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Turkish government cracks down on protesters, arrests lawyers (Updates)

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”.

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General P. Malaise | June 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

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

General P. Malaise | June 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

no one said bringing back the caliphate wouldn’t be messy. what were you expecting? … the inquisition?

Henry Hawkins | June 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

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.

[…] Turkish government cracks down on protesters, arrests lawyers […]

The end of the rule of law does not look pretty. Hope the rest of the EU is paying attention.

BannedbytheGuardian | June 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

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.