Tag Archives: Taksim Square

Bloomberg: Turkey Clashes Persist as Erdogan Predicts Early End to Protest- Selcan Hacaoglu, Taylan Bilgic, Ali Berat Meric

Turkish demonstrators clashed with police last night and a second protester was killed, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan predicted an early end to the unrest while the U.S. urged police restraint. A 22-year-old man was shot dead by unidentified gunmen during an anti-government rally in the southern province of Hatay, local Governor Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz said. One person had been killed [...] → Read the full article…

BBC News: Turkey clashes: Chaos and camaraderie in Istanbul

Turkey has been rocked by days of anti-government protests. Travel reporter Angelica Malin was in Istanbul as the unrest spread, enveloping her hotel, and was forced to get the first plane out. The excitement was contagious. At 14:00 we were standing on Dolmabahce Cadessi, the road leading to Taksim Square, a mere 2km (1.4 miles) away, in our best sandals [...] → Read the full article…

The Telegraph: Turkey protesters celebrate after police leave Istanbul square

Thousands of protesters celebrated early on Sunday after police withdrew from Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the focal point of nationwide protests against Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government. The government, while acknowledging some excesses by police in two days of clashes, called on the demonstrators to leave the streets after protests in 48 cities. Rights groups denounced police violence, with Amnesty International saying that [...] → Read the full article…

Hürriyet Daily News: Protesters clean Taksim area after police withdrawal

After the police forces withdrew from Taksim Square on June 1, where a brutal crackdown targeting demonstrators protesting against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park had taken place, peaceful demonstrators cleaned the Taksim Square voluntarily early this morning. Many people brought the rubbish bags and cleaned all the rubbish on the ground, including tear gas canisters, stones and glasses. Many [...] → Read the full article…

The Economist: Resentment against Erdogan explodes

It all began with a grove of sycamores. For months a tight band of environmentalists had been protesting against a government-backed project to chop the trees down in order to make room for a mall and residential complex in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Last week they organised a peaceful sit in, camping, singing and dancing by the threatened trees. On May [...] → Read the full article…

Bianet: Resistance Reaches Taksim Gezi Park on Day 5

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Thousands of demonstrators who were protesting against the planned construction of a shopping mall in the last remaining green spot in downtown have finally set foot back to Taksim Gezi Park after the police withdrawal. Scores of people are marching towards Taksim Square from different parts of Istanbul. Thousands of demonstrators who were protesting against the planned construction of a [...] → Read the full article…

Reuters: Turkish PM Erdogan calls for end to protests as clashes flare

(Reuters) – Protesters lit fires and scuffled with police in parts of Istanbul and Ankara early on Sunday, but the streets were generally quieter after two days of Turkey’s fiercest anti-government demonstrations for years. Hundreds of protesters set fires in the Tunali district of the capital Ankara, while riot police fired tear gas and pepper spray to hold back groups [...] → Read the full article…