I went back to Istanbul last month. When I was there in June, major demonstrations garnering worldwide attention were ablaze.
Those demonstrations focused on Gezi Park right off the huge and centrally located Taksim Square where masses of people protested when the government announced plans to begin demolition of the park for new construction. In June, a corner of the park had already been torn up, and heavy construction equipment was on-site, clearly ready to tear up the rest of the park. But that work stopped when these demonstrations filled Taksim Square, and Gezi Park became a guarded fortress cordoned off by police who massed there with their water-cannon trucks and tear gas ready to disperse the demonstrators.