I have been living in Istanbul, in Taksim, for the last year and a half. This weekend I felt at home here for the first time. Against the tense backdrop and amidst the clouds of tear gas people are being exceptionally kind.
A woman in the street approached me yesterday evening shyly and said: "I see that you are pregnant, and just wanted to tell you that there are fights in Besiktas now and a lot of tear gas. Please don't go there." Others offer me water in the street, a gas mask or to step into their shop to rest.
The last few days in Istanbul have been quite extraordinary, scary at times but inspiring nevertheless.
On Sunday, there was a feeling of victory in the air. The police retreated from Gezi Park at around 5pm on Saturday. They did not return to the Taksim area, where I liv... Read more >