Turkish government cracks down on protesters, arrests lawyers (Updates)
We stand with the Turkish protesters
We’ve covered the Turkish protests extensively.
To boil it down to basics, its Turks who value the country’s secular political history trying to slow down the steady Islamization of political institutions by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Legal Insurrection readers long have heard of Erdoğan’s dangerous antics and bullying towards Israel.
Overnight there was a massive police crackdown on the protesters, as well as attorneys sympathetic to the protesters.
Erdogan pledges ‘no more tolerance’ for protest amid police crackdown:
Turkey has ‘no more tolerance’ for violent protest, Prime Minister Erdogan told the parliament. He was speaking as police used water cannons and tear gas to take over Taksim Square in Istanbul from anti-government activists.
Erdogan lashed out at the protesters as he was addressing MPs on Tuesday. In his speech he separated the peaceful protesters concerned with the development plans at Gezi Park from those in Taksim Square, who he said are responsible for violent clashes with police forces.
The prime minister blamed the Taksim protesters of injuring security troops, damaging public property, disturbing public order and damaging Turkey’s image among international investors.
Erdogan’s speech came hours after hundreds of police walked into Taksim Square just after dawn and used tear gas and water cannons to fend of protesters attempting to enter it. Police removed protest banners from buildings overlooking the square. The prime minister hailed the move, which he described as tearing down “rags”.
police arrests lawyers in #turkey #occupyistanbul @GSedakilic http://t.co/aByhp3hf6i”
— Ulas Doga Eralp (@UlasDogaEralp) June 11, 2013
This is how lawyers are being detained in Turkey right now #DirenGeziSeninleyiz http://t.co/29LliGh5GI” @BBCBreaking @nytimes @cnnbrk
— Dr. Ece Demir-Lira (@oedemir) June 11, 2013
BREAKING: Turkish police 'attack' protesting lawyers at courthouse, many arrests http://t.co/MLTtqBUDFB #occupygezi #turkey
— RT (@RT_com) June 11, 2013
Young, urban #women: The face of #Turkey's protest movement http://t.co/lffNYe8Zdu #Taksim
— Main Baghi Hoon (@MainBaghiHoon) June 11, 2013
My G-d. Spraying a water cannon on a man in a wheelchair? The protests in #Turkey have hit rock bottom. https://t.co/xa5XAJJtvV
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) June 11, 2013
(above h/t Twitchy)
Tear gas attack on Taksim protesters in Turkey right now #occupygezi #turkey pic.twitter.com/1SPLXKObh9
— Tamara (@_Syriana_) June 11, 2013
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sadly there are few good guys left ..anywhere.
many of the protesters are from the communiist factions.
the Turkish PM is bad news and many of the protesters are as well.
Democracy doesn’t work without the rule of law.
be careful how you listen. be careful what you see. the left/maxists have taken over the education for generations and have subverted language.
do not engage them ….just point out their lies.
“Erdogan pledges ‘no more tolerance’ for protest”
Ah, so what’s been happening up to now is “tolerance”, is it?
Video of how lawyers are being arrested for protesting peacefully within the Public Courthouse
no one said bringing back the caliphate wouldn’t be messy. what were you expecting? … the inquisition?
I’m down with citizens anywhere who are fighting for freedom, and I wish our government would do more to support them, but I have to admit a certain instinctual, visceral pleasure in seeing lawyers hauled off by the police.
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The end of the rule of law does not look pretty. Hope the rest of the EU is paying attention.
Whatever keeps Turkey bogged down internally is probably good news for the region . It wa getting too big for its boots.
One thing about Turkey that amuses me is the fact that those who attend religious schools get immediately deducted 10% off their marks at high school finals. Hence the religious mutters have been kept out of govt jobs & universities.
A lot of people I know have really liked their visits to Turkey & in fact it is often the big surprise of a trip to Europe.
The “Turkish Spring” may have come too late, as Erdogan has had a decade to silence the opposition press, marginalize political opponents, and infiltrate the Army officer corps with like-minded fanatics.
Before he came to power, Turkey was on the verge of qualifying for the EU. The bloom is off the EU rose a bit lately, but it was a huge step for Turkey to gain status and open markets. We don’t hear about that anymore, as Erdogan guides the land of Ataturk back into the Dark Ages.