Protests planned against 3rd Istanbul bridge to harm economy, gov't

Stating that she still hopes to succeed in blocking the construction of the bridge, Bayraktar says that an economic crisis could easily stop the government and “The banks should become bankrupt one way or another.”

Protests planned against 3rd Istanbul bridge to harm economy, gov't

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Retired professor Zerrin Bayraktar spoke about the plans of Gezi Park protesters to continue their protests in an effort to create an economic crisis that would get rid of the government, at a forum organized in Beşiktaş Abbasağa Park last Friday.

Speaking at a forum organized by some academics and individuals from the art world after Gezi Park was closed to protests, Bayraktar told Today's Zaman that the construction of the third Bosporus bridge should definitely be prevented to weaken the government, a process which protesters hope will eventually result in the removal of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.

“We will never allow the construction of the bridge. We said we would lie under the bulldozers, but we had no access to the construction area because it is a military zone,” Bayraktar explains. She further says that had they been able to get in, they would not have left the construction area.

Stating that she still hopes to succeed in blocking the construction of the bridge, Bayraktar says that an economic crisis could easily stop the government. “The banks should become bankrupt one way or another so that they won't be able to provide the TL 3 billion in loans for the construction of the third bridge,” she further says.

Making a comparison between the Gezi Park protests and the Republican rallies held in 2007 in an effort to prevent the election of a president from the AK Party, Bayraktar says that the latter failed because it was not well organized enough and only lasted a couple of days.

“Gezi Park has a goal -- to change the government. In the Republican rallies, the e-memorandum by the military spoiled everything,” Bayraktar added, referring to the military's failed attempt to send an ultimatum to the AK Party government to stop the nomination of a presidential candidate from the governing party. According to her, a well-organized movement is required to topple the government.

Following the Gezi Park protests, demonstrators who oppose the government began to gather in different parks in İstanbul to organize forums that became regular events. The leading ones are Abbasağa Park in Beşiktaş, Maçka Democracy Park and Maltepe Shore Park.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Ağustos 2013, 11:14
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