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Protests in Turkey go into their ninth day. Last week Turkish police began firing tear gas and water cannons at people protesting plans to convert Istanbul's main park into a shopping mall, igniting furious rallies that turned into an anti-government movement that spread nationwide.

http://rt.com/on-air/turkey-protest-istanbul-park/


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WATCH LIVE: Tens of thousands of protesters on #Taksim square http://on.rt.com/sye9bi  #occupygezi

Irina Galushko ‏@IrinaGalushkoRT  45m 
I'm thinking its more than 100K people at #taksim right now; the biggest crowd since a week ago #occupyistanbul #occupygezi
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“We are Clark Kent in the morning and Superman in the evening” Inside Occupy Gezi
06 June 13 - By Oliver Franklin



At first it was only about trees. What has quickly become known as Occupy Gezi began on 28 May, when protesters took to the historic Gezi Park in Taksim Square in central Istanbul. They were protesting government plans to dig up the park in order to build a reconstruction of the Ottoman-era Halil Pasa artillery barracks, which would house a shopping centre. In response, police used tear gas and water cannons to clear the protesters. The next day, thousands of protesters swarmed the square in protest. Now, ten days later, thousands of Turks are taking to the streets day and night in cities across the country in protest against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development party, AKP.

All the security cameras on the streets are shut down across the demonstrations areas and there is very limited or no internet access.

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Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey - May 31st 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvUktDH-OBM


Protests And Police Lines In Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey - May 31st 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSKJyB05mf8


Protests In Istiklal Avenue, Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey - May 31st 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRIJsuWi1Qw
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GaryKraissJr Gary Kraiss, Jr.  5h 

Turkey leadership is calling these peaceful protestors @WhiteHouse terrorists. #tcot #occupygezi pic.twitter.com/P5hQmCkMe2

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Police move into Taksim Square

Hundreds of police have moved past barricades into Turkey's Taksim Square which has been occupied by protesters, the Associated Press reports.

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http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-06-01/clashes-after-turkey-protests/
http://www.itv.com/news/2013-06-05/eyewitnesses-reveal-horror-and-hope-after-turkish-protests-turn-brutal/
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Protestors getting tear gased en' masse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1-VUiWzu8M

Lawyers rail at police response to Turkey protests
http://news.yahoo.com/lawyers-rail-police-response-turkey-protests-131326531.html

Calm for now in Turkey protests as both sides talk
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/06/12/turkey-protests/2414101/

Turkey's prime minister meets with public figures in bid to diffuse protests
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/06/12/hundreds-police-move-past-barricades-in-istanbul-taskin-square/

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Erdoğan's chilling warning: 'these protests will be over in 24 hours'
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2013, 03:59:24 PM »
Erdoğan's chilling warning: 'these protests will be over in 24 hours'
'We have not responded to punches with punches.
From now on security forces will respond differently,' Turkish PM says


Constanze Letsch in Istanbul and Ian Traynor in Brussels
The Guardian, Wednesday 12 June 2013 15.36 EDT

Turkey's prime minister defied a growing wave of international criticism on Wednesday and issued a chilling warning to the protesters who have captured central Istanbul for a fortnight, declaring that the demonstrations against his rule would be over within 24 hours.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ultimatum, which he said was conveyed to his police chief and interior minister, ratcheted up the tension in Turkey after a relatively calm day following the mass teargas attacks by riot police in Istanbul city centre on Tuesday evening.

"We have not responded to punches with punches. From now on security forces will respond differently," Erdoğan said after meeting a team said to be representing the protesters for the first time. "This issue will be over in 24 hours."

The sense of a looming denouement at Gezi Park off Taksim Square in central Istanbul was reinforced when a deputy leader of Erdoğan's ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) said the park had to be cleared of demonstrators as soon as possible.

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  I would bet that this leader IS WRONG.
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^^^ Yeah this likely to be a far more drawn-out affair.


Protest leaders bail out of talks with Turkish leader after day of clashes
Jun 12, 2013 - By Ben Brumfield and Gul Tuysuz

ISTANBUL (CNN) -- A night of tear gas and water cannons was too much for protest leaders set to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday. Most have bailed out of the talks, a protest leader said.

After Tuesday's violence, negotiations are fruitless, according to protest leader Eyup Muhcu.

Those attending the meeting at the prime minister's office in Ankara are friendly with his government, Muhcu said.

Wednesday started off quietly, with rain blanketing the ruins of days of rowdy protests, but it may only be a brief respite.

Protesters have faced off with police on the streets of Istanbul for two weeks, breathed in tear gas, braved water cannons and hoped their downtown protest park is not overtaken.

