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    Posted March 13, 2014 by
    izmir, Turkey
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    Protests across Turkey

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    Protests Continue Against the Government of Turkey

    A day after the funeral of Berkin Elvan who died as a result of tear gas canister shot by the police during the Istanbul Gezi movement in June 2013, nationwide protests continue against the government of Tayip Erdogan. Some officials justify the accidental death by insisting that the 15 year old had no business being there. However his family indicated that he was only going out to get a loaf of bread. Most youth organizations and opposition media blame the police hence the Prime Minister for using excessive force on peaceful demonstrators. The "Gezi" movement started when the government decided to raze the only remaining green area known as Taksim Gezi Park in Istanbul city center. Peaceful demonstrators were attacked by the police and the country wide protests resulted in six deaths. Then on December 17 police raided some of the Ministers' sons, and the director of Halk Bank for corruption and bribery. Tens of Millions of Dollars were found stuffed in shoe boxes at the home of Halk Bank director. Later some intercepted phone conversations incriminating the prime minister and his son were leaked to the Internet Media. The government blames the US based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen for all the leaked phone conversations. Prime Minister Erdogan re-assigned several judges and police known to be allied with Gulen Movement. Gulen and Erdogan were allies for the past ten years and it is believed that Erdogan came to this powerful position with the help of his mentor Gulen. However the relationship soured when Erdogan decided to close the charter schools run by the cleric to prevent his followers from becoming too powerful within his government. Erdogan continues to claim that all this is a conspiracy to overthrow his government from power. He repeatedly say that he will be vindicated in the upcoming elections on March 30. It remains to be seen who will be the victor but one thing remains certain. The winds of political change for Turkey is not too far.
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