Also Turkey and Istanbul are very present at the MIPIM this year. One of the “highlights” is the presentation of the giant project of a canal between the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. This “second Bosporus”, one of president Erdogans manic ideas, is a fundamental threat to nature and man.
London since many years is facing unprecedented levels of housing marketisation and commodification. No wonder that local activists took the slogan against the MIPIM 2015 in Cannes when the business planned a Mipim UK in last October. Here broad and loud protests really had some effect and disturbed the opening of the official fair. An improvised alternative conference in a squat was totally overcrowded with people interested in the analysis of financialisation, international linkages and new ways to organize for better housing. But these events of course were only a moment in the development of local struggles.
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