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Tayfun Kahraman is the President of the Chamber of City Planners of Istanbul and works as a specialist on the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s Culture and Heritage Conservation Board for Istanbul. He was also one of the spokespersons for the Taksim Platform that was summoned by the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on June 12th to put forward the case of the occupation.

Whilst the general idea behind such a meeting is dialogue, it has been confirmed that Tayfun Kahraman has been made example of by being sent off to Gaziantep for a month.

Kahraman confirmed the validity of this case on twitter where he said, “My involvement with the chamber is voluntary work. Professionally, I am a civil servant and have been assigned on a one month temporary placement in Gaziantep.”


*Taksim Plotform is the symbolic NGO of the Gezi Movement which gathers under its roof over 120 foundations, chambers, associations and organisations.