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Istanbul’s Art Scene Standing Firm 

Many members of the arts community in Istanbul have been strong
in their support for the Gezi Park protests, but reprisals, sanctioned or
otherwise, are starting to hit both individuals and institutions.

Osman Erden, Turkish art historian and critic, was arrested by police in Istanbul on July 13 when taking part in a protest against police 

abuse of Gezi Park demonstrators and the new legislation restricting the role of the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects. 

Photo by Ahmet Şık. Courtesy Osman Erden. 

On July 13, five days after

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