The Left in Turkey: A Fragmented History Franco-Turkish Paper, No. 11, July 2014
The Gezi protest movement gripped Turkey throughout the summer of 2013 and reignited observers’ interest in Turkey’s left-wing activist groups, which participated in the protests.
A review of the history of this complex and fragmented political movement will serve to highlight the points of continuity and the points of rupture, both individual and collective, which can be observed, as well as shedding light on the emergence of the Left in Turkey and the difficulty it has experienced in organizing itself due to repression and its own internal divisions. It is a situation that has persisted over the many elections that punctuate Turkish political life.