GEZI PROTESTS – THE ANNIVERSARY PART I – CHAPULERS
At the end of this month will be the first anniversary of the Gezi Protests, when the progressive thinking public took to the streets to say ‘enough is enough’.
It was a euphoric time. A people before suppressed by fear of speaking out, rose up and shouted. Suddenly they understood they were not alone in this.
Old and young took to the streets to show their support. Some died for it. Some went blind.
Mothers prepared themselves as children went to war. “Go, but if you are not prepared to die for this, then stay at home”.
What kept many going was the humour. It was everywhere. A new word ‘Chapulcu’ was born and went viral. The PM had used it to taint the protesters by using a word meaning ‘looters’. The Looters were anything but; they were educated, witty and knew other languages beside their own. They used Chapuler as their collective name and ran with it.
They named sections of the occupied Gezi Park to identify their use. The word Chapul became known as a word meaning ‘Protester’.
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They claimed areas as their own by renaming Taksim (the seat of the protests) on the metro maps.
The word even made it on to a game show.
Well-known International people became one of them.
They expressed themselves in every area of the Arts.
And their code, as always remained ‘keep your spirits up for the good fight’.
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