The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is maintaining a hardline against protesters, after clearing Gezi Park. The symbol of weeks of protests in Istanbul is empty -- for now.
Turkey welcomes private investors in the fields of art and culture, but artists feel oppressed by the government. Beyond censorship and commercial speculation, an alternative art scene offers some hope.
When DW commissioned a piece from Turkish composer Tolga Yayalar for his country's Bilkent Youth Symphony Orchestra, he saw the 2013 Gezi Park protests as a natural source of inspiration.
The trial of more than two dozen anti-government activists accused of organizing last year's Gezi protests has begun in Istanbul. The defendants face up to 29 years in prison if convicted.
Turkish police have used tear gas against protesters in Istanbul and Ankara. The demonstrators were marking the first anniversary of a protest that began a series of anti-government demonstrations last year.
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