Iran Election Guide

Donate to EAWV

Or, click to learn more



Middle East Today: Turkey --- Will the Protests Grow?

Claimed footage of a police van hitting a protester

See also Turkey Special: A 4-Point Guide to the Protests
Saturday's Middle East Today: Turkey --- How Serious Are the Protests?

Turkey: The Scene in Izmir Tonight

Turkey: Clashes This Evening

There are a steady stream of reports tonight of clashes between police and protesters in Ankara and Izmir.

Police earlier used tear gas and water cannon on demonstrators blocking roads in Ankara leading to Prime Minister Erdogan's residence.

Palestine: New Prime Minister Appointed for West Bank

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed academic Rami Hamdullah as Prime Minister of the West Bank.

Hamdullah replaces Salam Fayyad, who resigned in April after weeks of tension with others in the Authority. An English professor and dean of al-Najah University in the West Bank, Hamdullah has no prior political or government experience.

Libya: Call for Self-Governing Region in East

Ahmed Zubair al-Senussi, head of the Cyrenaica Council in the east of the country, has called for a self-governing region.

Al-Senussi has no formal authority under transitional arrangements; however, his council is representative of factions in the east expressing concerns over governance of the country.

The National Assembly in Tripoli said it would form a committee to examine the declaration by Senussi, which included promises to form a Parliament and security force for the region.

Turkey: Clashes in Ankara, Peaceful Demos in Istanbul

Police in Ankara have fired tear gas at protesters, who retaliated with stones and fireworks, blocking roads leading to Prime Minister Erdogan's office.

Thousands of demonstrators have rallied in Istanbul's Taksim Square throughout the day without significant incident.

Medical staff say more than 1,000 people have been injured in Istanbul and several hundred more in Ankara since protests began Friday.

Turkey: Summary of Erdogan's Televised Interview

Back from a Sunday break to find crowds back in Istanbul's Taksim Square and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan defending the Gezi Park project, his Government and himself in a televised interview. He insists:

Those who voted for us already gave us permission for this. Some people come out & say, "Respectable Prime Minister, these [steps] are very provocative. I don't go to the trouble of being provocative.

Nobody can have the power to turn truths, realities upside down.

Trying to divert attention from the environmental impact of razing green space for a shopping mall, Erdogan emphasises that the re-development will have a large cultural centre as well as residences --- "Gezi Park will be a museum of the city."

Talking about police attacks on protesters, Erdogan says, "Yes, there was some excessive use of tear gas," but continues, "What if they [the police] didn't? We saw what happened with protesters burning police cars."

The Prime Minister asks, "Why are you doing this, did we take your democratic and voting rights away?", and then attacks the villain: "There is this trouble called Twitter now. Social media, in my opinion, is the biggest trouble for all societies."

Erdogan insists the events "have nothing to do with trees". Instead, "this is an ideological fight against" him, as municipal elections approach. He repeats that he has a majority of the electorate and says, "The people supporting my party are calling and asking are we going to stay silent?"

He repeats, "You can't say you can meet wherever you want. This bothers the society and disrespects the rest of society."

As for social issues in the protests, Erdogan says of restrictions on alcohol, "I do all of this because I love all of my citizens, I want them to get rid of their bad habits, I want all of their support."

The Prime Minister insists that anyone who drinks alcohol is an alcoholic.

Turkey: Claimed Footage of Police Brutality

Police kicking a protester in Ankara:

Turkey: During and After the Protests

A guitarist in front of riot police (photo: Kemal Aslan):

Istanbul's Taksim Square this morning:

Turkey Summary: Protests on Saturday as Police Pull Back

Following the spark of police violence on Friday, thousands of protesters established themselves not only in Taksim Square --- the focal point of demonstrations --- but also in other areas of Istanbul and in other Turkish cities on Saturday.

The protests began last Tuesday with a sit-in against the re-development of Istanbul's Gezi Park into a shopping mall, but --- amid the police use of tear gas and water cannon, with 79 injuries and almost 1000 arrests --- have expanded into a challenge to the rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Riot police pulled back on Saturday from Taksim Square, but there were clashes in other areas of the city and in the capital Ankara.

Confrontation in the Besiktas area of Istanbul last night:

In a speech on Saturday, Erdogan was defiant, declaring that "illegal organisations [were] provoking naive protesters" and there can be no "safe haven" for demonstrations: "There are games being played....Nobody has the right to protest against the law and democracy."

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

« Iran Analysis: Presidential Election --- A 4-Point Guide to the State of the Race | Main | Iran Feature: Non-News Nuclear Scare Story Of The Day (Reuters) »

References (9)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Response: sac lancel
    Apocalypse College est united nations collège junior sac lancel , seulement enseigner aux élèves des théories nufactured base lancel pas cher et l'étiquette, deux ans après une autre south east précipita gush mériter united nations meilleur endroit gush apprendre, et certains sacs lancel s
  • Response
    Response: abercrombie
    Remy avait l abercrombie 'air abercrombie france étourdi avant promote ce qui s'est passé,or perhaps flottant dans l'air, entouré évoque une myriade d'écrans,abercrombie,or otherwis abercrombie pas cher e transformé durante not fantôme mains touchant les rideaux avant et durante arrière, et après quelqu
  • Response
    Response: lancel
    Event! Event,going to be the so-called extra - large,but take hear lancel pas cher t a resource box was this thing? Waste to do wit sac lancel pas cher h emotion and expression,an all in one false alarm, Yan Yan shook his head. Cloud County's let me give ...
  • Response
    Response: Hollister
    EA WorldView - Home - Middle East Today: Turkey --- Will the Protests Grow?,Tento článek byl napsán přesně Nicméně, pokud chcete vidět související články si můžete prohlédnout informace zde:Hollister,
  • Response
    Response: a forever recovery
    get best info on Domains Snippets anywhere
  • Response
  • Response
    EA WorldView - Home - Middle East Today: Turkey --- Will the Protests Grow?
  • Response
    EA WorldView - Home - Middle East Today: Turkey --- Will the Protests Grow?
  • Response
    㱤楶⁣污獳㴢瑩瑬敟瑯瀢⁳瑹汥㴢灡摤楮 沧州狮城压瓦机设备厂 札扯瑴潭㨠ㅰ砻⁷楤潷猺′㬠瑥硴⵴牡湳景牭㨠湯湥㬠扡捫杲潵湤ⵣ潬潲㨠牧戨㈴ㄬ㈴ㄬ㈴ㄩ㬠瑥硴⵩湤敮琺‰灸㬠浡牧楮㨠ば砻⁰慤摩湧⵬敦琺‶灸㬠汥瑴敲⵳灡捩湧㨠湯牭慬㬠灡摤楮札物杨琺‱灸㬠景湴㨠ㄲ灸⼲㡰砠卩浳畮㬠睨楴攭獰慣攺潲浡氻牰桡湳㨠㈻⁨敩杨琺′㡰砻⁣潬潲㨠牧戨㄰㈬㄰㈬㄰㈩㬠睯牤⵳灡捩湧㨠ば砻⁰慤摩湧⵴潰㨠ㅰ砻‭睥扫楴⵴數琭獩穥ⵡ摪畳琺⁡畴漻‭睥扫楴⵴數琭獴牯步⵷楤瑨㨠ば砢㻥붓跤붍긠⼼獰慮⁣污獳㴢䅰灬攭捯湶敲瑥搭獰慣攢㸦湢獰㬼⽳灡渾㱡⁨牥昽≨瑴瀺⼯睷眮扲祷橸

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>