Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sao Paulo and Istanbul: a visitor’s guide to the coming social mobilization

Sao Paulo and Istanbul: a visitor’s guide to the coming social mobilization:
Today, the Turkish press opened with the news of the final clearing of Gezi park, after a night of pitched urban battles. The world comments while the mobilizations in Sao Paulo grow in intensity. This time, the press doesn’t insist on putting the focus on technology, distributed social communication, and how they have transformed social mobilizations. It seems that now, twelve years after their first warnings, that’s assumed. And the use of drones by the protesters in Istanbul played an major role, because, as we’ll see, it will surely be more symbolically important than it now seems.
Key points

  1. The starting point and point of conflict with power is in the closest urban policies. The political map of globalization is a map of cities, not territories.

  2. The demands are concrete and clear, and could, in fact, be satisfied by a local administration, but they summarize a much broader social situation — they describe a way of life and a relationship with work and training.

  3. When the debate is expanded by the very repercussions of the demonstrations, it turns toward the authoritarian development of the nation-state in broad terms (control systems, “moralizing” laws, etc.), and only in the framework of the inevitable street repression of the mobilizations, does it become significant and receive widespread disapproval.
Futher discussion?
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