The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is maintaining a hardline against protesters, after clearing Gezi Park. The symbol of weeks of protests in Istanbul is empty -- for now.
Protests in favor of preservation of Istanbul's Gezi Park snowballed into a movement of resistance against Prime Minister Erdogan in 2013. The "spirit of Gezi" could play a key role in Turkey's parliamentary elections.
Istanbul is under a security lockdown in anticipation of Labor Day protests. The police have blocked off roads into the city centre and public transport has been closed "to maintain the peace."
The AKP election victory has brought up the question of whether Turkey will slide further down an authoritarian path or correct its course. The country faces deep divisions and a hazardous polarization.
A judge has dismissed the case against more than a dozen activists involved in Turkey's 2013 anti-government demonstrations. The accused were leaders of Taksim Solidarity, originally an environmental group.