Oh no

By John Scott | July 22, 2013


You'd think sensitivity might be in order this holy month of Ramazan. A hint of compromise, a stepping back. But when interests are at stake, nothing, but nothing, matters in Istanbul.

Last month's ruling on Taksim's Gezi Park has been reversed. The bulldozers can roll in tomorrow, like the tanks in Prague in 1968.

Forget the lives lost, the young people blinded, the passions expressed in art and honest protest. Forget the money poured into the park by the city council to put things right. It was all for nothing.

Be warned. Reports in Zaman Today (English) and Hurriyet (Turkish) make depressing reading.

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