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Trades unions (Istanbul): Trades unions, such as TMMOB and the Union
of Health and Social Service Workers (SES), participated in the protests
against the persecution of the environment and environmentalism, the
persecution of ‘the people’ and to prevent the AKP’s Taksim project.
Especially in the second term of the AKP government, massive changes
were conducted across Turkey in the name of urban renewal without
first consulting with TMMOB, despite its role in appraising urban development
proposals. Participants stated very firmly: there are certain
living spaces in the city that just should not be touched. They were,
therefore, against these urban renewal projects and became a barrier
to the AKP government’s projects
Trades union members participated in the protests both as individuals
and with union identities. They felt close to Taksim Solidarity, Çarşı and
the Anti-capitalist Muslims and other unions, but not to the CHP. (p. 130-131)