Istanbul's 2013 Pride march was the biggest in history. Invigorated by the ongoing Gezi Parkı protests, which encompass a variety of diffuse social movements, broad solidarity for and from the LGBT community was on display. Aside from revised echoes of Gezi Parkı chants and slogans marchers held signs in solidarity with the Kurdish population in the Eastern territories. As has been become characteristic of the Gezi Parkı movement, amazing creativity, humor and colorful expression were on display.
"Today’s protests and revolts are sustained by the combination of overlapping demands, and this accounts for their strength: they fight for (‘normal’, parliamentary) democracy against authoritarian regimes; against racism and sexism, especially when directed at immigrants and refugees; against corruption in politics and business (industrial pollution of the environment etc); for the welfare state against neoliberalism; and for new forms of democracy that reach beyond multi-party rituals. They also question the global capitalist system as such and try to keep alive the idea of a society beyond capitalism."
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