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Since 2007, there has been a tangible shrinking of the political space for those who do not support the AKP government in Turkey, which in turn, has had a negative impact on traditional grassroots organizing. The author identifies the May 2013 Gezi Park protests as a complex turning point in this sense. The protests revealed widespread popular discontent towards the government, as well as how far the AKP was willing to go to suppress dissent. According to the author, the post-Gezi experience has yielded contradictory impacts; on the one hand, the government has created fear of organized action, but on the other hand, previously disconnected grassroots groups in Turkey’s civil society are forming new alliances. This development, according to the author, is an important and valuable experience arising from the Gezi protests and one that can provide new opportunities for mobilizing grassroots activism.

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Sezen Yalçın
Sezen YalçınSezen Yalçın is the Field Coordinator for LGBTI’s Political Participation in the Association for Social Policies Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies (SPoD LGBTI).
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