This post was updated.
Today at 4pm, PM Erdogan is scheduled to meet a delegation of artists, students and academics that purports to represent the Gezi Park protesters. The meeting will take place at AKP Headquarters. Taksim Platform, the group that started the protest more than two weeks ago, said that they had not been notified of such a meeting and that the delegation doesn’t represent protestors across the country. They said they had presented their demands to Deputy PM Bülent Arınç but had received no response.
The names, according to Radikal, were revealed by the PM’s office an hour before the meeting. They are:
Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan (Actor), Betül Tanbay (Mathematician, Taksim Platform representative, but taking part on her own initiative), Hale Çağrıcı (Istanbul Technical University Urban and Regional Planning Dept.), Kutluğ Ataman (Director), Nil Eyüboğlu (Student), Rumeysa Kiger (artist), Selva Gürdoğan (ITU Architectural School), Zehra Öney (social media specialist), Zülfikar Kürüm (publisher), İpek Akpınar (ITU architecture Dept., Taksim Platform), Bülent Peker (AKP member who wrote Erdogan a letter).
Vatan newspaper added several more names to the list and left others off:
Hayko Bağdat (journalist), Hilal Atıcı (Greenpeace), Can Saban (manager), Emel Kurma (Helsinki Citizens Platform), Göksen Şahin (environmentalist, TEMA campaign coordinator), Özgür Demirtaş (Sabanci Univ. Finance head), Tayfun Kahraman (Taksim Platform spokesperson), Turgut Ağabeyoğlu (high school student)
And posts on OccupyGezi predict that PM Erdogan will meet with the actress Hülya Avşar on Thursday.
We’ll see who shows up.
Update: After a five hour meeting between the delegates and the prime minister, the government gave the Gezi Park demonstrators 24 hours to clear out and proposed holding a public referendum on the fate of the park. The delegates, in a press conference, said they hadn’t been asked about a referendum. They said they had asked for the park to stay a park, for the violence (against protesters) to be stopped, and for those responsible to be called to account.
I wonder who did the rest of the talking in those five hours.