Jun 012013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

Via zerohedge:

Turkey has been cooking and today has broken into full-scale riots. As Reuters reportsTurkish police fired tear gas and water cannon on Friday at demonstrators in central Istanbul, wounding scores of people and prompting rallies in other cities in the fiercest anti-government protests for years. The growing unrest centers on disquiet at the authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (who just visited Obama). “We do not have a government, we have Tayyip Erdogan … Even AK Party supporters are saying they have lost their mind, they are not listening to us.” The protests somewhat surprisingly were sparked by the uprooting of trees but rapidly escalated (as seen below) into riot police, water cannon, and tear gas battles as protesters exclaim, “we’re fed up… we don’t like the direction the country is heading.”

Via Reuters:

Thousands of demonstrators massed on streets surrounding Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, long a venue for political unrest, while protests erupted in the capital Ankara and the Aegean coastal city of Izmir.

The unrest reflects growing disquiet at the authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

There have also been protests against the government’s stance on the conflict in neighboring Syria, a tightening of restrictions on alcohol sales and warnings against public displays of affection.

“We do not have a government, we have Tayyip Erdogan … Even AK Party supporters are saying they have lost their mind, they are not listening to us,” said Koray Caliskan, a political scientist at Bosphorus University who attended the protest.

“This is the beginning of a summer of discontent.”

The protest at Taksim’s Gezi Park started late on Monday after trees were torn up under a government redevelopment plan but has widened into a broader demonstration against Erdogan’s administration. Friday’s violence erupted after a dawn police raid on demonstrators who had been camped out for days.

“This isn’t just about trees anymore, it’s about all of the pressure we’re under from this government. We’re fed up, we don’t like the direction the country is headed in,” said 18-year-old student Mert Burge, who came to support the protesters after reading on Twitter about the police use of tear gas.

“We will stay here tonight and sleep on the street if we have to,” he said.

But Erdogan brooks little dissent. Hundreds of military officers have been jailed for plotting a coup against him in recent years. Academics, journalists, politicians and others face trial on similar charges.

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“These people will not bow down to you” read one banner at the Gezi Park protest, alongside a cartoon of Erdogan wearing an Ottoman emperor’s turban.

Postings on social media including Twitter, where “Occupy Gezi” – a reference to protests in New York and London last year – was a top-trending hashtag, and Facebook said similar demonstrations were planned for the next few days in other Turkish cities including Ankara, Izmir, Adana and Bursa.

Photos from Turkey:

occupygezipic: State Radio building in Harbiye, near Taksim.

occupygezipic: State Radio building in Harbiye, near Taksim.

Ankarada binlerce kisi protokol yolunu trafige kapatti kizilaya yuruyor

Ankarada binlerce kisi protokol yolunu trafige kapatti kizilaya yuruyor

Masses of people are marching on Istiklal Street calling Prime Minister, T. Erdoğan for resignation. #occupygezipark pic.twitter.com/9fpBO1q0cK

Masses of people are marching on Istiklal Street calling for the resignation of Prime Minister T. Erdoğan. #occupygezipark

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#heryertaksimheryerdirenis#DirenGeziParkı

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ASLI TUNC  Protests on Istiklal Street in Istanbul as of now #occpygezipark #direngezipark

ASLI TUNC
Protests on Istiklal Street in Istanbul as of now #occpygezipark #direngezipark

For those who want too understand what is happening right now in Istanbul with #direngeziparkı #occupygezi

For those who want too understand what is happening right now in Istanbul with #direngeziparkı #occupygezi

#Istanbul

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#violent clashes in Istanbul

#violent clashes in Istanbul

#violent clashes in Istanbul

#violent clashes in Istanbul

the rioting police gassing their own people

The rioting police gassing their own people

Turkish rioting police use chemical weapons on peaceful protesters

Turkish rioting police use chemical weapons on peaceful protesters

a liberal use of water cannons against peaceful protesters courtesy of the rioting police

A liberal use of water cannons against peaceful protesters, courtesy of the rioting police

Rioting police throw tear gas canisters at peaceful protesters

Rioting police throw tear gas canisters at peaceful protesters

Protester helping a man knocked off his feet by a water cannon

Protester helping a man knocked off his feet by a water cannon

Rioting police in Turkey blast hundreds of demonstrators with teargas in attempt to disperse four-day protest against major construction project in Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square

Rioting police in Turkey blast hundreds of demonstrators with teargas in attempt to disperse four-day protest against major construction project in Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square

VIDEOS:

Revolution in Istanbul:

Taksim Gezi Parkı Polis Müdahalesi:

SOLIDARITY TO ISTANBUL!

SOLIDARITY TO ISTANBUL!

Check out and share this webpage for updates on Turkey @ https://www.rebelmouse.com/OccupyGezi/

Go to Occupy World Network News (OWNN) for LIVE coverage of the protests in Turkey @ http://www.livestream.com/occupyworldnewsnow

Follow djvjgrrl on twitter for updates on today’s actions @ https://twitter.com/djvjgrrl

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