One may wonder whether there is no buffer zone that may actually prevent this nature terror from happening. However, in this context, the Turkish legal system has been paralyzed. Greenpeace Turkey’s Pinar Aksogan depicts the current situation neatly:
- The laws to protect the environment from unchecked construction and development have been systematically undermined in order to allow grand government-favored projects go ahead without effective controls or regulation, and with no regard for human and environmental considerations.
- Compulsory "environmental impact assessments" for new projects have had their rules changed so decisions are far more likely to favour the investors.
- Forest laws have been transformed. The law known as "2B" redefined some forests as "not forests" allowing them to be felled and turned to construction sites. Recently the government added the category of "forests that won't benefit from protection".
- This change, along with the policy of "urban transformation" fuelled a period of seemingly uncontrolled construction across Turkey.
- In an Orwellian masterstroke the government has recently put to parliament a new law "on the protection of nature and biological diversity." The draft bill would open the way to almost unrestricted exploitation of the natural environment.
As Daron Acemoglu puts it, this reflects the fact that democracy doesn’t just take place at the polls, especially when the choices on the ballot are as unappealing as they have been in Turkey and adds the following: British democracy came of age in the 19th century partly as a result of protests in the streets, which not only led to the enfranchisement of the previously disenfranchised but also to the formation of the Labour Party, offering new options to voters.
In line with this, the disenfranchised eventually took the streets when the Turkish government in Ankara decided and gave the start to build up a shopping mall on the only green area at heart of the Istanbul (Taksim), not even bothering with taking the consent of the locals (Shortly after the demolition begun, people gathered peacefully, but rapidly, to stop the project from continuing. However, this was not welcomed by the government, a.k.a Erdogan, and the police intervened the protests with brutal force).
Nobody at that time was aware that the things, which begun as a peaceful demonstration, could turn into an outrage over Erdogan and his government. There was a natural unification aiming to fight against the government’s misuse of power, infringement on free speech and other liberties (add to his the systematic destruction of the nature through government approved projects), which went too far in pushing conservative views on a secular state and suppressing dissent. The authoritative views shared by the prime minister, his belief that the demonstrators could be pushed back easily (even though this could (and did) happen with police violence) resulted in a revolt against the government. Strangely, Erdogan went as far as to name these (his) people (the protestors) as terrorists, marginal, looters (and the other half -though appx %65- of the country), which have been some sinister terms that can be used to excuse any form of government (and naturally police) abuse.
When the unrest was tried to be suppressed with the police force, a big part of the Turkish news media has yielded their freedom to broadcast and publish the uprising so much that it did not report much on how the small protests against a shopping on Gezi Park turned into a mass movement challenging Erdogan’s authoritarianism. On the contrary, the international media covered the demonstrations to a significant extent and many foreign politicians highered their voices against the Turkish government, who has been playing the “three monkeys”. Besides, on June 18, UN’s human rights commissioner, Navi Pillay, called for officials and security forces using excessive force to be punished: it is important that the authorities recognize that the initial, extremely heavy-handed response to the protests, which resulted in many injuries, is still a major part of the problem.
Maybe the huge protests, which were bourn from an uprising to prevent the Gezi Park from being demolished, are unlikely to topple the government or change the attitude the prime minister displays. However, as Acemoglu also put’s it, “their importance lies in their symbolism. Suddenly, there is a diverse group of people pouring into the streets to demand not handouts or policy concessions but a voice in Turkish politics. The protesters are not hard-core opposition supporters wishing to turn the clock back to the secular orthodoxy of yore but young urbanites frustrated by the A.K.P.’s increasingly unresponsive monopoly on power”.
Is it possible to say that all these drop to one thing, the nature? Maybe not but... Will it be too heuristic to assert that we should not underestimate the power of the nature, not even in an evolving democracy? At least one can claim that nature’s power caused a lot of destruction, with some Schumpeterian twist, “creative destruction”. There is no wonder that this will certainly shape Turkey's democracy in the decades to come; with the aim for a better one.
 During the unrest, which is still on the run, 4 people died (three demonstrators and a police officer, who with all the fatigue and sleepless days of clash, fell down a high block in a construction area when he was in duty) and more than 7000 people have been injured (including 12 people loosing their eyes when they were hit with teargas canisters and/or plastic bullets). Scores of lawyers, journalists and medics have been detained during the demonstrations. Besides, many high-ranking military officers to journalists are now in jail, in most cases without having had a fair trial (According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Turkey has now surpassed China for the number of jailed journalists.)
 The current situation is calmer and different ways of protesting the government have emerged. One of them is Turkey’s ‘standing people’ protest; a passive resistance. It is a peaceful, mute, immobile gesture of resistance to a government that has used brute force to dispel three weeks of protest. Silent protestors swelled into hundreds across different parts of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and other cities both in Turkey and in other countries. To a surprise, 10 ‘standing men’ were detained by the police in Istanbul after refusing to move?! Moreover, people started gathering at parks in different parts of the country to discuss the recent happenings and make up their minds about the next step they will take.
 Maybe not so surprising, while CNN International’s Ivan Watson was reporting live from Taksim Square, the local channel, CNN Turk, partly owned by Turner Broadcasting, was airing a documentary on penguins.
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