The court stops Gezi Park demolition but will it be listened to?

July 3,

A court has ruled against a building project in Istanbul that triggered nationwide anti-government demonstrations.

Authorities were expected to appeal against the decision to cancel a project to redevelop Taksim Square in the city centre, which became the centre of protests and violent clashes with police last month. But the ruling marked a significant victory for a coalition of political forces opposed to the project.

The administrative court made its ruling in early June, at the height of the unrest, according to a lawyer for the plaintiffs. It was not clear why it was not released until now.

The Taksim Square project, which would have involved cutting down trees and erasing nearby Gezi Park, became symbolic of what opponents of the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, regarded as an increasingly high-handed form of government. Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds  there and at demonstrations in other cities.

Mr Erdogan said on 14 June that his government would wait for the judiciary to rule, including the appeals process, before proceeding with the Taksim development, which was seen as one of his pet projects.

The above is from Reuturs, published here:


Cengiz Aktar writing in Today’s Zaman said:

‘We will comply with court rulings’

That certainly sounds like an oxymoron in a democratic country, but was unfortunately one of the most unfortunate statements made by the prime minister during the Gezi protests

Well, he is making many such statements nowadays; but it is hard to understand that he declares he would comply with the court rulings as if this is a favor.

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