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Sunday, June 2, 2013

TURKEY | Two days of clashes A war for four trees?

On Friday morning hundreds of youths besieged the central Istanbul's Taksim Square , taken by police responding to discretion. And throughout the morning of Saturday, at least 5,000 protesters still face security agents in the city center. The streets of Istanbul seem war zone .There is a sense that the government has lost control of the situation. Early Saturday morning, the military sent a contingent imporant riot the Besiktas district, three kilometers from Taksim. They cut the streets and fired pepper spray and water pressure against hundreds of Turks who came from the Asian side of Istanbul crossing the bridge over the Bosphorus. The wounded until Saturday because of police brutality in the hundreds.There are at least 80 detainees . Several health professionals have confirmed the death of at least one person. However, the absence of official statements and the refusal even hospitals to issue parts to the media makes it difficult for the press. At noon on Saturday, the Prime Minister Erdogan has appeared on the live screens: "The police are doing their job, and today continue to fulfill its mission.'s true in all parts of the world in which they have raised social movements against the Government ". It's the first statement made ​​by the leader of Turkey in relation to incidents unleashed on Friday morning. The chief of staff also charged against the United States and the European Union. He criticized what he called messages of support to the protesters issued from Washington and Brussels. He promised also investigate any police abuse has been committed during the last hours. In the air, in addition to pepper gas released by agents, floats a question:"How did we come to this?". Turkish police have begun to retreat in the central Taksim Square around midday. Thousands celebrate now this apparent withdrawal of the police following two days of clashes in which protesters erected barricades and police threw paving stones and other sharp objects , and were repelled by water jets and tear gas pressure. The Republican People's Party (CHP), the main opposition, had called on his supporters to go to Taksim and foresaw a massive pressure on the police cordons surrounding the square.

Revolutionary Solidaridd

Thousands of people have broken through police cordons to access Ankara's main square, where they clashed with the police after an act that began in solidarity with the violent protests taking place in Istanbul on Friday. According to Turkish media, the capital police cracked down on protesters, mainly students with tear gas and rubber bullets , which caused dozens injured in central Kızılay Square. Protesters cornered Security forces and took the aforementioned square shouting "Down with fascism", "Shoulder to shoulder against fascism"or "government resigns", the sources added. In addition, about 4,000 students blocked the main avenue leading to the center of the capital and then marched from the headquarters of the Middle East Technical University to the same square, which is banned for demonstrations and public protests since the 80s. One student told Efe by telephone from the scene that the police threw tear gas from a helicopter over the crowd. According to local stations, at least 30 people were hospitalized with injuries and at least one is in serious condition after being run over by armored vehicle.

No shopping center

It all started in the small park Gezi a three-acre wooded area next to Taksim Square, the nerve center of the European side of Istanbul. Here decided to camp a group of activists to prevent the government from cutting down trees to build a shopping center there. "We do not care what they do. Our history refound plans go ahead," he said solemnly Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday morning. By then, the campers to Gezi had suffered an eviction and, consequently, their number had quadrupled. Each eviction more protesters. For loading the Friday morning, which began at five in the morning and lasted uninterruptedly until at least Saturday, thousands of Turks who have joined the 'resistance' just remember the initial reason . Nobody remembers an incident with police violence so great. The wounded are hundreds and, according to unofficial sources, more than 80 detainees. "The trees were a symbol that united us all in a non-political "reasons Gokhan Yilmaz, a young philosophy student who joined the cause on Friday. " It has no specific political color . has exploited people against the government, which for a decade has behaved in an authoritarian manner." Istanbul walls are filled with graffiti with a message : 'Hukumet istifa' (Government resignation). Is a common cry among all protesters and political parties except the ruling. The opposition leader, Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, which organized a rally in the afternoon on Saturday in Istanbul, has demanded the government to withdraw police Taksim. As in other similar public events to which they are witnessing in Istanbul, there is no single political criticism. A cluster of outrage has exploded in the streets of Istanbul and in more than 40 cities. Even voters Tayyip Erdogan party, the Party for Justice and Development (AKP) have criticized the formation in social networks on the Sabbath. Derya Çalik , student of International Relations, puts some examples: "Erdogan constantly relies in majority [his party won in the last election 326 of 550 seats]. Their parliamentary speeches are full of comments starting with 'I love you' or ' we want ', when in fact refers to the desire of their constituents." Protesters also recall recent events such as the recent law that significantly restricts the consumption and sale of alcohol in the street. It was decided just days after declaring his intention to declarethe ayran (yogurt-based drink watery) the 'official drink of Turkey'. Last week, a couple was arrested in Ankara subway star in "improper actions".


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