In the summer of 2013, part of Turkish society mobilized to save "Gezi Park", a highly historical and symbolic place in Istanbul, which the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then Prime Minister, announced would be destroyed to build a shopping mall.
The environmental, social and ideological struggles converge against the Islamo-conservative policy of the government and many hopes are born among a part of the Turkish population. The struggle is unequal and severely repressed, a dozen people are killed and several thousands are injured, but this mobilization remains a landmark in the contemporary history of Turkey and still marks many minds.
Five years later, the enthusiasm generated by what some describe as "a moment of grace" has faded, to the point where one wonders if it really existed. The security and conservative policies of Erdogan, now president, and his AKP party have hardened further since the failed coup of July 15, 2016. Purges in the universities and media continue, police control over the population is increasing in the name of fighting terrorism, and a major economic crisis appears to be on the horizon.
A number of Turks look at these phenomena at work with fatalism. They don't agree with it but they don't know how to oppose it and see their perspectives and their hopes being reduced little by little.
Portrait of a dozen of them and the repercussions of this system on their daily lives, whether in terms of individual freedoms, the economy or their professional lives.