A green protest that had begun on May 27th 2013, in the Gezi Park at Taksim Square had grown in waves in response to the brutal police crackdown and transformed in to a country wide resistance movement. All of the streets leading to Taksim Square were barricaded and the park resisted for 16 days. After the park was abandoned due to a brutal police operations on June 14th, the protests did not die down and the resistance continued sporadically. Students protests against a highway planed through the Middle East Technical University campus, protests against the internet laws amended by the government to ensure strict control and oppression, reactions to the corruption allegations including 4 government ministers and their families all became part of the Òsocial resistance and rebellionÓ movement that continued sporadically after Gezi.
Finally, millions of people took to the streets for the funeral of 15 year old Berkin Elvan, who remained comatose for 268 days before losing his battle with death after being hit by a gas canister during the Gezi protests. This 15 days long oasis in Taksim helped the creation of a new social opposition focusing on humanistic values for the millions not properly represented politically.