Turkish court rules in favor of Gezi Park development project

Plans to reconstruct the military barracks in its former spot in Taksim's Gezi Park caused much controversy last year, when activists occupied the park to prevent building work from being commenced.

Turkish court rules in favor of Gezi Park development project

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish court has rejected an objection against the reconstruction of an Ottoman military barracks in the Istanbul district of Taksim.

Plans to reconstruct the military barracks in its former spot in Taksim's Gezi Park caused much controversy last year, when activists occupied the park to prevent building work from being commenced.

Police attempted to disperse protesters by firing tear gas, which only angered the public and spurred on weeks of anti-government riots around the city.

Police eventually succeeded the evacuating the area, where plans to redevelop the site are still in place.

The military barracks was objected against on the basis that its construction would cause environmental damage, but the court refused to accept this as a valid grounds for objection.

The original barracks, otherwise known as the Halil Pasha Artillery Barracks, was built in 1806 by Armenian architect Krikor Balian.

The building suffered considerable damage during riots in 1909, but was later repaired and transformed into a football stadium in 1921. The stadium was closed in 1939, and demolished in 1940.

Last Mod: 12 Mart 2014, 11:02
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