Protests erupted in Turkey last week, fueled by government plans to redevelop an urban park and build a shopping mall and military barracks, among other things. Protestors gathered in Gezi Park and what started as opposition to redevelopment quickly transformed into widespread protests against the Turkish government.
Didn’t know about any of this? Then you’re one of the people Turkish protestors are trying to reach with a fundraising campaign to publish a full-page ad in The New York Times.
Mere days after the initial protests began, activists Murat Aktihanoglu, Oltac Unsal, and Dugyu Atacan took to Indiegogo and set a fundraising goal of $53,800 in order to get a full-page ad in a major American newspaper.
And with 26 days to do, they have not only met their goal, they exceeded it with over $85,000 raised so far. The creators eventually settled on The New York Times for their ad, and for every step of the project they have invited people to contribute to and vote on the text and graphic design of the ad. The final design is being voted on tonight, and Unsal posted today that they very well may see the ad published in two days.
The creators have also taken to social media, which Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described as “the worst menace to society.” They are also soliciting feedback on Reddit for what they should do with the rest of the money they raise.
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