Turkey realises strength with 'Occupy Taksim' protest
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The "Occupy Taksim" protests have become the symbolic centre for protests fuelled by the ruling Justice and Development Party's decision to pursue a more conservative agenda, says Cihan Çelik of the "Hurriyet Daily News".
Waking up to a morning whose freshness was contaminated by air filled with tear gas, Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square has been witnessing popular unrest against a controversial urbanisation project in the city.
But the "Occupy Taksim" protests have metamorphosized into a broader political protest, fuelled by the ruling Justice and Development Party's decision to pursue a more conservative agenda, and Taksim has become the symbolic centre of a battle for Turkey's future.