Skip to comments.Istanbul: Violence in Large Protest; Erdogan Defiant
Posted on 06/01/2013 2:18:30 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul have pulled out of Taksim square, where the largest anti-government protests in years are taking place.
Thousands of people are gathered in the square after days of violence sparked by plans to redevelop a nearby park. Police have fired tear gas and water cannon several times to break up the riots, and rioters have thrown rocks at police.
Turkey's President Abdullah Gul has called for common sense to prevail, admitting that the Taksim square protests had reached a worrisome level. He called on all sides to be "mature", urging police to "act in proportion.
The clashes subsided Saturday afternoon, according to CNN, but protests spread to several other cities, including the capital Ankara and the port city of Izmir.
The protesters say the park is one of the few green spaces left in Istanbul, and that the government is ignoring their appeals for it be saved. The protest began as a sit-in in the park, but turned violent Friday as police fired tear gas .
The BBC quotes correspondents who say that what was initially a local issue has spiraled into widespread anti-government unrest and anger over the perceived 'Islamization' of Turkey.
One woman told Agence France-Presse: "They want to turn this country into an Islamist state, they want to impose their vision all the while pretending to respect democracy."
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Did you know there are other sources of news on that internet thingy?
Or are you paid to promote this single source?
“They want to turn this country into an Islamist state, they want to impose their vision all the while pretending to respect democracy.”
Duh. You got what you voted for. We got obozo. The difference grows smaller.
Looking at the pics of protestors, I see a lot of people waving red flags. In a battle between Islamists and Communists, there’s nobody to root for.
Same as Iran.
A Tutkish Spring?
The flag of Turkey is red:
Another image of the protesters:
People are tired of the Islamist telling them how to live their lives...this isn’t a bad thing.
Yes, but when will they come to realize that "Islamist" and "Mulsim" are the same thing. The only way any society can be liberated from the tyranny of "Islamists" is for it to completely repudiate Islam.
Who will they blame for this? Jews? Christians? George Bush?
and what do you think Turks will convert their entire culture and society to? liberal European secularism? the pre-Islamic Turkic and Mongol shaman religions?
All of the above.
Anything would be better than moslemism or islamism.
As communists, these people aspire to become bureaucrats telling everybody else how to live their lives. Both groups hate us. It's really not that different.
We must send over Festivus missionaries, equipped with Seinfeld on DVD. That and a Scientology franchiser. I’m not sure they’re ready for a normal religion.
Some crazy video from there today. The police ran over a protester with an “assault vehicle” and the mob rushed it and possibly pushed it over.
The hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who continue to flood into Turkey must be hurting the country’s economy — a situation that must be provoking at least some of Turkey’s unrest.
But at least it’s only been refugees crossing into Turkey. If it hadn’t been for Israel’s destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons factory, clouds of deadly sarin gas could have joined the Syria-to-Turkey exodus.
Turkey’s prime minister needs to stop worrying about urban parks and join Israel in saving the Middle East from the growing destruction the Syrian civil war is visiting upon it.
They riot over renovating a park,
Yet we can’t seem to pull together a protest over Benghazi, The Constitutional Abuses by the IRS, The DOJ, The EPA, and Obamacare.
What’s wrong with this picture?