Via Sky News:
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rallied thousands of his supporters in Istanbul, just hours after a crackdown on anti-government protesters in Taksim Square.
The rally came as riot police continued to fire tear gas and jets of water at pockets of demonstrators determined to regroup after being evicted from Gezi Park.
Some six miles away from Taksim Square, buses unloaded loyal supporters of Mr Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) for an election rally billed as a show of strength.
“May the hands that touch the police be broken … the people are here, where are the looters?” the supporters chanted.
— siddiq (@turbomatrix) June 16, 2013
By contrast, opponents of Erdogan camped out in Gezi Park were beaten and gassed overnight, and journalists trying to cover the story arrested. Hotels which allowed protesters to take refuge were gassed. See yesterday’s posts, Live stream: Turkish police renew assault on Gezi Park protesters which still has live video and Twitter feeds, and Turkey’s ‘Tiananmen Square’ moment?
Via The Independent:
The show of force by supporters of Recep Tayyip Erdogan came as police launched a violent crackdown on protesters opposed the government in another part of the city, using tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.
The renewed unrest began overnight when police moved in forcibly to clear the camp at Gezi Park in Istanbul which has been the focus of anti-government protests. Within hours, large crowds took to the streets in support of the protesters, converging on the adjacent Taksim Square from all over the city…. As he spoke, across town police were firing tear gas at anyone who set foot in the streets around Taksim.
Here are some more:
— PurpleGimp (@PurpleGimp) June 16, 2013
— Mercuryous (@Mercuryous) June 16, 2013
— Mark Bentley (@MarkABentley) June 16, 2013
— Michele Di Salvo (@micheledisalvo) June 16, 2013
— Taksim News (@NewsTaksim) June 16, 2013
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