Who is managing this anger?

Translated by Translators for justice
Source: http://www.radikal.com.tr/yazarlar/pinar_ogunc/bu_ofkeyi_kim_mi_yonetiyor-1135994

Pınar Öğünç

The country is getting hot; there are still people looking for the plot. From now on, Turkey’s ‘invisibles,’ know the taste of something else other than tear gas.When coming back from the Middle East Women’s Conference in Diyarbakir, on Saturday, my eyes were looking for Taksim through the airplane’s glass window. As the police retreat from Gezi Park and people began to fill the square, I had taken a look at Twitter: The “menace,” which, for many days has been a news source-station for solidarity. People were going to Taksim Square, but later on there was a period of time in which anything could happen. I actually saw Taksim while descending to land; A flood of people lit by the evening sun was viewed from hundreds of feet above.

When I arrived in the Besiktas neighborhood where I live, all of the mainstream cameras had given in only after many days of resistance in Taksim. Besiktas was a complete mess… There was a pepper cloud hanging in the air because of the tear gas, which was constantly used . Retreating from Taksim, the police were behaving as if it was a defeat and were using tear gas and water cannons as to befit, the slogan, “Safety for the public.” At the same time, the situation was not any different in Ankara.

Besiktas was looking somewhat like filtered memories of, ‘May Day.’ People were saluting the tradesmen whom they knew, women whom i know from the market were taking people into their homes whose eyes were almost glued shut from the gas. There was milk, vinegar, lemon juice, and water at every apartment entrance which was looking more like a buffet than a make-shift rescue-center. Residents were honoring protesters as if they were their guests and relatives. In one apartment, a woman went so far as to have prepared, ‘cocktails’ in plastic cups just in case each of us had to drink vinegar water… and while offering, she even stated, “Look, honey, if the vinegar is not enough, I can add more.”

We will not be soldiers of anyone.

Those who think democracy is a gymnastics movement that appears only from ballot box to ballot box are not aware of just how invisible a part of the society feels. Ignoring is blasphemy and serious in nature .

If that part of the society shouts, it is voiceless. Its presence does not change any policy of the government. (That’s a different story, if you say it is our turn now). It has been silenced like an enemy especially since the appearance of May Day. Did we not see that tear gas was used against 10 people who went Taksim even after May Day and the leftist youth was beaten?

It came to a point that the Prime Minister invited everyone back to their houses who did not vote for him just like he did about the matter of alcohol, explicitly saying, “Drink at your home, we will not interfere that.” Do your protest at your home; he also said that he will give a tree to every home if we want one.
I’m writing this article from Gezi Park that which was won by the people who felt invisible. There is a happiness in people that I’ve never seen before, really! People are writing Twitter-auto search, ‘soldier’, ‘coup’, then tweeting several sarcastic tweets per minute. There are those saying, “Yes we are soldiers of Mustafa Kemal,” and thousands more saying, “We will not be soldiers of anyone!” These two passionate groups strangely came together. If government does not understand that, the public’s movement will not be the one that loses reputation but the government’s own political analysis capabilities. Those who stop to look an overturned police car at the entrance of the park as if it was at a museum, and those who do not undertand how people are posing as if this is a photo-opportunity after all the gas they breathed in their lungs for days are missing a valuable point here. While support protests in 46 cities are happening, while the country is getting hot, those hiding behind ‘three-to-five looters and bums’ definition, they will lose.

Yesterday, “Yeni Safak” Newspaper asked in the headline “Who is managing this anger?” Isn’t it obvious? The Prime Minister–the government is managing this anger. Who can manage the millions of people who would not ideologically stand side by side? A coup and an organization cannot be behind this.

This ‘boom’ inspired a lot of people who had never in their lives been part of a protest, to go on into the streets, and hold a radical protest for 5-days, thanks to the Prime Minister. If you do not understand this anger, it is your loss because many people have now also learned the taste of the resistance with tear gas. This is something that the Kurds know very well. These people realized that they became visible when they resisted. You cannot make them forget that and you will never be able to take this experience away from them either.



  1. Thank you…. A few of us watching and reading did not have sufficient Turkish. After awhile it became impossible to translate for ourselves the long emotional responses to all that happened. This really helped! We hear you, see you, and most importantly, we FEEL you!

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