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    Story of some people making themselves heard. The project to destroy the park (for development into a shopping center I think) has been temporarily suspended.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe...443894367.html

    Quote Turkish authorities have arrested dozens of people protesting in the fiercest anti-government demonstrations the country has witnessed in years, with riot police firing tear gas on demonstrators in Istanbul and Ankara.

    At least 60 people were detained on Friday as they protested in Istanbul at a rally which began over the demolition of a park, but which turned into a broader protest against what they see as an increasingly authoritarian government.

    "The protesters are saying that this is not about trees anymore," said Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh, reporting from Istanbul.

    Several thousand people had attended the Istanbul protest, and there is "an assortment of tear gas cannisters everywhere" in the city's main Taksim Square, she said.

    More than 100 people were injured, some left lying on the ground unconscious, while two people were hospitalised with injuries to the head, an AFP photographer witnessed.

    In the most severe case, a Turkish national of Palestinian origin had to undergo brain surgery after fractures to her skull, but she was doing well in intensive care, according to Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu.

    He said in televised remarks that an investigation was underway and people had been detained for "provoking violence."

    The demonstrators had occupied the Gezi park since May 28 to prevent bulldozers from completing the demolition, part of the government's redevelopment plan for central Taksim Square.

    In a victory for the protesters later on Friday, an Istanbul court ordered the temporary suspension of the project to uproot the trees.

    But the protest spread to the capital Ankara, where about 5,000 people gathered in a park, and with police there firing tear gas to disperse crowds trying to reach the headquarters of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

    The demonstrators, mostly young supporters of the opposition Republican People's Party, had planned to protest against new laws restricting the sale of alcohol and chanted: "Everywhere is resistance, Everywhere is Taksim."
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    people had been detained for "provoking violence."

    Yes the violence of the riot police.. As there is no mention of the protesters doing harm..
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    This seem part of the world gov agenda ... Turkey (the next Syria?)

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    Modern Turkey:

    - NATO's Eastern lap dog
    - Invader and occupier of Cyprus
    - Denier of the Armenian genocide
    - Supporter of terrorism in Syria
    - What is nine dead activists between friends?

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    my brother is retired from the air force , he spent time in turkey, told me they have very strict laws, you can be arrested for spitting on the sidewalk... I cant imagine what they do to protesters behind closed doors ...
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    my brother is retired from the air force , he spent time in turkey, told me they have very strict laws, you can be arrested for spitting on the sidewalk... I cant imagine what they do to protesters behind closed doors ...
    I lived in Istanbul for 4 years. This is ridiculous what you write. The spitting law may exist, I do not know, but I surely never saw nor heard anyone being arrested for spitting. I have had very bad encounters with some people there and very good ones. The people are quite occidental thinking and open, few are very religious, still less fundamentalists. In fact, Turkey is much less fundamentalist than the US Christian belt in Southern US, even if you do not like hearing this, this is exactly what it is.

    Their government does not represent them actually, no more than the US government represents its citizens.

    Tesserac, you are describing their government, not the people. Most of the planet do have much worst to say about USA for example, yet, they often too confound USA government with USA people. Both are quite different.

    I do see some blasting of the unknown here.

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    I have a turkish friend and he told me that at least 2 or 3 people died because of the cops.One of them was ran over by a police riot tank and other was a girl that got head shotted with a tear gas can from what he told me.

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    To clarify: I do mean the government(s) of Turkey. For the sake of brevity I often just say or write the name of a country instead of 'government(s) of...' because I, unreasonably or not, expect people to understand that is what I mean - and of course I wouldn't condemn an entire people, especially not one of which hundreds of their numbers I marched beside after the Marvi Mamara massacre.

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