What happened at the meeting of Taksim Solidarity and Erdogan’s “Gezi Park”?

The writer of our newspaper Barış Terkoğlu “AKP Leader Defends Gezi Park” In his column entitled, he recounts the meeting he had with Cem Tüzün, one of the pioneers of Taksim Solidarity.

Tüzün made a statement to Terkoğlu regarding the meeting of eight members of Taksim Solidarity and a group of artists with Erdoğan in Çankaya on June 13, 2013, “Erdogan suddenly got angry… It was like he was going through a crisis. His words were intertwined. Sümeyye Erdoğan and his party members intervened, they took her away.” mentioned.

The relevant section of Terkoğlu’s article is as follows:

“Solidarity was established a year before the Gezi protests by nearly 200 parties and community organizations that were against the Taksim project.

Erdogan, who was then prime minister, met the artists for the first time after the protests began. However, the artists could not speak for the activists. On their initiative, on the evening of June 13, 2013, eight members of Taksim Solidarity and a group of artists met Erdoğan in Çankaya.

Tüzün described the first friction between them and the Prime Ministry as follows:

“They said only Cem Tuzun and Eyüp Muhcu should come. We opposed. We said we would come, four women and four men, representing Solidarity.

The next contact was on June 13. Tüzün explains the rest:

“Yavuz Bingöl called and said ‘come to the airport’. When we left they took us to VIP. We went with the artist-writers in two separate planes for 10-12 people. The friends they opposed were on the second plane.

Tüzün explains that he tried to make sure they were accompanied:

“The Prime Minister has arrived. He started making presentations with the videos prepared by the police, who were complaining about the protesters in Gezi. People behaved reproachfully. The Prime Minister spoke in a growling tone. I said: ‘We did not come here to listen to the speeches we have been listening to for days, we came here to state our demands and find a solution’. I said, ‘Six of our friends have come, at the door, if they don’t come, I’m going out too’, I left.

He recounts the following:

“Mahsun Kırmızıgül came after me and calmed me down. They let us in again with six other people.


He then recounts the tense moments as follows:

Arzu Çerkezoğlu asked to speak after me. As he spoke, Erdogan suddenly got angry. He said, ‘Don’t talk to me about sociology, how many votes do I get, how many votes do the parties you support get? He stood up angrily. When he got up, everyone else got up too. At that time, Beyza Metin said, “You can’t talk to a woman like that, know your place.” Erdogan thought Arzu Çerkezoğlu said so. He turned to her angrily. “You know your limits,” he said. It was as if he was having a seizure. The words were mixed up. Sümeyye Erdoğan and his party members intervened and took her away.

All but Tayyip and Sümeyye Erdoğan returned to the room after a while. AKP spokesman Hüseyin Çelik spoke. He said his suggestions:

“We will wait for the court’s decision, if a negative decision is issued, we will abandon the artillery barracks,” he said. “Even if the opposite is true, we will ask the public, we will hold a referendum,” he said.

While those of Solidarity found this positive, they listed their demands. If the court decides in favor of the government, it wants universities and professional organizations to be called upon. On the other hand, they wanted an investigation to be opened against the officers who caused deaths by using violence against the civilian population, and they wanted the detainees to be released.


“Did you demand that the government resign from Erdogan” I asked. After saying “never”, he said something very interesting:

“There may be political parties within Taksim Solidarity. But Solidarity is not a political body. Solidarity only talked about the problems related to the city and the square. Numan Kurtulmuş’s HAS party was also a component of Taksim Solidarity. Their representatives attended the meetings.

Obviously, HAS Parti and Kurtulmuş, who later decided to join the AKP, withdrew from Solidarity. Kurtulmus is now Erdogan’s assistant.

Maybe everything could be solved that night. However, Erdogan’s intransigent stance made this impossible. He continued his harsh statements. Thereafter, the show of violence by the police on trial for FETO continued. In short, although it is a democratic right to demand the resignation of the government, it was not what the organizers demanded. Indeed, in the decision taken on Monday, the button was badly buttoned by the head.

Historians write history. Those who lead with their actions make history. Has anyone ever seen those who tried to make history with the courts win?”

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