What began in late May as a demonstration focused on the environment -- opposition to a plan to build a mall in Istanbul's Gezi Park -- has evolved into a crusade against Erdogan that's spread around the country.

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^^^ Yeah this likely to be a far more drawn-out affair.


Protest leaders bail out of talks with Turkish leader after day of clashes
Jun 12, 2013 - By Ben Brumfield and Gul Tuysuz

ISTANBUL (CNN) -- A night of tear gas and water cannons was too much for protest leaders set to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday. Most have bailed out of the talks, a protest leader said.

After Tuesday's violence, negotiations are fruitless, according to protest leader Eyup Muhcu.

Those attending the meeting at the prime minister's office in Ankara are friendly with his government, Muhcu said.

Wednesday started off quietly, with rain blanketing the ruins of days of rowdy protests, but it may only be a brief respite.

Protesters have faced off with police on the streets of Istanbul for two weeks, breathed in tear gas, braved water cannons and hoped their downtown protest park is not overtaken.

What began in late May as a demonstration focused on the environment -- opposition to a plan to build a mall in Istanbul's Gezi Park -- has evolved into a crusade against Erdogan that's spread around the country.

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  I could see this type of protests happening in the USA but it's going to take a major crisis (such as the economy collapsing) before the sheep are drawn away from their televisions.
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The awakening is already well underway, but you're right, most of the ham-fisted NWO ops end up waking up lots of people to the existance of the NWO first and foremost. 

When Occupy, the fake Tea Party (the reals one's already know) and anyone else asking questions direct their protests and resistance toward the real puppeteers, things will happen too fast for any control grid or propagandists to manage, and no TV show will compare to either the drama or the triumph of that deprogramming; of that return to reality; of that return to God.
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The Battle of Taksim
11th of June 2013



Despite being blasted with water cannons and tear gas, Turkish protesters in Taksim Square are still refusing to back down.
http://dprogram.net/2013/06/12/the-battle-of-taksim-11th-of-june-2013/
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/20/turkey-divided-erdogan-protests-crackdown

Protesters in Taksim Square as the anti-government demonstrations entered their 10th day. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Getty

Turkey divided more than ever by Erdoğan's Gezi Park crackdown
Authoritarian response to mass protests has left the once all-powerful prime minister weakened at home and abroad

Ian Traynor and Constanze Letsch in Istanbul
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 20 June 2013 14.39 EDT   

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Throughout June, hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life have taken to the streets, giving birth to a new media-savvy social movement, while also triggering a formidable and ferocious reaction from Erdoğan himself, whose party also mobilised hundreds of thousands at a string of rallies to demonstrate bedrock support for the prime minister.

Less than 24 hours after ordering the brutal eviction by riot police of the Gezi Park protesters last weekend, a couple of miles away by the Sea of Marmara, Erdoğan performed for two hours in front of some 300,000 supporters who idolise the prime minister, delivering an aggressive tour de force.
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Human rights groups are worried that the government clampdown will turn into an indiscriminate witch-hunt.

Amnesty International's Andrew Gardner, Turkey researcher for Amnesty International, said: "His rhetoric from the start has been negative and inflammatory, provocative. But his speeches have increasingly turned not only against protesters but also against people who defend the rights of protesters."
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On Tuesday of last week, in a move that one lawyer described as "unlawful from beginning to end", 44 lawyers were briefly detained after publicly reading a press statement in support of the Gezi Park demonstrations in the main Istanbul courthouse.

Over the past two weeks, several journalists have also been detained, along with a doctor and two nurses who had been working in a makeshift health clinic near Taksim Square.

There have also been reports of journalists trying to cover the unrest being beaten by police, while some said officers forced them to delete footage from their cameras. Medics were reportedly attacked by the police as they were trying to treat injured protesters.

"They shot six rounds of tear gas at our clearly marked field hospital," said one paramedic. "They aimed directly at us. If that's not an attempt to hinder our work, I really don't know what is."
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Undeterred by violence or the threat of arrests, protesters have found ways of circumventing heavy-handed government crackdowns, countering police brutality and state force with peaceful, creative ways of protesting, such as the now-ubiquitous "standing people" all over Turkey, satire and their own independent media.


'Erdem Gunduz’s protest was both an affront and a question for the authorities: beat him? Why? He’s just standing there. Leave him alone? Then he wins, doesn’t he?' Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA
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Rather, the protesters are rebelling against traditional Turkish paternalism, the prime minister's preaching about lifestyle choices (ranging from abortion rights to dietary choices of which bread to eat and how much salt to add to one's food). His attempts to personally micro-manage the proposed demolition of one inner-city Istanbul park to make way for yet another shopping centre was merely the spark that lit the fire of protest.

