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Turkey: Thousands of protestors, police clash in fierce demos

Anti-Erdogan rallies sweep country in fiercest demos in years as protestors bash leader’s Islamic policies; ‘This will be a summer of discontent,’ says protestor

Turkish 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.

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.

העימותים באיסטנבול. יידו אבנים והבעירו פחים (צילום: AFP)

Clashes in Istanbul (Photo: AFP)
גם ילדים ותיירים נפגעו מהגז המדמיע (צילום: AFP)

Tear gas (Photo: AFP)

תותחי המים של המשטרה מול הדגל הטורקי של המפגינים (צילום: EPA)

Police water cannons against protestors (Photo: EPA)

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.

“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.”

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2 Responses

  1. I have no hope that these ‘secular’ Turks will achieve anything. Erdogan’s bus has left the station, and when he gets off, millions and millions of primitive, radical headbangers will get off with him. The not so Islamic Turks in Istanbul and in the tourist centres are trying to turn the tide back, but its too little, too late. The army has already been purged (same in the U.S.) the police is very Islamic already, and so are Erdogan’s henchmen who control parliament.

    When it comes to the crunch, the ‘secular’ Turks are also Muslims, and they come with all the traits and trimmings of the Muselmanic supremacists.

    They will submit.

    1. The Sheik is usually spot on in his analysis,……and so it comes as no surprise that he’s on target about the recent/on going demos against Erdogan. As in Egypt, the sharia/jihad supporters far outnumber the ones calling for a normal society. The tipping point has long since arrived, and the tards can mount an even greater amount of feet on the street to silence them. The Sheik is right,

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