A quick look at Facebook this morning has me expecting to find the rainbow ruled against the law, any day now.
From Kartal to Kiziltoprak an outbreak of colored stairs occurred this weekend, in response to municipal erasure of such a spot in Beyoğlu.
I have borrowed these photos from online. They show the cat and mouse game being played by the government and those who disagree with it. Very quickly, every iteration of protest becomes illegal in an overnight law. So, the 9 pm pot and pan symphonies have stilled, with neighbors urged to report on each other.
This one is signed by Beşiktaş Çarşi, the support club for the Beşiktaş futbol (soccer) team. They are particularly naughty çapulçular (marauders), so named by the Man. Their paint job is lovely, isn’t it?
Actually, Turkey has a ways to go to match colorful staircases. See these in Lebanon.
Hilly Istanbul has many staircases…imagine the potential for creativity. I’m afraid, however, more gray paint is on order. Here’s why:
Barış (peace) I say.