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LOCAL > 2.5 million people attended Gezi protests across Turkey: Interior Ministry

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Some 2.5 million protestors hit the streets across Turkey since the unrest began on May 31 over the attempt to demolish Istanbul's Gezi Park.

Only in two cities did people not attend protests while 79 cities witnessed big protests, the Interior Ministry’s record of protests said according to daily Milliyet’s report.

A large majority of the protests were staged in Istanbul and Ankara, according to the report, while Bayburt and Bingöl did not witness any protests.

Some 4,900 protesters were detained and 4000 people were injured including 600 riot police.

After the violent clashes slowed down, “standing man” civil disobedience protests increased in the country and everyday some 50 people stood silently in their cities’ centres.

The damage toll, on the other hand, showed that 58 public buildings and 337 private businesses were damaged while 240 police vehicles, 214 private cars, 90 municipality buses and 45 ambulances were left unusable.

Some 68 city cams, known as MOBESE, were also broken.

The total damage costs amounted to 140 million Turkish Liras.

June/23/2013

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Brit in Turkey

6/24/2013 1:36:40 PM

Ali Kanat: ...in Gezi Park and Taksim perhaps?

Daniele Scaramelli

6/24/2013 9:52:09 AM

If the Ministry says 2.5 million people protested, they were probably more. The wisest thing the government should do is to revise the way they decide an implement policies, without paranoid comments on global conspiracies. Enough damage has been done (by the government) to the reputation of Turkey.

Sultan Davut

6/24/2013 9:42:10 AM

Cilgin, hate to say it, but you know the answer to your question as well as I do: Burasi Turkiye, soru sormeyin. (This is Turkey, don't ask questions). It's even more unfortunate that this has been the answer to the question for many decades longer than the AKP has been around.

ilker avni

6/24/2013 9:17:54 AM

Erdogan has lost the plot calling Turkish citizens terroists,his speaches are dividing the nation,his second term in office is all confrontation,over Syria the EU,Israel ,Iraq,France,and now Germany.Turkeys imange abroad does not look good,the amount of damage to vehicles proves that not all were peacefull Turkish police,treatment on a par with American New York cops.The 21st Centuary is all about protesting for your rights which is spreading around the world,America,Brazil,Europe,ME,etc..etc

Barışçı

6/24/2013 8:13:06 AM

2.5MM people followed their hearts and free will to stand up for their country. How come Erdoğan had to bus, feed and pay his supporters 50 Turkish Lira to show up and listen to his propaganda?????? He is like a wolf in sheeps clothing!

Ali Kanat

6/23/2013 11:57:49 PM

One of his friends/relatives/party allies will build the new prison - job done :)

mara mcglothin

6/23/2013 10:44:31 PM

SPOT ON ! CILGIN Some people choose to not understand the situation, but I do think many of us are clear.

Vargen Vargen

6/23/2013 10:33:36 PM

I am glad to see that people show what they think. The violence is sad though. We should be able to live together without tear gas and water canons.

young genius

6/23/2013 10:32:00 PM

There were some AKP supporters marching in Vienna. Mostly men and some women with headscarfs again. Why do I see mostly men in these pro-AKP rallies?

Çılgın Kanarya

6/23/2013 9:53:40 PM

LARA ULUSOY, I would say that 2.5 million is a relatively high figure, considering that protesters risk being arrested, gassed, assaulted, blasted with 'medicated water' & shot in the head with gas canisters & rubber bullets! Also, anyone working as a public servant, for example, can't possibly attend anti-government demonstrations, because if identified, they'll be fired. Contrast all this with the Prime Monster's organized rallies, with no danger of harm, free transport & financial incentives!
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