Prolegomena: In a World Turned Upside Down
As the final words of this book are written, we are witnessing the consequences of the contestation in Turkey. For the time, Erdoğan managed to emerge as winner: first his party won the Parliamentary elections, and then he became the first ever directly elected President of Turkish Republic with 51%. Yet, the struggle is by no means over as Turkey is as divided as ever: the echo of the Gezi Square slogan, “Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is resistance” has become the motto President Erdoğan is up against. The toll of 11 protesters killed and 8,000 injured is the legacy of this contestation. The latest clashes occurred when protesters took to the streets to protest against the country’s dismal work safety record following the country’s worst industrial accident. The previous wave of conflict in Turkey was sparked by the death of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy, who was in coma for 269 days after being hit on the head by a Police tear-gas. Images of the youth-symbol of the struggle, Berkin were depicted next to the image of Alexis Grigoropoulos, the other youth who was also killed by the Police in Athens in 2008, the event that sparked unprecedented mass rebellion in all major cities of Greece. Football fans from Turkey, Greece and Italy expressed their grief for Berkin Elvan: AEK Athens fans displayed a banner featuring a photograph of Elvan along with Alexis Grigoropoulos.1 Turkey is still today a mass battleground, initially sparked by the contestation over the nature of the Gezi Park in İstanbul; that was enough to open up a vicious cycle of contestation shaking the stability of what was seen as the model of Islamic neoliberalism, Turkish or AKP-style.
KeywordsParliamentary Election Previous Wave Precarious Subject Turkish Republic European Periphery
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