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Karl Marx


SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014

6:00-8:00 PM

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear)

Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building

Culver City (LA area)


Speaker: ONUR KAPDAN, PhD student, UC-Santa Barbara


The 2013 Gezi Park protests constituted a new type of horizontal social struggle that went beyond earlier Turkish politics, whether leftist or nationalist.  This movement, which involved a new generation of youth occupying public space to oppose environmental destruction and commodification of public land, took place in the context of the global upheavals since 2011, especially the Arab revolutions and the Occupy movement.  The repression and demagogy with which the state responded to the nationwide protests set off by Gezi Park have undermined the ideological control mechanisms of Turkish capitalism under Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).  Turkey’s international reputation as a democratic “model” for the Muslim world –as touted by the global media — has also been tarnished. Nonetheless, the AKP’s victory in the municipal elections of March 2014 demonstrates the new challenges ahead of the movement.

Suggested reading: Onur Kapdan, “Reflections on Turkey’s Gezi Park Protests,” International Marxist-Humanist, Aug. 13, 2013:

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