Erdoğan Vows to Reconstruct Military Barracks In Istanbul’s Gezi Park

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his party members at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. Erdogan said for the first time that Syria's president must step down over the country's brutal crackdown on dissent, ratcheting up the pressure on the increasingly isolated Bashar Assad. In his harshest words yet, Ergodan reminded Assad of the bloody end of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as well as past dictators, including Adolf Hitler.(ddp images/AP Photo)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed to reconstruct the historic Taksim military barracks in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, a project that sparked country-wide protests in 2013.

“One of the subjects that we have to be brave is Gezi Park in Taksim. Look, I am saying once again. We will construct that historic building there,” Erdoğan said on June 18 speaking at an event in Istanbul.

The president also said the project might include a corner where German, French or the American history would be showcased to tell the world what they had done in the past, referring to the German parliament’s recent approval of the ‘Armenian genocide’ bill.

Erdoğan also said that a huge opera building would be constructed in Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM).

The Gezi Protests started as a sit-in by a small group of environmental advocates to stop bulldozers from razing the park, one of the few green spaces left in Taksim neighborhood, to build a shopping mall.

However, it quickly spread across Turkey, as millions of citizens took to the streets in mass demonstrations that shook Turkey throughout the summer of 2013. It later developed into a revolt against what protesters said was the increasing authoritarianism of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Eight protesters were killed during the unrest, while a police officer also died after chasing protesters during the uprising.