Skip to comments.Turkish police fire tear gas in worst protests for years
Posted on 05/31/2013 2:39:08 PM PDT by dynachrome
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.
Broken glass and rocks were strewn across a main shopping street near Taksim. Primary school children ran crying from the clouds of tear gas while tourists caught by surprise scurried to get back to luxury hotels lining the square.
The unrest reflects growing disquiet at the authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Riot police clashed with tens of thousands of May Day protesters in Istanbul this month. 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
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Or perhaps it’s the Talibanners wanting to revive the Ottoman Empire.
With Reuters you’ll forgive me if I’m not so convinced of their assertion that the people protesting are proponents of moderation. They lost their credibility with me when they posed people as ‘dead bodies’ in Gaza and when they photoshopped smoke into pix of burning buildings.
If Ataturk were alive he would have Erdogan shot for treason.
Hey Edrogan, how is all that Hopey Changey crap working out for you.....?
Trukey will either be the core or a big part of the new “Kali-fate”.....
I read another story that said these people were protesting the rebuilding of an Army barracks from Ottoman times.
These are people protesting the islamicization of Turkey that has happened under the current pm erdogan, who recently banned alcohol sales and moved Turkish airlines stewards to Islamic dresses