The title of a recently CNN article is “TEAR GAS, FIRE, STUN GRENADES: CHAOS in Istanbul as police (and) protesters CLASH” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/11/world/europe/turkey-protests/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter).
“A central square and park in Istanbul ERUPTED Tuesday (June 11, 2013) and into Wednesday (June 12, 2013) in an UNSETTLING, CHAOTIC chorus, with tear gas canisters and water cannons from police met by FIREWORKS, metal banging and DEFIANT chanting from protesters“. “erupted” is VIOLENT, “unsettling” is DISTURBING we’ve have enough “chaos” TO LAST A LIFETIME and both protesters and police are “defiant” or ARROGANT (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to a woman in Gezi Park, “We want to BE HEARD, (and) RESPECTED …We’re NOT vandals, we’re NOT criminals“. “We want to BE HEARD (and) RESPECTED” is another way of saying “We want” DIGNITY.
“Erdogan HASN’T given any indication his government will alter its approach either. While he announced plans to meet with some protest organizers Wednesday (June 12, 2013), he also INSISTED, “We will never allow people to PUSH things to us“, as if Erdogan ISN’T “pushing”. “pushing” is yet another/the latest example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“In remarks Tuesday (June 11, 2013) — which came at a meeting in parliament of his own JUSTICE and DEVELOPMENT (?) Party — the prime minister directly addressed those opposing him on the streets of Turkey’s biggest city”. ERDOGAN represents “Justice and Development?” In light of recent events, THIS IS A JOKE. “They say the prime minister is HARSH. The prime minister is FIRM“. THERE’S A VERY FINE LINE BETWEEN “harsh” and “firm”. “I’m sorry. The prime minister IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE“. This is the latest case of a POLITICIAN being ARROGANT (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“The police told the raucous group over loudspeakers” “If you stop throwing rocks, (then) we will not use tear gas. WE DON’T WANT YOU TO GET HURT (?); PLEASE OBEY“. “We don’t want you to get hurt?” This is the latest CIRCUS. “Please obey” is the point of emphasis.
According to CNN iReporter Essam al-Ghalib, “a former CNN producer from Saudi Arabia now living in Istanbul”, “MY EYES WERE BURNING, MY NOSE (was) RUNNING and MY FACE WAS ALSO BURNING“. Again this sounds like GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86): “My eyes were burning, my nose (was) running and my face was also burning” so “I was running for my life” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbT1azZmR2M). “The wind was blowing … carrying the noxious gas all through the area as far away as a kilometer”.
“The woman who spoke to CNN on Tuesday night (June 11, 2013) from Gezi Park said that she’s seen classmates, work colleagues and others who, like her, had never protested until now. She said many have been angered and energized by the government’s response.
“Pointing to a mask she had around her neck to protect against tear gas, she added, “This is how a VIOLENT person behaves“, obviously referring to ERDOGAN.
Saban Disli, a member of parliament who belongs to Erdogan’s party, acknowledged there are some “peaceful demonstrators” who, he claimed, “are being used by TERRORIST GROUPS.” He denied that the prime minister is authoritarian, ACCUSING opposition parties and “the international media” of crafting a false image of Erdogan”. There are TWO things to note here. First, “terrorist groups” sounds like BASHAR AL-ASSAD. On top of this “accusing” is the latest/another example of “Blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk).
“This is not (a) new Erdogan”, Disli told CNN‘s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday night, saying the prime minister HASN’T changed since he was mayor of Istanbul”. “THIS HAS NEVER BEEN (the) new Erdogan”, implying that Erdogan has always been A TYRANT?
“Like Disli, the governor of Istanbul said Tuesday night (May 11, 2013) that protesters from “marginal groups” attacked police and others. In remarks broadcast on Turkish television, Gov. Huseyin Avni Mutlu urged people to leave Taksim Square and vowed (that) the government WOULD TAKE NECESSARY MEASURES until protesters leave“. “would take necessary measures” is the latest/another example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Also, “would take necessary measures” sounds like BASHAR AL-ASSAD, instead of a leader from a DEMOCRATIC country/republic/society.
