— Refik Eryilmaz, Turkish lawmaker from the border city of Antakya, said.
Turkey may risk a new wave of unrest if the government fails to address the grievances of minorities.At it again.
Syria is dividing into three separate regions.
As the Syria revolution has led to a two and half year sectarian and political civil war, it has also created a hot mess of a Middle East region. The conflict has made Syria into a breeding ground for rebel and terrorist groups. With it being this free-for-all ground, the nation has been divided into separate territories, as The Economist shows. With Hezbollah supporting the Assad regime groups, there is also the rebels fighting the Syria governmental troops. There are the Kurds coming in from Turkey, and al Qaida members coming into play, as well as, the Taliban reportedly walking into the region.
A hot mess, it seems to be.
“It shows one peaceful protester, dressed as if for a summer garden party, standing up for basic human and green values against an arrogant and mighty state.”
This time-lapse video shows demonstrators at Taksim Square, Istanbul, over a 24-hour period on June 5, 2013.
The crowd-funded full-page NYT statement by #occupygezi is published.
Turkey update from reuters:
Police squared off with protesters in Ankara yet again as fresh clashes erupted Monday following a third night of demonstrations throughout Turkey.
The violence is the some of the worst the country has seen in decades, exploding into a show of defiance against what protesters say is the creeping authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan claimed the mass demonstrations had been organized by extremist factions.
The clashes began over the destruction of a historic park in Istanbul to make room for a shopping center, but rapidly turned into widespread anti-government protests. Over a thousand people have reportedly been hurt.
The prime minister and his Islamist-rooted AK Party have been in power for three decades, ushering in a period of unprecedented political stability and economic growth.
Some are accusing Erdogan of using his last term to muzzle the media, tighten his grip on state institutions and bring religion into politics, which is forbidden in Turkey’s secular constitution.
Erdogan made a defiant call for an end to the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years on Saturday. He is accused of authoritarianism and abusing privacy and secularism. There were more than 90 separate demonstrations around the country on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, tens of thousands gathered in Taksim Square.
More than 1,000 people were reported injured in Istanbul and several hundred in Ankara.
[Photo: A man is hit by a jet of water as riot police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a central Ankara protest June 1, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas]
”I cried because they killed my cousins,” a young Syrian refugee says in Turkey.