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Protesters supporting the ongoing Gezi Park demonstrations were subjected to police attacks overnight in various cities.  AA photo

Protesters supporting the ongoing Gezi Park demonstrations were subjected to police attacks overnight in various cities. AA photo

Protesters supporting the ongoing Gezi Park demonstrations were subjected to police attacks overnight in various cities, with tension especially rising in Adana and Ankara.

Ankara crowds again suffered a harsh police barrage, with officers using TOMA water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters that had gathered at the city’s Kızılay Square. Demonstrators had to flee to side streets as police forces attempted to empty the square.

Police also moved on the capital’s Kuğulu Park in the early hours of today to dismantle tents that had been erected in solidarity with the action continuing in Taksim Gezi Park. Despite initial opposition, subsequent reports said the officers had succeeded in taking down the tents in the park. Protesters in Adana also faced police attacks when they attempted to march toward Akkapı district in order to join another demonstrating group that had been subjected to violent behavior from a group of Justice and Development Party (AKP) supporters the night before.

Police denied permission to the group to march and called on the protesters to disperse. When the group refused, police intervened with TOMAs and tear gas, following protesters down to the end of Çakmak Street to completely disband the crowd.

Protests in Edirne and İzmir also gathered thousands in support of the Gezi Park demonstrations, with over 2,000 protesters marching in Edirne and 10,000 in İzmir. There was brief tension in İzmir stemming from opposing groups, but the problem was quickly resolved.


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Joseph Markowski

6/11/2013 7:54:59 AM

Jahan, I guess you can say that it is a much more peaceful crowd when Police are not firing $21 mil usd worth of Tear Gas and Pepper Spray at you... Not having water cannons aimed and your face and head has a tendency to keep a little more relaxed. Open your eyes and see what is really going on.

Eric Martin

6/11/2013 5:38:36 AM

Leftist liberals who are anticapitalist and hate Erdogan can be grateful he's not anything like a dictator like these foreigners and propagandists claim he is. Long live Erdogan.

andrea dealmagro

6/11/2013 3:19:20 AM

Protesters already have great strategic victory: Forced government to be repressive. Protesters can't hope to hold Gezi forever nor beat government by other means so they should focus on organizing popular movement toward elections under widest banner: Anything but AKP. They have momentum. I don't live in Turkey but visited and loved the country and people. I wish Erdogan does not become an Islamo-Stalinist leader, as a foreign publication already called him; a Turkish Putin. Best to all.

eva ...

6/11/2013 2:27:12 AM

What is sad is that it started about trees and is now fast becoming a run up to a Civil War. Turkey was an admired by all country. Now this is killing the tourist season and turning very ugly. I do agree about the Park because as a visitor, i don't want to see Shopping Malls like at home, I want to see old Turkish culture and mingle with local people. It would be sad to lose this. Erdogan has conceded the Shopping Mall...Protesters are walking a dangerous line, so maybe it's time to talk.

euro person

6/10/2013 11:52:38 PM

Can Tayip take full control without the Army? The first time in Turkish history.

Rimon Tree

6/10/2013 9:45:28 PM

@ Andrea You exactly expressed what me and my friends were talking about this afternoon. The protestors should found a party and try make it a very strong and investigating opposition. Then the call of Erdogan to show off at the election ballots might come true in a different way as he would hope for. Only obstacle would be if he would succed to press his presidency through in the same dictatorial way he is showing just now. With a weak EU and an obviously tongueless Obama he woudl succeed.

Dr Bob

6/10/2013 7:00:59 PM

"Democracy is like a train. We shall get out when we arrive at the station we want.". Erdogan thinks, he has almost arrived at his station. Mr. Erdogan: Be assured that huge parts of the turkish society are aware what will happen to this proud country, when you arrive at your train station. They are monitoring you carefully. You jumped into the democracy train. Neither will the turkish people allow you jump out of this train nor will it allow to divide this country into "good" and "çapulcu"!

mara mcglothin

6/10/2013 5:43:42 PM

Great writing ANDREA!!!!!!!


6/10/2013 5:43:11 PM

hat seems to be happening slowly, andrea. bringing along the conservative elements in CHP will be a challenge. Gülseren Onanç seems like a promising figure in that regard. I've been impressed with what I've heard from her.

Jahan Karim

6/10/2013 5:03:39 PM

Erdogan is the Ideal of real democracy, not only for Turkey for the whole world 'Erdogan became the Ideal of democracy'. look he tackling the Taksim arrogant peoples by showing more beautiful crowd .. did not you peoples saw yesterday at Adana, Marsin and 4-5 point in Ankara .. how beautful civilized democratic crowd
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