özar

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Destruction and Construction, Resistance and Solidarity: Diyarbakir/Surici Observations Part II

[Mass iftar held to protest destruction in the İçkale valley. All photographs by the author]

[To read the previous article in this series, “Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi,” click here.] Things will not calm down in Suriçi. The destruction and construction of İçkale Valley has come to a close, and the neighborhood has been transformed into a park. While the closed-off areas have been entirely demolished, the demolition of the Alipaşa and Lalebey neighborhoods—which started under an urban renewal project in 2012, but stopped due to resistance—has ...

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Diyarbakir: The Heart of this City Beats in Suriçi

[Suriçi. Image via the author.]

One day in Suriçi, 1 March 2017: from Melik Ahmet Avenue to Balıkçılar, from there to Dağkapı, we follow the destruction and reconstruction. From Melik Ahmet Avenue, we are moving on to Balıkçılar. There are several police and task forces ahead on one of the narrow streets to the right. Mostly female police, wearing bulletproof jackets, are waiting with long black batons in their hands. The street entrance is closed. Thinking that he might be a journalist, I approach ...

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Bio

 

Şemsa Özar is a professor in the Department of Economics at Boğaziçi University. She served as president of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) from 2015 to 2016.