News / Europe

Protests Continue in Turkey, But Methods Changing

Protests Continue in Turkey, But Methods Changingi
X
June 20, 2013 12:52 PM
Anti-government protests continue in Turkey, but the methods have changed. The two weeks of clashes in which four people died and about 5,000 were injured drew increasing numbers of supporters. VOA's Scott Bobb reports from Istanbul.

Protests Continue in Turkey, But Methods Changing

Scott Bobb
Anti-government protests continue in Turkey, but the methods have changed.  The two weeks of clashes in which four people died and about 5,000 were injured drew increasing numbers of supporters. 

Istanbul's Taksim Square.  These “standing man” protests, as they are called, began Monday after the government quashed mass demonstrations, which it said were fomenting violence and chaos.

The early protests were small, over government plans to replace a nearby park with a shopping mall.  But as the violence increased the number of supporters grew to hundreds of thousands.

The Square is now calm.  But police occupy Gezi Park, which has been closed to the public.  Retired policeman Mehmet Mercan says he came to protest the violence.

“I saw there were young people protesting peacefully here, but the police used violence against them.  That affected me.  I am here to support them," said Mercan.

Professor Koray Caliskan at Bogazici University says for the first time in Turkish history the protests brought together political activists with often conflicting views.

“People tried to protect their park and their democracy and they came together for the first time, people with terribly different agendas, a pro-Kurdish party, an anti-Kurdish party and a Republican People's [nationalist] party, hand-in-hand in Gezi," said Caliskan.

At Galata Tower, a few kilometers away, another protest Wednesday.  People set out shoes to remember those killed or wounded in the clashes.  Ruya Kurtulus helped organize the first protests.

“It started with the park.  On the first day 4,000 people came.  And after the police attacked many more thousands came.  It just made many more people join us.  And now it is a movement for freedom and democracy," said Kurtulus.

Back at Taksim Square, the standing man protests continue.  The demonstrators say they will not stop until the government becomes less authoritarian and listens more to its people.

You May Like

Photogallery US to Send 3,000 Troops to Liberia in Expanded Ebola Effort

At US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Obama is to announce troop deployment, other details of US plans to fight Ebola outbreak More

China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

Muslims in Kunming say that they condemn the violence, it is not a reflection of the true beliefs of their faith More

Humanitarian Aid, Equipment Blocked in Cameroon

Move is seen as a developing supply crisis in West Africa More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Communityi
X
September 16, 2014 2:06 PM
Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid