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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby Get Real! » Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:54 pm

bill cobbett wrote:Sorry, an old friend of ours just posted this on FB...

What a remarkable sight...

Like army ants on the move over a log…
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby Get Real! » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:27 pm

*** Fresh off the press ***

The grand architect of “Zero problems with neighbors” Davutoglu, is now working on his second masterpiece essay called… “Zero problems with citizens” available in velvet hardback and paperback editions! 8)
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:39 pm

kurupetos wrote:
GreekIslandGirl wrote:Pleased you got out OK, BigOz, and thanks for taking the time to post your experience.

I hope there's a happy ending.

For who? :wink:


It's time ....

Never forget - The Fall of Constantinople MAY 29th 1453 :wink:
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby Tim Drayton » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:50 pm

bill cobbett wrote:Yes ok Tim... Chemical Erdogan may have been democratically elected but we're in to the area of Tyranny of the Majority, a consensus leader he clearly ain't.

...and yes respect to BigOz for the moving and brill first-hand account.

... and if might add just one picky to this thread; no gas, no violence, no blood, just people, determined people marching across the Bosphorus in their hundreds, who just want their say in Turkey's future...


I hope this is the beginning of Turkey's Tahrir, but one must be careful about drawing over-simplistic parallels.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby Tim Drayton » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:03 pm

The main opposition party in Turkey, the CHP, was to hold a protest meting against the government this afternoon at 16.00. Now, this meeting has been cancelled and people who were planning to attend have been urged to assemble in Taksim instead.

http://www.radikal.com.tr/politika/chp_ ... ek-1135863
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby bill cobbett » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:09 pm

Tim Drayton wrote:The main opposition party in Turkey, the CHP, was to hold a protest meting against the government this afternoon at 16.00. Now, this meeting has been cancelled and people who were planning to attend have been urged to assemble in Taksim instead.

http://www.radikal.com.tr/politika/chp_ ... ek-1135863


Yes and watching the BBC... tens of thousands, perhaps as many as 200,000 people in or trying to get in to Taksim at the mo.

Police have abandoned the square to the protesters.
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby Tim Drayton » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:10 pm

It seems that at about 16.00 today protesters in Ankara broke through police barricades and are now occupying the main square at the centre of the city, Kızılay Meydanı.

http://www.radikal.com.tr/turkiye/baske ... ay-1135872
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby Tim Drayton » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:27 pm

Another source states that it was today at 17:42 that protestors took full control of Ankara's main square (Kızılay), and that it is now full of thousands of protestors.

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/?hn=420290&kn=7&ka=4&kb=7
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Re: I was There yesterday! (events in Istanbul)

Postby CBBB » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:31 pm

Sounds as though it is time for the traditional Turkish remedy, a military coup.

That will bugger up their chances of joining the EU.
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