#OccupyGezi – Turkish Protesters use Indiegogo.com to Crowdfund full-page ad in NYT

Turkish govt plans to redevelop a park into a Shopping mall & military barracks, among other things, has turned into a big protest against the govt. The park in question is Gezi park in Istanbul’s main Taksim Square. This has led to widespread protests. Activists Oltac Unsal, Murat Aktihanoglu & Dugyu Atacan took to Indiegogo.com to raise funds for placing a full-page ad in NYT. Their goal was to collect $53,800.

This has led to one of the quickest fund collections on Indiegogo.com & with still many days to go, they collected the required amount & exceeded it as well. They had also requested for the ad creatives to be voted for which would go in the NYT ad.

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described social media as “the worst menace to society”. Social networks Twitter and Facebook are filled with videos and photos of clashes .Twitter has become the main source of information for demonstrators.

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