istanbul, turkeyAPTOPIX-Turkey-Protes_Horopolice-fire-tear-gas-istanbul-protests-turkey-datatumblr_mno92z1coJ1r9jzs2o1_1280Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul2013-05-31T204055Z_1411147085_GM1E9610CX201_RTRMADP_3_TURKEY-PROTESTSTURKEY-POLITICS-DEMO

excerpts from the telegraph’s article today re: turkey.
pics from various places across the ether.

“4. A guide to Turkey’s protesters
The protests have spread to 67 cities, including the capital Ankara. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets. Many of the demonstrators are young, secular, educated men and women. They were largely peaceful.
It is clear that the protests have touched a nerve for Turks across a broad social spectrum.

Demonstrators have also received a lot of support from other sections of society. Many taxi drivers in Istanbul beep their horns in solidarity and older residents, even in some of the poorer parts of the city have come to their front doors, beating posts and pans in support of the demonstrators.

5. Government response to the protests
Police initially cracked down heavily, seemingly hoping to smother the protests. They used teargas and water cannons aggressively, and hundreds of people were wounded. Amnesty International has condemned the crackdowns and claimed that two people have been killed.

Realising that this was only serving to fuel greater dissent, Mr Erdogan admitted the mistake. Clashes have continued in other parts of Istanbul, but security forces have pulled out of the central protest area Taksim Square.”

*click thru the top image for the article itself and the first three of the points…


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