‘Taksim is a site of struggle for ideological predominance’

Taksim Square acquired a political identity after the founders of the republic saw and designed it as their prestige project, according to architect Korhan Gümüş. Ever since, the square has become a site of struggle for dominance, with each government trying to leave their mark, says Gümüş.

Alevis stage protest against bridge name

Alevis from all around Turkey staged a protest yesterday against the name of the third bridge, “Yavuz Sultan Suleiman,” condemning the decision to name the bridge after an Ottoman sultan historically known for slaughtering Alevis.