Monday, June 3
In other news, Beşiktaş has emerged as the main battleground area, perhaps in part because the PM's Istanbul office is located there. Saturday and Sunday nights both saw clashes between protesters and cops there, and apparently more was going on this morning. I've been told that the Akaretler hill leading up from Beşiktaş to Macka is closed off by barricades.
Here is some video that seems to show people manning the barricades there at night. You can see the cobblestones of Spor Caddesi in the clip.
This is supposed to be a week for taking final exams for Turkey's university students. A very large proportion of the protesters are college-aged. Not only did they spend the weekend before finals week getting their heads cracked by the cops, but now....it's summertime. Some college students will no doubt go to the south to work or relax over the summer, but what about the others? Something tells me that the timing of these events right before summer break adds to the possibility that the protests will be ongoing.