Not Dispersal - Not Intervention - Just Brutal Attack
Democracy and Class Struggle
After seeming to reach a peaceful understanding with protesters, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reverses course, again, and has police clear the park. Mike Giglio reports.
Just days after protesters and the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to reach an agreement to halt a planned mall-development project in Gezi Park and Taksim Square, the last remaining green space in central Istanbul, police cleared the park by force Thursday evening.
The move — the latest reversal in approach by an administration that’s seemed unable to hold a course of action in response to the now 17-day-old protests — came after Erdogan, addressing a crowd of about 10,000 supporters at a rally in Ankara