NL: What are your thoughts on the current political atmosphere in Turkey?
SS: It is quite difficult to keep up the morale. The recent mass protests have unified us, the people, in a way that we’d never imagined. We saw the fear and panic that our simple and peaceful unity caused within the authorities, the weapon-holders. And the sense of our own power, the power of love, was amazing. But now we have to keep that spirit alive, despite the horrific suppression. We have to keep alive our vision of a land of peace, of freedom, of love. This is a call to the people of the whole world. It’s time for us all to unite in spirit.