On Friday, May 31st, 2013, when Turkish police spent two days using tear gas to disperse a few thousand demonstrators protesting the construction of a new shopping center over Gezi Park, one of Istanbul’s rare green spaces, the events brought together a large portion of the local youth, who were increasingly upset with the government’s systematic repression. It was a historic moment for Turkey, as evidenced by graffiti reading “May 31st” on walls throughout the city.
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