"How can a whole society become a prisoner of the will of one person, of one person's mood?" said Insel. "We want to be heard. We want to be respected. It's a cultural and a libertarian struggle."

He describes Turkey as a "random democracy" where rights, liberties, and choices can frequently depend on the whim of the most powerful man in the country.
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Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  I would bet that this leader IS WRONG.

  One of my predictions came true.  The other one didn't----I picked the Spurs in 6 games.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/20/turkey-divided-erdogan-protests-crackdown


He describes Turkey as a "random democracy" where rights, liberties, and choices can frequently depend on the whim of the most powerful man in the country.
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  We in America are getting to this point.  We have fiat money to give to the people so 50,000,000 Americans can buy food or we would also be in the streets.
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Germany-Turkey diplomatic row erupts over EU bid
21 June 2013


Angela Merkel says the EU should offer Turkey a close partnership, but not membership

Germany has summoned the Turkish ambassador in a row over Turkey's bid for membership of the European Union.

Turkey's EU Minister, Egemen Bagis, has accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of using the Turkey issue in her campaign for re-election.

Berlin earlier blocked a plan to resume EU-Turkey negotiations next week.

On Monday, Mrs Merkel sharply criticised Turkey's crackdown on recent anti-government protests, saying the police action was "much too harsh".

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New wave of peaceful protests in Turkey
20 June 2013

Turkey is seeing a new wave of protests after the authorities evicted demonstrators from Gezi Park.

Unrest began in late May as a small sit-in over the planned demolition of the park but spiralled into far wider anti-government protests after a police crackdown.

For now the gatherings are peaceful, taking place every evening in parks across Istanbul and elsewhere.

Katya Adler reports.

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Admire the Turkish spirit.

Was in Istanbul once and I can say from my own experience they're still real human beings.

Was walking on a market when I suddenly feel the bumper of a car at the back of my knee.

Made so mad that I made a theatrical fall backwards half turning right on the hood of the car planting my elbow into it.

That hood didn't look pretty anymore which infuriated the car owner of course. But he deserved that.

We get in sort of a fight when people around us took us apart and send us in different directions.

So, the situation was defused by ordinary people on the street and I was very thankful for that.

We should learn from them.
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^^^ Good story.  Alot of Turkish people seems to be really good people.

They've been protesting Erdogen's support of the Syrian insurgency off and on since the first false flags with FSA mortars firing NATO rounds into a Turkish village.

By the reports many Turks rightly view Syria as a sibling nation and they resent their time and taxes being misused to harm their sibling.

Turks protest Erdogan’s policy on Syria - Dec 23, 2012
http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/12/23/279642/turks-protest-erdogans-syria-policy/

Turkish Unions protest against Erdogan’s policies on Syria - October 21, 2012
http://altahrir.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/turkish-unions-protest-against-erdogans-policies-on-syria/

Syria - Thousands of Turks protested in Turkey against Warmonger Erdogan 05-10-2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CREchGTNo0w
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Re: Live Coverage of Turkish People Protesting into the Ninth Day - 10K+ Gathered
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MY APPEAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Admiral Türker Ertürk  (Retired)
Former Superintendent, Turkish Naval Academy

Someone whom I respect and admire very much—a senior friend of mine—has asked me to write this letter to you, the American People. He is a businessman who has done business with you for years in the past and is still full of positive energy and appreciation for what and who you are. He has asked me to inform you by sharing with you the facts that the Obama Administration’s policy for Turkey and the Middle East are totally misdirected. Obama’s policy will send future generations into chaos and confusion and will cause our children to consider each other as enemies.

He is right, simply because the leaders and the administrators are here only temporarily but the people remain forever. Yes, he is right, but why me? Why should I be the one who would issue this message? How many Americans would read me or even know me? He answered: “I do know that the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey reads your articles.”

He might have been right. A while ago, one of the owners of the internet news portal where my articles appear called to tell me that it has been only four hours since we have posted your article but we have received a tremendous amount of clicking until now. Most of them are from Europe, the Gulf Countries, Iran, and Syria and, interestingly enough, two clicks from the Pentagon!

Perhaps your politicians, your military leaders and your intelligence units have been reading and following writers like me who post articles which criticize and analyze your country’s foreign policy. But I am afraid that you, the American people, are unaware of the things happening in Turkey and the Middle East.

Currently the Obama Administration is, for the sake of short-term benefits, endangering your long-term future benefits regarding the security of future generations of Americans, your universal values, your principles of democracy and human rights, all the foundational ideals of the American people so solidly written into your Constitution.

