Written by Emrah Usta
In the Ottoman Empire, janissary Patrona Halil and his friends, including those displeased with Damat İbrahim Pasha, who served as grand vizier for 12 years, instigated a revolt. While the rioters were plundering İstanbul, they released the prisoners. The rioters who multiplied quickly gathered at the Horse Square in Sultanahmet, when a fatwa issued from an Ulema, stating that it is impermissible to murder the Şeyhülislam (Shaykh al-Islam), forced the rioters to give up their requests. Those who were not pleased with the era of pleasure and debauchery that Damat İbrahim Pasha, who hailed from Nevşehir, had started formed a mass of people, including from political, economical and social circles, in order to take over the Janissary Corps.
The protests in Istanbul which were held five weeks ago are similar in terms of content and method to the rebellious response caused by the spoiled Albanian descent Patrona Halil. The Gezi Parkı incident took a stand in order to find the answer to the question; "How do you hypothecate the power of the national will and a power which was selected?" This new type of generation, which has the will and effort to stage their own form of political representation, doesn't even know how to act on a"political-social" bases. This crowd, which includes different fractions based on repugnancy that are both corrosive and creative, cannot have a constitutive and collective characteristic.