Current Event Cat of the Day: Turkey’s Erdogan

Current Event Cats - Protests in Turkey Erdogan

The trouble in Turkey continues – moving from tree-huggers trying to save a park to a large-scale rebellion against around Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan’s rule. That escalated quickly…

The demonstration, which started as a peaceful protest over the government’s decision to turn Gezi park into a shopping complex, has now created nationwide unrest, spreading to over 60 cities across Turkey.

Protesters say the Turkish government is becoming increasingly authoritarian, accusing the ruling AK Party of trying to impose conservative Islamic values on the officially secular country.

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has decided to play dumb, arguing that four days of anti-government protests do not constitute a Turkish Spring and the protests were organised by extremists. He accused the opposition of provoking “his citizens”:

 “There are those attending these events organised by extremists. This is not about Gezi Park anymore. These are organized events with affiliations both within Turkey and abroad.”

“The main opposition party CHP has provoked my innocent citizens. Those who make news [and] call these events the Turkish Spring do not know Turkey.”

But just to be safe, Erdogan sealed off the streets around his office and ordered police to fire tear gas into any approaching crowds.

Via: Current Event Cats & BBC News

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