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President Abdullah Gül admitted June 4 that 'There may be people who think that no one asks them about what happens in Istanbul' regarding Taksim Gezi Park. AA photo

President Abdullah Gül admitted June 4 that 'There may be people who think that no one asks them about what happens in Istanbul' regarding Taksim Gezi Park. AA photo

The protests sparked by outrage over the demolition of a park in Istanbul, which spread to cities across Turkey, recall the Occupy protests in the West rather than uprisings in the Middle East, President Abdullah Gül said June 4. 

"Someone who lives in London can perceive the situation differently. I'm watching [the events] closely too. But what happens in Turkey is completely different compared with what happens in the Middle East. These are countries where there are no free elections, where the peoples will is not reflected [in the ballot box] and the courts are not up to Western standards," Gül said during a meeting with Turkey's International Investors Association (YASED).

The president, who personally intervened to appease the tension following violent clashes between police and protesters, stressed that Turkey was a country currently in an accession process to the European Union, and could not regress back. He said it had democratic institutions that were healthy, but admitted that after 10 years in power the government may cause some reactions among dissidents. 

"There may be those who don't approve of the [government's] actions. There are times when politics in Turkey can hurt feelings, so they may get hurt. There may be people who think that no one asks them about what happens in Istanbul," Gül said. 

He added that he acknowledged that people were protesting about trees and because of fears the government was interfering in their lifestyles, and said all such issues were problems also seen in Western countries. "Two years ago in London, cars were burned and shops were looted because of similar reasons. During revolts in Spain due to the economic crisis, people filled the squares. The Occupy Wall Street movement continued for months in the United States. What happens in Turkey is similar to these countries," Gül said.

He also added that violence and police excess were "under control." "Don't be concerned about Turkey's future. We are a predictable country, both economically and politically. Stability will continue," Gül said.

June/04/2013

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Eric Martin

6/6/2013 5:39:18 AM

London riots is more like it. Burn and loot and have fun! Children of the disrespectful Bourgeoisie. Are you going to kill yourself for 'bluelaws'?

Hicks LONDON

6/5/2013 9:39:41 PM

Occupy for London went on for weeks - eventually they were moved on with force, Millions of people students went on marches and riots in London for Student fee's being increased what happended the fee's were increased, Greece had riots for weeks for the bailout from the Eurozone, I can't remeber the last time Turkey had riot's, I'm sure the PM take this on board and will listen, this those not give a reason to smash up and burn other Turks properties, Cars / Banks, Shops, and more........

cemal ahmet

6/5/2013 6:34:55 PM

"Don't be concerned about Turkey's future. We are a predictable country, both economically and politically. Stability will continue," Gül said.Mr.GUL are you for real?Is that why the BORSA ISTANBUL is sharply turning into a dive & sinking ship?Do you know how much worth of the market capitalization has been wiped-off during 3 days?The markets don't like political uncertainties and the foreign investors bailed out accordingly-jumped off the sinking ship.YOU need to restore the markets confidence

ismail demir

6/5/2013 4:39:42 PM

It is similar to protests against Mursi and Gannusi.

Dave Chapman

6/5/2013 4:02:48 PM

DUTCH: I went to Taksim last night and I can assure you the support has anything but disappeared. It absolutely has NOT ended! I have never seen so many people in one place. And you are right, this is not a 'Spring' albeit the reasons for protesting are many and varied. The main focus is going to be on the Park for sure. Maybe the Anatalyan project did get through but a huge project in the Istanbul region was halted recently due to the amount of forest destruction that was going to take place.

Harry Chetty

6/5/2013 3:37:24 PM

The protest in Turkey has no parallel to what happened in London. The trouble in London were due to some people taking advantage of a protest of an illegal killing of a black man to steel and loot from shops. In Turkey such looting has not taken place and the protest is about the environment and about the Erdogan dictatirial government.

Sev Cihan

6/5/2013 2:50:45 PM

it is the same! after all erdogan has nothing to say in politics! it are the banks and corperations! so gül is right! the occupy movement is the exact same movement!

Steve Anderson

6/5/2013 2:32:34 PM

Citizens protesting WITH the American Occupy movement were also subjected to horrid police violence -- the same tactics being used in my beloved "other homeland" Turkey. NOBODY from the American government condemned the American police for using beatings, rubber bullets, water cannon, tear gas and concussion grenades. Innocents were killed and thousands injured. The American Occupy Movement was not about overthrowing capitalism -- it was about returning the voice of the people over corporations.

cemal ahmet

6/5/2013 1:00:30 PM

No Mr.President.Your memory is very poor..Riots Erupt In London After Police Shoot Black Man and that ballistic reports show that all of the gunfire came from police.Two years ago in London, cars were burned and shops were looted NOT because of similar reasons what happens in TAKSIM / TURKEY and does not bears similarities to a black man shot dead by police in north London during attempted arrest.In comparison,no similarities between a peaceful protest in Taksim and fatal shootings in London.

sonnudagreat

6/5/2013 12:47:49 PM

now more peaceful than before which they always intended to be .......but brutality provoked this people and expected roses in return of gas and bullets... democracy means only election lol ....joke of the century
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