06/03/2013 12:16 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

On the Ground With Occupy Gezi

On Sunday, June 2, I interviewed Occupy Wall Street activist and co-founder of the Paul Robeson Freedom School, Justin Wedes, who is on the ground in Turkey for the Occupy Gezi protests. He had been traveling in France to represent OWS at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum, and was about to fly back to New York when he heard about the uprising in Istanbul. Justin reported that the mood was festive despite the violence, and Turkish protester Ali Ozdemir told me how a tiny protest about the development of an urban park turned into a national movement against the "fascist" policies of President Tayyip Erdogan. For on-the-ground insights from Occupy Gezi, watch my interview with Justin and Ali below...