It's late evening when I receive a text from someone I was sitting with earlier. "Police are coming, things are starting, watch out, we're running..." In front of me in Taksim Square, riot policemen are assembling alongside the infamous 'TOMA' riot control vehicles. Between them and thousands of heckling protesters, a group of activists are joining hands to form a human chain.
The handcuffs are digging into my wrists. To my left a riot policeman is rough-handling a young detainee who can't stop crying. It's hot, I haven't eaten for hours, and I don't have my press card. Istanbul was supposed to be a stopping point on my way to visit my grandparents. I never thought I'd end up in police custody in front of a man insinuating that I was linked to a deadly bombing.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan has held power for 10 years, during which period his country has experienced unprecedented economic growth and international prestige... Erdoğan has to realize for the sake of Turkey's future is actually the hardest thing for any human being to appreciate - that his own judgment is in danger of being distorted by 10 long years in power.
This is an entirely new beast that is showing where the real democracy lies. It lies in the social media feed - the one we carry with us in our pocket all day long, the one we check on average 14 times a day. Facebook and Twitter have been at the forefront of recent rebellions from Brixton to Egypt, operating as an easy way to mobilise and organise protesters.
The Gezi Park protests may provide a chance to clear the air about this disaffection. The prime minister's Office urgently needs to find better ways of communicating with the public. Most of all the prime minister needs to start rebuilding bridges with sceptics, who want to know that the government is not above listening to their concerns.
People who say that the Gezi resistance is more than defending a couple of trees are absolutely right. But, do not think this is something new. If it were, it would not rage across Turkey so rapidly. There is a 'Gezi Park' in every city. That's why this movement - which started in İstanbul, spread so easily around the republic.
The anti-government protests in Turkey have made one thing clear: Erdogan, the Prime Minister, is not listening to his focus group. As any business owner knows, the thing about focus groups is that you don't always get to choose them. And with new media, you certainly don't get to choose who rates and criticises you in the public sphere.