Turkish Summer: Islamist Regime Brutally Cracks Down on Protesters

U.S. President Obama shakes hands with Turkey's PM Erdogan after a bilateral meeting in Seoul

The proximate cause of the protest was a plan to demolish a park, but it may also mark a belated Turkish Spring as protesters strive to confront the relentless rule of the Islamist AKP, which is supported by the EU and Obama.

The official opposition has failed to stop the AKP’s takeover of the country and the press and other elements of the government have been locked up by Erdogan on the pretext that they engaged in a vast conspiracy of thousands against his rule. Turkey has tens of thousands of political prisoners and represses its ethnic minorities, but despite all that Western political interests support Erdogan because of his economic policies.

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But the latest violence calls attention to the habitual brutalities of the AKP regime under Erdogan.

 Broken glass and rocks were strewn across a main shopping street. A group of primary school children ran crying from the tear gas while tourists caught by surprise scurried to get back to luxury hotels lining the square.

“We do not have a government, we have Tayyip Erdogan…Even AK Party supporters are saying they have lost their mind, they are not listening to us,” said Koray Caliskan, a political scientist at Bosphorus University who attended the protest. “This is the beginning of a summer of discontent.”

Riot police clashed with tens of thousands of May Day protesters in Istanbul weeks ago. There have also been protests against the government’s stance on the conflict in neighbouring Syria, a recent tightening of restrictions on alcohol sales and warnings against public displays of affection.

“This isn’t just about trees anymore, it’s about all of the pressure we’re under from this government. We’re fed up, we don’t like the direction the country is headed in,” said 18-year-old student Mert Burge, who came to support the protesters after reading on Twitter about the police use of tear gas.

“We will stay here tonight and sleep on the street if we have to,” he said.

The Islamist AKP regime is working to outlaw alcohol, supposedly for public safety reasons, but in reality for religious ones. And as Erdogan begins turning Turkey into Iran, he may begin facing the same protests that Ahmadinejad did.

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  • Mary Sue

    Let's hope Turkish Summers turn out a lot better than Arab Springs.

  • F.K. Juliano

    Turkey's "growth" under Erdogan is nothing but borrowed money and doctored statistics. GDP growth is calculated in the following way: Erdogan considers the matter and decides on a number, which is the highest number he thinks infidel investors will swallow. In other words, Turkey is even more of a house of cards than Greece ever was. No wonder Obama is such good buddies with Erdogan. They're both Muslim liars.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The Islamist-in-Chief is best buds with Erdogan because they believe in the same heavy boot of repression. Moreover, Erdogan has the veneer of a western leader, therefore, he is less offensive to those who have no idea about his Islamist plans. Both are snakes in the grass.
    Not only that, but they are bent on resurrecting the Ottoman Empire, and there is no quicker path than through the super power's assists. Hence, the Brotherhood has to rise regardless of the blow back and this is a main reason why Mubarak was ordered – GO NOW, as he stood directly in their path – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/13/coming-full-c

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • http://twitter.com/ishadowx @ishadowx

    This is what will happen in the USA as soon as enough people wakes the hell up. Unfortunately, many ignorants will have given all their weapons to King Obombo.

  • Bora

    Does anyone know how this government was actually elected? With loads of fake votes, and opposition parties' votes have been burnt. I saw with my own eyes. Boxes of votes have been removed from the halls and replaced with big sacks full of fake votes. Does anyone know Erdogan's family got millionaires over the last 11 years?
    His borther-in-law's companies winning all government construction bids somehow, his kids going to private universities in America, houses, yachts, even he owns shopping centers in Turkey. Now do not ever defend that he made the economy better, inflation gone down. This is all lies!! He wants to be Ottoman Sultan, he must have watched Magnificent Century episodes on TV! Ruling the religion, ruling the country! But he won't be able to do it by the look of it. Turkish Nation, a modern, democratic, free Turkish Nation will not let any puppet of Obama to turn Turkey into Iran. The sons and daughters of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's youth we will not let some idiot the name,flag,regime of Turkey.!

  • Gen Y

    Surprise surprise
    Gen y will rise up one day.
    Mostly when these baby boomers give up the reigns.

  • canute.i.am

    Never thought I'd see the day when Chomsky and Greenfield find themselves on the same page. Someone must have their wires crossed, surely? It's a left of center v. right of center no brainer. I'd have thought you'd enjoy seeing the left wingers take a good beating for their sins. Doesn't happen often, let's face it. Has one of Chomsky's Arab Spring mates betrayed him? Or has one of his Arab Spring revolutions turned sour? Is that why he's gone with the Kemalists? Is this the closest he gets to contrition? Or is it just that this lot are the only ones left who'll pay him a speaker's fee? At least this way he gets paid to cheer on dyed red in the wool left wing revolutionary Peter Pans like him, even if they are a bit rich for comfort. So is he. Perhaps here is a perfect opportunity to follow Dave's neologism 'the friend of my enemy is my enemy', and cheer on the religious conservatives for once, even if they do read the wrong book. They all do!
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/gezi-park-crackd