Turkey protests: Uneasy calm in Istanbul

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June 12, 2013

Turkish anti-government protesters continue to camp at Istanbul’s Gezi Park despite a fierce crackdown by the riot police.

Protest leaders canceled plans Wednesday to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the previous night’s violence in Istanbul’s Taksim Square and Gezi Park showed talks would be fruitless.
Riot police used massive amounts of tear gas, water cannons and stun guns to break up protesters’ large-scale demonstration Tuesday night.

The anti-government protests have now spread across the country. The demonstrators are calling for the resignation of Erdogan.

The unrest began on May 31 after the police broke up a sit-in held at Taksim Square to protest against a proposal to demolish Gezi Park.

Over the next 12 days, tens of thousands of anti-government protesters held demonstrations in 78 cities across the country.

According to the Turkish Human Rights Foundation, four people have died, including a policeman, and about 5,000 people have been injured in the protests.

Erdogan has said there will be no tolerance of people he accuses of ‘seeking to harm Turkey’ but he has been harshly criticized for the way he has handled the crisis, and Amnesty International has also censured the Turkish police for using excessive force against peaceful protesters.

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I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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2 Responses to Turkey protests: Uneasy calm in Istanbul

  1. kruitvat says:

    1) May 23, 2013 – ‘Turkey, US want a deadline on Syria talks in Geneva’
    Turkey and the US want to set a deadline on talks between Syria’s warring parties when they convene at a global conference in Geneva next month to prevent the Syrian regime from using negotiations to gain time for crushing the opposition.

    2) June 8, 2013 – ‘Syrian Opposition to Sit Out Any Talks Unless Arms Are Sent, General Says’
    The Syrian opposition will not attend the proposed Geneva conference on the crisis in Syria unless rebel fighters receive new supplies of arms and ammunition, the top rebel military commander said. “If we don’t receive ammunition and weapons to change the position on the ground, to change the balance on the ground, very frankly I can say we will not go to Geneva,” Gen. Salim Idris said in a telephone interview from his headquarters in northern Syria. “There will be no Geneva.”

  2. kruitvat says:

    As a reminder

    American Press, May 17, 2013:

    President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan presented a joint front against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad even as Obama shies away from deeper U.S. involvement in the conflict, such as sending weapons to the rebels.

    U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan speak at a news conference in Washington about U.S.-Turkey relations and the conflict in Syria.
    The Turkish leader, a key U.S. ally in the Muslim world, said before his trip to Washington that he would press Obama for assertive “further steps” needed to speed Assad’s fall.

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