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Turkish court blocks park project that triggered unrest

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Text by Hürriyet Daily News

Latest update : 2013-07-03

A Turkish court ruled Wednesday against the development project in Istanbul’s Gezi Park that triggered nationwide anti-government demonstrations and violent unrest, dealing a blow to a project strongly backed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

The controversial Taksim pedestrianization project and the Artillery Baracks project, which was planned to be built on the site of Gezi Park, have been canceled according to an administration court’s June 8 decision, the details of which were revealed today.

The Taksim Square pedestrianization project and the Artillery Barracks project have lost their legal grounds, according to the details of the Istanbul first Regional Court’s June 8 decision.

The court decided to cancel the changes over the 1/5000 scale and 1/1000 scale construction plans for Beyoğlu, which automatically cancelled the pedestrianization and the Artillery Barracks projects. Countrywide protests against the Artillery Barracks project started in Taksim Square late May and spread across the country, leading to the deaths of three protesters and one policeman.

Click here to read the rest of this story on Hürriyet Daily News.

Date created : 2013-07-03

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