Conflict & Justice

Turkish Youth Frustrated at Weak Opposition Parties, Strike Out on Their Own

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A protester sleeps in Gezi park in Istanbul's Taksim square June 13, 2013. Turkey's ruling AK Party on Wednesday ordered protesters to leave Istanbul's central Gezi Park immediately and said it would consider holding a referendum on redevelopment plans which sparked almost two weeks of violent demonstrations. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX10LWZ

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Princeton University's Zeynep Tufekci has spent several days with protestors hunkered down in a tent city in Istanbul's Gezi Park.

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She tells anchor Marco Werman that Turkish youth are tired of trying to work through the country's weak oppositional parties, and are striking out on their own.