The Turkish Protests

It all started as a normal protest in the streets of Istanbul: a group of Turkish citizens showing their discontent towards the destruction of Taksim Gezi Park, in central Istanbul, that was going to be replaced by a new mall. However, this normal protest turned into a violent vague of riots, that has been going on in Istanbul for three days now. After the police clashed with the protesters of the Taksim Park by a general crackdown and the spraying of tear gas, thousands of people have marched to the streets this weekend. More than protesting against the cut down of trees, people seem to be protesting against the Islamist government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in power for one decade now. Indeed, they seem to be rising against a government which is seen as increasingly conservative and authoritarian, that has no problems using tear gas,
water cannons or pepper spray against its population. Not being able to predict until how far these riots will go, we may be witnessing yet another protesting spring or maybe something completely different. Either way, these protests may try to bring down the supposedly democratic Turkish government.


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