O for Organized Resistance

When a capital wants a piece of land and this piece of land happens to belong to the people and the government who is supposed to protect the rights of its people instead of the money’s doesn’t do his job, people step up and defend their own claim without violence in a organized manner, there, Organized Resistance begins.


Tiananmen Square (http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20141203-blood-on-the-streets)

The most known manifestation of Organized Resistance is the tactic of occupation. The tactic of occupation means taking and holding of the physical space. Space occupations are defined by their openness, accessibility, and public visibility. The people all over the world who contribute to the occupation movements have many different backgrounds and political beliefs but feel that, since they can no longer trust the officials to represent anyone other than their wealthiest “business partners”, there is a need of real people to create real change from the bottom up.

The recent form of the organized resistance started as a #occupymovement in Tunisia, December 17, 2010. Twenty-six-year old produce vendor Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire in response to years of petty police harassment in Sidi Bouzid. His self-immolation spark a wave of protests against the decades-long autocratic rule of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. After four weeks, Ben Ali is forced to dissolve parliament and fled to Saudi Arabia.

The Case Of Turkey, A Country That Develops

The #occupymovement in İstanbul from 28 May 2013 protests began to occur against plans to replace Taksim Gezi Park with a shopping mall and possible residence. Police violence against peaceful protesters transformed the resistance protecting Taksim Gezi Park into a movement who oppose the current government’s oppressive policies. In the end the #occupygezi movement won and the court cancelled the plan intended to turn park into a mall. There was a sad happiness in the end, people were happy that the plan is cancelled but sad because of the loss of 7 people whose life taken by the police brutality and countless injured people.


Taksim Square (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2013_Taksim_Gezi_Park_protests_(15th_June).jpg)

The #occupygezi is important movement because it was successful and gave Turkish people inspiration about getting up and take back the things they own at the first place. One of the last incidents of the current ruling party’s municipality’s intention was to turn a green area into parking lot.

Moda Sabit Bazaar Resistance a.k.a. #direnmoda

A private company took the permission to make a parking lot to one of the few green open areas in Moda, district of Kadıköy, İstanbul. But at the same time this area also was disaster regrouping area in the Master Plan. When work machine came to demolish the park and put cement above the dirt people stood up to the work machine and municipality officials ran off from the scene. But the person who “rented” the area came, spoke and tried to provoke people saying “I own this place, this will be done” reminding all about someone specific giving the excuse the neighborhood needs car park. Happily no one got provoked. People made their tents and camped because the work machine and the guy who rented was seeking for a moment to demolish the park. People made movie screenings, dinner parties in the open air and after 3 or 4 weeks municipality cancelled the parking lot permit which was given illegally at the first place.

Untitled Moda, Istanbul (Courtesy of Google Maps)

So the idea behind all these stories is we don’t have to put up to everything that the powerful corporation or a man wants to do. If we organize and stand up for our rights we can achieve anything.

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