Among the controversial urban renewal projects being pushed by the AKP is the "second Bosphorus" canal, shown on the left in this map.

Among the controversial urban renewal projects being pushed by the AKP is the "second Bosphorus" canal, shown on the left in this map.

Poster announcing a protest against the Taksim Square renovation project on November 4, 2012. Seven months later, a related protest became international news.

Poster announcing a protest against the Taksim Square renovation project on November 4, 2012. Seven months later, a related protest became international news.

Artist's rendition of the rather imposing mosque, named the Taksim Republican Mosque, planned for Taksim Square. In the foreground is the monument to the Republic/Atatürk.

Artist's rendition of the rather imposing mosque, named the Taksim Republican Mosque, planned for Taksim Square. In the foreground is the monument to the Republic/Atatürk.

Map of Taksim Square proposed renovation project. The blue square is the Ottoman barracks. The purple shape represents the location of a proposed mosque. See http://urbanlifesigns.blogspot.com/2013/06/you-may-have-heard-in-news-over-past.html

Map of Taksim Square proposed renovation project. The blue square is the Ottoman barracks. The purple shape represents the location of a proposed mosque. See http://urbanlifesigns.blogspot.com/2013/06/you-may-have-heard-in-news-over-past.html

A member of the Anticapitalist Muslims protesting in Taksim. June 8, 2013. Their website: http://www.antikapitalistmuslumanlar.org/

A member of the Anticapitalist Muslims protesting in Taksim. June 8, 2013. Their website: http://www.antikapitalistmuslumanlar.org/

The controversy over Taksim includes the rebuilding of the Ottoman barracks in Gezi Park as well as a plan for a mosque. The photo shows the latest model of a mosque designed for Taksim Square. In the background in white, near the architects hands, is the monument to the Republic. June 23, 2013 NY Times.

Mosque Dream Seen at Heart of Turkey Protests

The controversy over Taksim includes the rebuilding of the Ottoman barracks in Gezi Park as well as a plan for a mosque. The photo shows the latest model of a mosque designed for Taksim Square. In the background in white, near the architects hands, is the monument to the Republic. June 23, 2013 NY Times.

Red carnations left on the steps of Gezi Park, now occupied by police instead of protestors. The "Carnation Protest" was met by riot police. June 22, 2013.

Red carnations left on the steps of Gezi Park, now occupied by police instead of protestors. The "Carnation Protest" was met by riot police. June 22, 2013.

Photo by Onur Korkmaz. Silhouette of protestors atop the AKM (Atatürk Cultural Center), which is also slated to be replaced by another building as part of the Taksim Square project.

Photo by Onur Korkmaz. Silhouette of protestors atop the AKM (Atatürk Cultural Center), which is also slated to be replaced by another building as part of the Taksim Square project.

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