After an outpouring of protesters shut down Turkey, despite violent repression by the police, the park that was to be razed for a shopping mall gets to stay.
Public outcry after the government handed some of the last green space in Istanbul over to developers so they could put in a mall has been supported by the courts in Turkey. Despite the ramming through of the plan by that nations president.
Four people were killed and thousands wounded in the weeks of demonstrations against the corporate takeover of public space.
(Reuters) - A Turkish court has cancelled a project to redevelop Istanbul's central Taksim square, a copy of the court's decision showed, ruling in a dispute that triggered a nationwide wave of violent anti-government protests.
The administrative court ruled in early June, at the height of the unrest, that a master plan to reshape the square violated preservation rules, the square's identity and other regulations, according to a lawyer for the plaintiffs.
The decision may jeopardise what many saw as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's personal quest to remake Taksim Square in the teeth of opposition that led to mass protests over his perceived authoritarian style of rule.