The ongoing protests in Turkey have spread like wildfire to other key areas of the country. One of the country’s towns, Izmir on the Aegean coast, is joining the demonstration with flags plastered with the face of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of secular Turkey.
Yet the atmosphere in Izmir is different from other cities of the country. Istanbul has been rife with violence; police fired tear gas and water cannons at the protesters. On the contrary, the demonstrators at
Izmir gather nightly in a festive mood with drums and bear.
Every night tents are put up and put down at sun rise.
In other areas, police have responded with brutal arrests. But the citizens of Izmir are cunning in their demonstration, leaving no evidence for the police to use against them.
Even with the different mood in Izmir, the laid-back town of Turkey still keeps its eyes open for police who have branded many of its residents due to their anti-government stance.