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Turkish riot police clear Istanbul square
« on: June 11, 2013, 10:13:04 PM »
Via al Jazeera: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/06/201361122543931434.html

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Riot police using tear gas and water cannon have removed protesters from Istanbul's Taksim Square, reoccupying the heart of Turkey's biggest city, just hours after Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, demanded an immediate end to 10 days of demonstrations.

Coinciding with the crackdown in Istanbul, riot police clashed with protesters in Kizilay, the government quarter of the capital, Ankara, firing tear gas. The police intervention on Tuesday night came as up to 5,000 people took to the streets in Ankara's business district chanting: "Government, resign!"

Earlier, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, Istanbul's governor, appeared on television declaring that police operations would continue day and night until Taksim Square - focus of the ongoing demonstrations against Erdogan - was cleared.

Police fired volleys of tear-gas canisters into a crowd of thousands - people in office clothes as well as youths in masks who had fought skirmishes throughout the day - scattering them into side streets and nearby hotels.
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Water cannon swept across the square targeting stone-throwers in masks.

The protesters, who accuse Erdogan of overreaching his authority after 10 years in power and three election victories, filled the steep narrow lanes that lead down to the Bosphorus waterway that divides Istanbul into Asian and European quarters.

More at link, including video report.
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Re: Turkish riot police clear Istanbul square
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2013, 10:22:38 PM »
How sad.

I've always wanted to go to the historic city of Constantinople and see the Haggia Sophia.  But I will not go with this Muslim rabble in charge. 

It's a real shame to see Turkey going down the same road as Egypt.   Tourism dies in these Muslim countries.
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Re: Turkish riot police clear Istanbul square
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2013, 10:30:19 PM »
How sad.

I've always wanted to go to the historic city of Constantinople and see the Haggia Sophia.  But I will not go with this Muslim rabble in charge. 

It's a real shame to see Turkey going down the same road as Egypt.   Tourism dies in these Muslim countries.

It is well worth the trip. One of the most beautiful things I have seen. Pity that fewer and fewer people will get to see it.
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Re: Turkish riot police clear Istanbul square
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