Skip to comments.Lawyers rail at police response to Turkey protests ("Lawyers can't be dragged on the ground!")
Posted on 06/12/2013 5:35:48 PM PDT by Fitzy_888
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Thousands of black-robed Turkish lawyers stormed out of their courthouses Wednesday, shouting about the rough treatment police dished out to their colleagues amid Turkey's biggest anti-government protests in years.
The rallies by clapping, chanting jurists added a new twist to the nearly two weeks of protests that started in Istanbul and spread to dozens of other Turkish cities. The protests have shaped up as the biggest test yet in the 10-year rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic-rooted government.
Police and protesters mostly retrenched Wednesday after fierce overnight clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square a hiatus before Erdogan was to host talks with some protesters later in the day.
Police move in to clear protesters from Taksim Square on June 11. Two operations took place, at about 7:30 a.m. and 8:20 p.m. local time.This verified video was uploaded to YouTube by Yavuz Meyveci.
Protesters say the prime minister is becoming increasingly authoritarian and is trying to force his deep religious views on all Turks, a charge that Erdogan and his allies strongly deny.
In Ankara and Istanbul, thousands of lawyers railed against the alleged rough treatment of dozens of their colleagues, who police briefly detained in Istanbul on the sidelines of Tuesday's unrest.
Sema Aksoy, the deputy head of the Ankara lawyer's association, said the lawyers were handcuffed and pulled over the ground. She called the police action an affront to Turkey's judicial system.
"Lawyers can't be dragged on the ground!" the demonstrating lawyers shouted in rhythm as they marched out of an Istanbul courthouse. Riot police stood off to the side, shields at the ready.
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Virtually no Turkish media seems to be reporting
on this very large lawyers demonstration at Caglayan today:
Turkey’s state TV regulation body fines TVs that covered the protests in details.
Thousands of lawyers met at the palace of justice
in solidarity with more than 80 colleagues taken into custody yesterday
A lot of angry lawyers:
they can too but only face down
the Ground objects, your honor!
Must have some special rhythm in Turkish, cause as a generic chant, it SUCKS.
Also I say we try it wit OWS scum and see if the chant is true...
Well, of COURSE they can't, they wriggle too much and you can't get a grip.
Next time, duct tape them together first.
Honestly, must I think of everything?
They’ve seen nothing yet.
Just wait till the crusifixions start.
Forgive my ignorance, but in a few sentences, could someone please summarize what is happening in Turkey?
Actually, this is good news. Turkey was a relatively secular state under the Generals, with the Muslims under control. Then when the Generals let Recep Tayyip Erdogan stay in power, it gradually went over to Muslim control.
I thought that shift was probably permanent, because Muzzies tend to keep control once they get it. But maybe there’s still a bit of the former Turkey left.
This is something like the protests against the Muslims who took over Iran. Let’s hope for a better outcome. But we can be sure that Obama certainly won’t help, just as he kept silent during the Iranian protests.
Actually, after Erdogan jailed most of the honest reporters he went after the Admirals and Generals and jailed them as well. Now that the TGS (Turkish General Staff) has been emasculated and the Supreme Court has been filled with sycophants, the little tyrant has the feeling he’s invincible.
Thanks Fitzy_888. Additional news about Occupy Ankara:
Turkish government open to referendum to end protests
Erdogan meets with protest representatives; nationwide vote on development plan possible way out of crisis
[snip] But on a more defiant note, Justice and Development Party spokesman Huseyin Celik also said the government would not allow the ongoing sit-in in Gezi Park, next to the square, to continue “until doomsday” — a sign that authorities’ patience is running out. [/snip]
Death toll in Turkey protests rises to 5
What’s happening under Erdogan (Obama’s good buddy) some have called creeping Islamization. Restricting alcohol, renaming bridges for Sultans of the Ottoman era, rebuilding an Ottoman era barracks, etc.
This isn’t able saving trees in a park, but that was the flash point.
Make: “able” => “about”