The deadly wave of protests presented Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted government with the most serious challenge to its rule since it came to power more than a decade ago.
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The police presence on the square was much smaller than in previous days and the area was mostly overrun with tourists and commuters resuming their normal routines.
Police “will use all their powers” to end the unrest, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said in a televised interview.
Thousands of campers scrambled as police trampled tents, pulled down banners and broke down barricades in the park,
PM Erdogan made the concession in his first talks with a group of protesters, a move they welcomed as “positive”
A day after meeting with protest leaders and offering to hold a referendum on plans to redevelop Gezi Park, Erdogan resumed his combative stance
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By Nervana Mahmoud For years, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was generally considered an example of “moderate Islamism”, a loose label that was generally based on a comparison with other Islamist dictatorships, like Iran, or with the various semi-secular autocratic regimes that dot the Arab and Muslim world. There was never a comparison with a …
The meeting was held as thousands of striking workers from various unions began demonstrating in major cities nationwide in solidarity with the protesters.
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By Dr Mustafa Ozbilgin The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has launched various urban development projects across Istanbul. These plans lacked prior consultation with public users and key stakeholders. Remarkably, the AKP government planned to build a shopping mall on the site of Gezi Park, the only public green space with many established trees, …
Egypt’s consulate in Istanbul will remain open to provide shelter for citizens affected by protests in the city