Write 11 pages with APA style on The Evolution of Communication Strategies by Public Administration during Gezi Protests. The Public Square Movement merely started as a small protest but later turned into a huge movement of worldwide recognition on May 28, 2013. The main reason which changed this small protest into a movement was the disproportionate use of power by the police and authorities against the young, non-violent activist group. It made them gain a new voice and unity, which represented the already existing social dynamic force that had challenged the continual political norm for the past 12 years.
As Nilüfer Göle (2013) stated in her commentary, the Gezi Movement has been compared with other protests in history such as the Arab Spring and the Tahrir Square Movement. She stated that.
“Similarities were drawn to the “May 68” youth protest movement in France. The Tahrir Square” movement in Egypt and the “Arab Spring” came to mind. But the movements in the capitals of Western cities, such as “Occupy Wall Street” and the “Les Indigenes,” were
also given as examples to understand the anti-capitalist stand of the Gezi protest movement.” (pg.8)
The Gezi Movement was believed to be to all these movements mentioned above, and even though, there seem to be similarities, this movement was unique and distinct. Most of the media coverage in the world framed the Gezi Protests as similar to Arab Spring Simply because they included mass protests that lead to the killing of innocent lives and taking away the demonstrating rights of citizens (Simon, 2015. Gezi, 2013. and Göle, 2013). Gezi Protest was not the same or similar to the Arab Spring because Turkey’s political structure is too different from Arab politics. Turkey has a parliamentary system. In the meantime, some Turkish people were anxious as this movement was thought to be similar to the Arab Spring. They were also worried about Turkey’s economical consistency and unity.
Gezi Movement supporters wanted to express how much they had felt under pressure for a long time. According to them, they were not free enough to live in a true democracy as they did 10 years ago. Especially in the last few years, the authorities tried to damage Atatürk and his principles. They wanted to impose their own conservative ideologies on the public (Gezi, 2013). It was vital to violence against the Kemalists.