When Enough Is Enough…

It is hard to watch everything happening in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Hatay, Bandirma and the rest of the 48 cities so far the protests have been going on.

It is hard to watch from the safety of my home in the US when my brother, my friends and family are on those streets, defending the basic right of freedom and democracy of our country. Every cell in my body wants to be there so much!

All I can do from here to help spread the word about the government’s actions about taking our freedom away, turning the democracy into an authoritarian regime under the leadership of Tayyip… These actions have been little or big,  piling day by day, infiltrating our lives and our government. Being the country with the highest number of jailed journalists was not enough.Oh no, he also had to cut the essential parts of democracy such as free speech and free media broadcasting out of our lives, thinking he can deny everything going on because the TV does not show it! Or that we would not mind staying in the dark.

Then it started with a simple, peaceful protest against demolishing a park. However, people were at the end of their ropes and running out of patience with all the changes. So what was a peaceful sit-in turned into the biggest anti-government protests the decade has seen.  This is not seculars against islamists thing….this is not this party against that party thing , or ethnic clash…

This is democracy and people’s needs/wants against an authoritarian regime under one person.

He had no idea probably that it would come to this… He could not think of a couple things:

Like the power of social networks…which he calls “trouble, menace”…

Like the power of Turkish nation who stands together when their identity and being are in danger…


He forgot that no matter how much they try to divide all groups in Turkey…We know how to unite!

He forgot that the Turkish youth knows how to protect their democracy because we have been always told the responsibility lies within us.


Source :Facebook

And that we take our responsibilities seriously.

And we have the guts to stand against the powerful, without any weapons.

Because we have the heart.


Source: Facebook – Occupy Turkey

Not sure how long or where this is going to go. But at least, it has started.

If you want to read more about it, here are some links:








Disclosure – all the pictures on this post were found on Facebook. None of them are mine.



  1. by thyme (Sarah)
    8:43 pm
    Jun 2, 2013

    Thank you Ilke for posting this. We saw the riot police on every side street when we were walking down Taksim Square. We were quite unnerved. Our tour guide told us it wasn’t anything to worry about. We researched it a bit and read about the May Day riot and that precautions were being taken. I had no idea that things were this serious and I sure hope that Turkey does not become more conservative and autocratic!! What a beautiful city and culture that thrives on its diversity and tolerance.

  2. by Elena
    8:33 am
    Jun 3, 2013

    Everyday support for Turkey from Slovakia! Hold on guys and fight till the end…

  3. by Angie@Angie's Recipes
    12:40 pm
    Jun 3, 2013

    Power to those courageous Turkish folks!!

  4. by Ozlem's Turkish Table
    5:20 pm
    Jun 3, 2013

    I share the same feelings Ilke, how much I wished to be back home now.. so proud of all the folks out there standing up for their rights.. my heart bleeds for all the innocent injured; our Turkish flags up and rise in England, we are out banging our pots and pans in full support – eline saglik

  5. by Meral
    9:48 pm
    Jun 3, 2013

    Sevgili Ilke,
    sana cok ama cok tesekkur ediyorum. Iki gundur deliler gibi duzenli izledigim Turk yemek bloglarina bakip hala hic kimsenin bir sey yazmamasini anliyamiyordum.
    Benim de kalbim Istanbul da Ortakoy den baslayip Besiktas a oradan da akaretlerden Gumussuyu na cikiyor.
    ‘Enough is Enough.’

  6. by Ilke
    9:56 pm
    Jun 3, 2013

    Meral, Ozlem, Angie, Elena, Sarah…. It is a common desire for democracy. If one country goes down and bows to the authoritarian regime, It gives others the justification. I am so proud of all the people out there doing what they can and also all the people doing whatever they can wherever they are.
    This is a call for humanity!
    Thank you so much for stopping by and voicing your feelings.

  7. by Susan
    7:09 pm
    Jun 4, 2013

    The fight for freedom and against injustice is such a noble cause. I read some of the president’s comments and thought “What???”. Good luck to all of the brave souls in Turkey.

  8. by john@kitchenriffs
    5:23 pm
    Jun 5, 2013

    Good post. I’ve been reading a lot about this. So sad – and a troubling situation. Turkey is such an important country and will probably be the leading power in that region again before too long (one could argue it really already is). Very troubling situation – thanks for increasing our awareness of what’s going on. Great selection of pictures.

  9. by Shelley
    4:40 pm
    Jun 10, 2013

    Wow- such powerful images. I’m so sorry to hear of the troubles in Turkey. I hope your family is bearing well under the pressure and I’ll say a prayer for resolution. Whatever shape resoultion may need to take…

  10. by Mrs Ergül
    11:31 pm
    Jun 10, 2013

    Every word you wrote is what I though about it and Turks! Kudos.

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