Your Ambassador in Ankara, Mr. Francis Ricciardone, by visiting sensitive geographical areas of Turkey and playing with the sensitivities and sensibilities of the people living in these regions, is attempting to trigger a civil war.

As you may have followed in your local press, the recent uprising in Istanbul which started as an environmental issue has quickly changed into a country-wide revolution against the current Turkish Government and its political party, the AKP, due to the brutal and excessive force used by the police. The issue is now well beyond “the cutting down of the trees” and “reconstructing a replica of an old, historical Army Barracks” which in the past was the symbol of religious fundamentalism.

The underlying reason for the current uprising in Turkey is the activities and decisions over the last 11 years of the Erdogan government and its political entity, the AKP Party. But the Turkish people know that the U.S. government brought Erdogan and the AKP Party to power and has supported 75% of their activities and projects. This remains the reason for the current revolt.
 
Do you know that the dimension of the current anti-US government feelings in Turkey is at the highest level now in the entire history of Turkish–American relations? In the past, only the socialists and political Islamists led anti-American activities and slogan-shouting. Now it is nationwide.

Erdogan and his government are trying to wipe out in Turkey the ideals, symbolism and modern reforms of Ataturk. I do not know how much you know about Ataturk but he is the leader who brought Turkey into the modern age, enabling renaissance and enlightenment periods to develop in Turkey which the West had produced so painstakingly in its past. He is, for us, akin to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, combined. Without those reforms, Turkey would have remained in the Middle Ages.

Do you know that the Obama administration together with Erdogan and some backward Gulf states are exporting terrorism to Syria, Turkey's southern neighbor? Are you aware that al-Qaeda-related murderers in Syria are supported by the American administration and are cutting and eating the hearts and livers of still-living people?

Do they tell you that, as in the Anthony Hopkins film, The Silence of Lambs, written by Mr. Thomas Harris, hundreds of human flesh-eating Hannibal Lecter characters have been created by the U.S. policies in Syria?

Do you know that the CIA is behind the operations in Turkey called Ergenekon and Balyoz, created to allow the Erdogan government to make regime changes in Turkey? Do you know that because of this, prominent and modern-thinking leaders from universities, politics, the military and media have been thrown into jails? There is no longer law or justice in Turkey. Since I have my roots in  the military as a retired admiral, I know for sure that all the members of the Turkish Armed Forces, from the enlisted men to the top generals, hate the United States because of its support of Erdogan. This is the result of the U.S. administration’s short sighted leaders' inability to see the future.

Do you know that Erdogan and the AKP government, who are backed by the U.S. administration, made recent education policy changes called 4+4+4 that take the Turkish educational system back to the darkness of the middle ages? The best thing that will ever come from this educational system will be the fundamentalist suicide bombers. If tomorrow, somewhere in the world, you lose your children or grandchildren with the bombs exploded in the name of religion, wouldn't your consciences be pained for your government's support of those bombers?

I personally have grown up in the secular educational system which has been part and parcel of the Turkish Revolution, established and led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk after the Independence War of 1923. I have no prejudice against any religion, race, nationality or religious sect.

I was in London last month for a conference. At a dinner given after the conference, a lady seated across the table from me, told me that she was Jewish. She had moved to England from Turkey 30 years ago and had come to this conference to listen to me. During my talk at the conference earlier that evening, I had mentioned about some not-so-friendly politics followed by the Israeli government against Turkey. I repeated my thoughts to her again so that they would not be incorrectly understood. My consideration of Israeli policies as a threat to Turkey depends totally on the policies advanced and applied by the Israeli government and is entirely related to current realities. In other words, I am not anti-Semitic. However, I explained to her with documentary evidence that the current Erdogan government was in fact anti-Semitic at heart. But it did not mind allying with the Israeli government in joint operations in the neighborhood, in following up their policies of worshiping power and disguising themselves as otherwise until they attain their purposes.

Dear American People, as I conclude my appeal to you, in all honesty, I wish you to know that the Obama administration’s policies are the root cause of the enmity between the American and Turkish peoples. It remains a threat to regional and world peace. Last Sunday, I noticed a hand-held sign during the demonstration in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. It read “Obama Supports Terrorism.” It is actually very true! Regrettably, the US government, for the sake of short term gains all over the world including in Turkey, supports terrorism. I happen to think that democracy is not this, or better put, this is not democracy!

Long live the friendship and brotherhood of the peoples of the United States of America and Turkey!
Long live World Peace!

Respectfully submitted,

Admiral Türker Ertürk, (Retired)
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