As anti-government demonstrations in Turkey entered their second week, the mood turned festive – but protesters also got more organised, with medical and legal teams now set up in the Istanbul park that is the symbolic heart of the movement.
Tensions seemed to be diminishing on Tuesday as protests over the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park in Istanbul entered a second week after spreading to nearly every province in Turkey.
The heart of the protests in Istanbul have taken on a more festive character, a stark contrast to last week's brutal police raids on the park. The protesters who took back Taksim Gezi Park on June 1 are now more organised, and medical and legal assistance teams have been set up. Unlike in previous days, many young students are now frequenting the park with their parents and even grandparents, while pop artist Şebnem Ferah gave a concert during the night.
Small scuffles did break out Tuesday night between protesters and police near the road leading to Taksim, however. Other clashes were reported near Ankara's central Kızılay district around midnight.
Date created : 2013-06-05