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article imageDocumentary: 'Taksim Commune: Gezi Park & the Uprising in Turkey'

By Anne Sewell     Aug 6, 2013 in World
Istanbul - Global Uprisings has published a 33-minute video documentary, which tells the story of the occupation of Gezi Park, its violent eviction, and the mass uprising throughout Turkey that it sparked.
The video tells the story of how, since the end of May 2013, political unrest has swept across Turkey. In Istanbul, a large part of the central Beyoğlu district became a battle zone for three consecutive weeks with conflicts continuing afterward. So far five people have died and thousands have been injured.
Initially protests were aimed at rescuing Istanbul's last green space, Gezi Park, which was set to be demolished as part of a large scale urban renewal project.
Starting on May 28, police in Istanbul used extreme force against the protesters, which came to a dramatic head in the early morning hours of Friday May 31st when police attacked protesters sleeping in the park. Police set fire to the tents and the protesters' property and violently evicted them from the park at 5.00 am in the morning.
Following that incident, police attacks grew over the next days to shocking proportions. As the news of the police brutality spread across the world, protests then transformed into a popular uprising against the Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his style of authoritarian rule.
Along the way, as people connected more and more, they realized that the mainstream media was publishing stories that were much different to what was actually happening in Turkey.
A documentary has been produced of the Gezi Park protest which transformed into a countrywide protes...
A documentary has been produced of the Gezi Park protest which transformed into a countrywide protest in Turkey.
Video-maker Brandon Jourdan and editor and voice-over artist Marianne Maeckelbergh of Global Uprisings have produced the documentary which documents the uprising, with interviews with local people, protesters and journalists and includes footage never seen before.
About the video-maker:
Brandon Jourdan is an award-winning independent filmmaker, journalist, and writer. His film, the July War, is based on the 2006 war in Lebanon and the consequences of the war. Jourdan has contributed to the NY Times, CNN, Babelgum, Reuters, Deep Dish TV, Democracy Now!, the Independent Media Center, Now with Bill Moyers, Foreign Exchange, and Free Speech Television.
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