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January 16, 2014

Turkish Spring Protests

Turkish Spring protests

Turkish Spring Protests

Unlike the Arab Spring three years ago, the Turkish Spring is taking place in a country with a strong secular tradition. The founder of the Turkish Republic insisted on that when he created this modern country in 1923. But the conservative Islamic party won control of the parliament in 2002 and things have been going downhill ever since. After eleven years of steady losses, the large number of secular people in Turkey have had enough, and that brought this Turkish Spring to life.

The largely-peaceful protests have sometimes been met by violent responses. The woman shown above was one of more than five thousand people who have been injured or overcome by tear gas in those strong responses ordered by Prime Minister Erdogan. Remarkably, only four people have been killed so far in these confrontations.

The enthusiasm of these protesters has been highly visible, as you see here. But at this point it is not known how the protests will turn out, given the force being used against people in the streets. The main protest center was at historic Taksim Square in the center of Istanbul, but bulldozers were used to clear that area, forcing the protesters to take refuge in nearby Gezi park. 

That brought this tense conflict back to its starting point. It was Erdogan's imperious decision to tear down Gezi park for use by his developer friends that triggered these protests. This sudden rebellion then took on a life of its own as people protesting the Islamic radicalization of their country poured into the streets. 

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