Turkish physicians and other health professionals who started administering treatment to protesters at Istanbul’s Gezi Park became the target of repression this week as the Health Ministry forbade them to do their jobs.
Although Turkey’s government has been criticized for harsh tactics dealing with the demonstrators who have occupied central Istanbul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed Wednesday, “We have not responded to punches with punches.”
As Turkey’s deputy prime minister apologized for the aggression against anti-government protesters, a video that appears to show Turkish police breaking windows and gassing a home was uploaded to CNN’s iReport website.
On Sunday night into Monday morning in Turkey, clashes again broke out between demonstrators and police in a number of cities, and an attempt was made to set the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters on fire with Molotov cocktails in the Mediterranean port of Izmir.
Two days of violent encounters between Turkish police and demonstrators turned to three Sunday. Thousands of protesters kept control of Istanbul’s main square as the country’s prime minister vowed to move forward with the controversial development plan that provoked the clashes.
Orange gas slowly filling the streets, people getting blasted with water cannons and nearly run over by security trucks, shoving matches between cops and protesters; these are some of the scenes coming out of the ongoing anti-government protests in Turkey.
Since France took the bold step this week of making it a criminal act to deny that Ottoman Turks committed genocide in Armenia nearly a century ago, Turkey has countered with similar accusations, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan even added a personal touch about French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s own past.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s list of international supporters is dwindling, and he can strike another off the list now that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined the chorus calling for Assad’s resignation. In a strongly worded statement, Erdogan invoked some striking figures from ... (more)
Turkish police made a successful foray into the hacking community Monday with the arrests of 32 suspected local members of Anonymous after the group’s attack on a government telecommunications website Thursday.
Turkey is no Libya or Syria in terms of repression, but the country has a few million disgruntled Kurds who would like more autonomy. One Kurdish political leader is threatening civil disobedience ... (more)