Clarity Within the Smoke: Thoughts From Inside Turkey’s Uprising

Istanbul, Turkey

"Mom, are these police human?"

“Mom, are these police human?”

 

The following is an almost word for word interview with three people engaged in the uprising in Istanbul:  Nina, 34, is a teacher, dreamer and activist. Yaren, 30, is a leftist and atheist, but grew up Muslim. Mehmet, 34, is a left-leaning Islamist and father of two, currently an unemployed architect. While the three were holed up in a French school, seeking refuge from attacks of riot police, red clouds of tear gas and ceaseless fatigue, they sketched out for us a multifaceted political horizon: the violence of the state, the actors in the streets, requests for global solidarity, the ridiculous rumors, their concerns on where things will go, and the role of Islam. By no means will this conversation answer everyone’s questions, but it will offer a candid and brutally honest look into the Turkish uprising. Continue reading