Tag Archives: Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Jadaliyya: Erdogan’s masculinity and the language of the Gezi resistance

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Most observers of Turkey have been surprised by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unwillingness to compromise with the Gezi Park protestors, whose resistance for the preservation of an İstanbul park has transformed into a nationwide wave of popular urban protests—despite ongoing efforts at violent suppression—and threatens to become a full-fledged political, and economic, crisis. When Erdoğan hastily left the country [...] → Read the full article…

Jadaliyya: ‘Ottomanalgia’ and the protests in Turkey

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It was the sixth day since a peaceful sit-in had begun in Gezi Park in Istanbul to protect the last remaining green space in the center of the city. Protests had spread throughout the country due to the excessive use of force by police, including tear gas, water cannons, and plastic bullets against protesters from various backgrounds. On this same [...] → Read the full article…

The Guardian: Concern at response to Turkish protests

As academics at the University of Oxford, we would like to express our deep concern about the events taking place in Turkey. In response to the protests in Istanbul, as well as in other towns and cities in the country, rights and freedoms are being severely curtailed. In addition to what seems to be the deployment of excessive police force, [...] → Read the full article…

Greenpeace: Gezi Park: A historic defence of democracy

“Find out just what people will submit to and you have found out 
the exact amount of injustice and wrong that will be imposed upon them.” Frederick Douglass, American ex-slave civil rights leader. The citizens of Istanbul now appear in control of Gezi Park, protecting one of the last and most treasured green spaces in Istanbul from conversion to a [...] → Read the full article…

USA Today: Turkey premier to meet with Istanbul protesters

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister will meet with a group of protesters occupying Istanbul’s central Taksim Square this week, the deputy prime minister said Monday, as the government sought a way out of the impasse that has led to hundreds of protests in dozens of cities. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said, however, the government would no longer [...] → Read the full article…

KWK 44: Turkey’s Erdogan to protesters: ‘Even patience has an end’

ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed protesters Sunday, the tenth day of demonstrations against his government, warning that “even patience has an end.” He gave a series of speeches to supporters in the nation’s capital, Ankara, as well as in the southern city of Adana. “We have been patient. We will be patient, but even [...] → Read the full article…

Hürriyet Daily News: Turkish actor threatened over his Gezi Park support

Famous actor Memet Ali Alabora has said he is being threatened by unknown people over his support for the Gezi Park protests, after a Turkish daily showed him as one of the leading figures of “a plan to topple the Turkish Government.” Daily Yeni Şafak claimed on June 10 that a theatre play called “Mi Minor,” allegedly supported by an [...] → Read the full article…

Yahoo News: Turkish prime minister convenes party leadership – Elena Becatoros

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister convened his party leadership on Saturday to discuss anti-government protests that have entered their ninth day, as an opposition party leader urged the government to call early elections and renew its mandate. With thousands of people still occupying Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met with top officials from his Justice and Development [...] → Read the full article…