Deniz Topaktas, is a 24-year-old translator that is taking part in the Istanbul protests
that started in May 2013. Along with her boyfriend, Erken, who's a lawyer they are the new
generation of Turks that come from low-class families, but managed to study and are now
climbing up the social ladder. Tayyip Erdogan though, the conservative Turkish PM, is
attacking their modern lifestyle, as he pushes for laws against freedom of press, public
kissing, constrain Internet access, and alcohol consumption in public.
In May and June 2013, it is estimated that 3.5 million of Turkey's 80 million people took
part in almost 5000 demonstrations across Turkey connected with the original Gezi Park
protest. Five people were killed from police's violent actions, 11 others lost their eyes
from plastic bullets, and more than 8000 were injured.
Since May 2013, Turkey has been frequently rocked by violent protests. As accusations on
corruption from Erdogan's party have increased, the dissatisfaction is increasing. The
protests have been compared to the Occupy movement and the May 1968 events and are
changing Turkey's face forever.