“Speaking a short time later on CNN, Ibrahim Kalin — chief adviser to Erdogan — DEFENDED the police response, saying they acted like those authorities who faced mass protests in places like Spain, Greece and during the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York and elsewhere”. Kalin is clearly DEFENSIVE here (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Also, people are still talking about “Occupy Wall Street?”
“Kalin acknowledged there are peaceful protesters, reiterating Tuesday night (June 11 2013) that Erdogan intends to meet with them. He said the government had made “a clear distinction” between them and members of what he called “very marginal” and, in some cases, “VERY ILLEGAL groups that have tried to DOMINATE THE SCENE and OCCUPY Taksim Square”. “very illegal groups”, again, sounds like ASSAD or GADHAFI. “PEACEFUL protesters have been allowed to have their own demonstrations“. Well, people were “peaceful”, UNTIL THEY WERE SHOT AT. “Others have attacked the police with Molotov cocktails, sticks, (and) whatever (else) they can get. They are obviously NOT the peaceful protesters“. Most “protesters” WERE “peaceful”.
“The volatile situation threatens Turkey’s economy, including its tourism industry, and raises questions internationally. Bordering Syria, Iraq and Iran, Turkey, a NATO member and a key U.S. ally. Yet recent events have caused “CONCERN” in the United States, according to U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden”. “We are concerned by any attempts to punish individuals for exercising their right to FREE SPEECH, as well as attempts by any party to PROVOKE VIOLENCE“. Again there are TWO things to note here. First, recent events in Turkey should be a HUGE “concern”. On top of this, it seems like ERDOGAN LOYALISTS are trying to “provoke violence”.
“Many Istanbul demonstrators who talked to CNN‘s Arwa Damon were young professionals who described themselves as apolitical, but FELT COMPELLED TO JOIN THE PROTEST EFFORT “.
“Other generations are represented as well, like an older woman who raised her hand and yelled out, “Tayyip, RESIGN!” when she walked past a CNN camera”. Again, this sounds like something that GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86) would do.
“Such demands for Erdogan to step down, and criticisms of him as a dictator, are “COMPLETELY FALSE” according to Kalin”. This is what Kalin WANTS TO BELIEVE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Kalin is not only an adviser to Erdogan; he also seems like Turkey’s PROPAGANDA CHIEF.
“And whatever one’s take on the situation, it is clear the prime minister has never been in a position like this in his and his party’s decade in power”.
In speeches, Erdogan has said he has no tolerance for what he calls illegal demonstrations,SLAMMING protesters and warning that “even patience has an end“. “slamming” is the latest/another example of “Blaming and criticizing” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk). “All they do is DESTROY. They ATTACKED public buildings; they BURNED public buildings. They BURNED the cars of civilians“. All of this violence was provoked BY THE POLICE WHO ARE LOYAL TO ERDOGAN. “Let’s FACE OFF AT THE BALLOT BOX in seven months (January, 2014). If you are saying DEMOCRACY and FREEDOM, if you are saying RIGHTS and FREEDOMS, YOU CANNOT ACHIEVE THAT WITH VIOLENCE. Only WITHIN the laws, you can achieve it“.
Finally, according to Soner Cagaptay from the Washington Institute, a think tank focused on the (inter-) relationship the Middle East and the United States”, “It is … a democracy that is SEEING DEEP SPLITS between the one half that has voted FOR the governing party and one half that DOES NOT. DESPITE ITS economic growth, (Turkey) is, politically, VERY DEEPLY POLARIZED“. This should be a message to CHINA. NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE ECONOMY IS, PROGRESS WILL BE LIMITED IF THE DIFFERENT SECTORS IN SOCIETY FAIL TO WORK TOGETHER.
To conclude, let’s go back to the title: “Tear gas, fire, stun grenades: CHAOS in Istanbul as police (and) protesters CLASH“. Unfortunately, it looks like “chaos” and “clashes” ARE HERE TO STAY.