Istanbul hit a milestone last night. At around 9 P.M., when two weeks earlier hundreds had paraded down my street banging pots and pans, only a single, solitary person protested against the regime of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It seems as though the protests that rocked Istanbul’s Gezi Park and public spaces around Turkey for the past 20 days are over. Attempts to revive them have been thwarted by the police occupation of Gezi and Taksim in the days following their brutal clearing on 15 July.
Though silent civil disobedience continues around the city, the bulk of Istanbul’s population is tired enough to go home, and those who remain have lost their common enemy.
Now seems as good a time as ever to take stock of what, if anything, they actually managed to accomplish.
The protests began as an environmental sit-in to prevent the construction of an Ottoman-style barracks…
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