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Political Turmoil and Protests in Turkey

By Jones
The shopping and entertainment of the largest city of the Turkey has once again become the scene of clashes between riot police and small groups of demonstrators on Saturday evening, after security forces fired tear gas, water cannons and plastic balls to disperse anti-government protesters.

"Police stopped a friend who was sitting at our table," said Safak Velioglu, the owner of a bar located on an alley in the centre of the district.

Disorders turns into a ritual of weekend this summer in Beyoglu District in Istanbul city centre.

For at least two previous weekends, clouds of tear gas have swirled in the street Istiklal, the main artery of the street pedestrian and shopping area of Istanbul, then that police carrying shields and clubs in the labyrinthine alleys loaded pursuing protesters.

Tensions climbed Saturday night after police began to block access to the centre of Istanbul Gezi Park. The police seemed to prevent people to attend the marriage of two opposition activists in the Park.

This little corner of greenery in the heart of Istanbul is the focal point of the largest anti-Government protest, the Turkey has seen in more than a decade.

In late may, protesters held a small demonstration Occupy Wall Street-Style against the plans of the Government of shaving the Park and replace it with a shopping mall.

For several days, police riot attacked repeatedly the sit-in with pepper, tear gas spray and guns to water.

On 31 May, protesters begin to organize themselves, erecting barricades and attacking the forces of security with stones, bottles and slingshots.

Civil disobedience and mass riots quickly spread to other cities and villages across the country.

Thousands of people have been injured in the clashes. At least one policeman and five demonstrators were killed in disorders.

The security forces succeeded in chasing demonstrators Gezi Park and nearby place Taksim in the centre of Istanbul last month.

Now, municipal authorities have organized nightly rallies in this urban space to celebrate iftar, the meal breaking the fast at sunset during the Muslim holy month of ramadan.

In a square that has been the scene of vicious battles in June, Turkish families gather today for the free food and live music nights.

"The Turkey is peaceful, but it is stretched," warned Mustafa Akyol, a columnist and author of the book "Islam without extremes."

The writer called Park Gezi protested a turning point in the political history of Turkey, who left the country dangerously polarized.

"If the current mindset continues, I fear that the govermment will growingly more intolerant of criticism and protest, and this will make the criticisms and protests even more furious. And we'll get into this vicious circle which is really not good for anyone in the country, said Akyol.

Prime Minister of the Turkey has adopted a hard line against persons linked to the protest movement.

Earlier this week, the police unit Anti-Terror of Istanbul detained at least 30 suspects related to the protests Gezi Park in a series of raids before dawn around Istanbul.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan argued that protests in Turkey are part of a much larger conspiracy to overthrow its democratically elected Government.

"They thought that person responds, that they could do away with the results of the elections and could usurp the rights of the people. "They and the forces behind them were wrong", Erdogan told journalists at an iftar he attended in the Turkish capital, Ankara, this weeks.

The Turkish leader also claimed the recent military coup in Egypt is somehow linked to the protests in Turkey.

"The Egyptian people did not remain silent. They went and I asked: "where is my vote? '' Those who were present at the Gezi Park thought that they represent the totality of the Turkey ", said Erdogan.

Prime Minister of the Turkey is an outspoken critic of the coup d ' état in Cairo, which overthrew the democratically elected Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsy.

Erdogan has repeatedly accused Western Governments of having a double standard when it comes to democracy, for refusing to call the Egyptian reversal, a coup d ' état.

But tolerance of the Turkish leader for any form of public criticism against him seems to be tipped.

He was quoted by the Turkish press and one of its advisors newly appointed denouncing the
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