by Kate Elizabeth Creasey

There has been a pause in my writings this week. The festive mood in Istanbul has shifted to one of fear. Yesterday the state security forces cleared Gezi Park and ruthlessly attacked peaceful demonstrators, including elderly people and children. Even though the protests have been physically removed from the park, they continue throughout the city and in the relationships, language, slogans, and images that the park produced. As an outsider, I will keep chronicling the nuances and brutality of what is happening in the city and to many of my closest friends, yet I must note I now write in the midst of truly awful repression.

Istanbul, June 16, 2013