Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco
Issue: Environmental and Social Justice
Program Topic: Turkish activist Bengi Akbulut on resisting the demolition and development of Genzi Park in Taksim Square.
Key Discussion Points:
a) Today we hear from Turkish activist Bengi Akbulut. She has been past of the coalition resisting the demolition and development of Genzi Park in Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, since 2012,a nd has been part of the intensified resistance of the past 2 weeks.
b) We spoke with her at the Left Forum in NYC, just prior to the Turkish government’s crackdown. At the end of the program we share parts of her email response following.
c) The interview is conducted by Brooklyn, NY based journalist Rob Eshleman, who published it in The Brooklyn Rail.
A) Bengi Akbulut, Our Commons activist and participant in Genzi Park, Taksim Square, Istanbul Turkey
B) Rob Eshleman, interviewer