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Groups heading to Beşiktaş on the European side of Istanbul were raided by the police. Demonstrators protested the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Syria policy, chanting 'AKP wants war, youth wants peace.' DHA photo

Groups heading to Beşiktaş on the European side of Istanbul were raided by the police. Demonstrators protested the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Syria policy, chanting 'AKP wants war, youth wants peace.' DHA photo

Dozens of demonstrators who gathered to protest the government’s Syria policy in the wake of the weekend’s twin attacks that killed 52 in Reyhanlı were raided by security forces armed with tear gas and water cannons today in Istanbul. 

Two groups comprised mainly of university students were marching from two separate directions to Beşiktaş on the European side, when police officers blocked their path near Dolmabahçe Palace. Police used water cannons and tear gas to quell the protests while some demonstrators tried to cross the barriers to continue their protest. A group of protestors took refuge in the historical Dolmabahçe Mosque. 

The Istanbul police department drew fire after the heavy crackdown on May Day against demonstrators who wanted to reach the iconic Taksim Square. Protests in many universities in Ankara on May 15 were also heavily raided by the police.

May/16/2013

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Çılgın Kanarya

5/17/2013 12:05:11 AM

RECEP OZEL, unfortunately they do deserve it, because they keep voting this totalitarian, authoritarian regime into power. Despite the AKP openly and unashamedly trying to gas and beat their dissenters into submission, if there was an election held tomorrow, they would win it easily. Turkey is suffering as result of the nation's collective stupidity. If the police behaved like this against peaceful protesters so regularly in the USA, UK or France, etc, the government would be deemed illegitimate

Recep Ozel

5/16/2013 8:41:32 PM

Using tear gas on a daily basis against innocent civilians is the sign of a totalitarian, authoritarian regime, and the Turkish people do not deserve such disgusting undemocratic forces being unleashed on them.

The Prisoner

5/16/2013 7:47:29 PM

The government's private army putting down any dissent with their usual subtlety. Business as usual in 21st Century Turkey.

Blue Dotterel

5/16/2013 7:24:24 PM

The attack on democracy in Turkey continues. The people do not want war, but the government and their foreign masters are not interested in what the people want, only what their ruling oligarchs want. And what these oligarchs don't want is democracy. What they do want is perpetual war and terrorism to keep the people in fear. Have you ever wondered why the US created al Qaeda?

K M

5/16/2013 6:56:34 PM

Chemical warfare at home from a government that will not permit dissent.
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