Monday, Jun 18, 2018
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio


Turkish police brace for marches on 1st anniversary of nationwide anti-government protests

ISTANBUL — Thousands of Turkish activists are preparing to demonstrate in Istanbul and other cities, calling for greater democratic freedoms. They are marking the first anniversary of nationwide anti-government protests.

Turkish news reports said that 25,000 police officers and up to 50 water cannon vehicles would be deployed around Istanbul today. Huseyin Avni Mutlu, the city’s governor, said authorities would not tolerate “any kind of negative aims” and “wrong practices” by protesters.

In late May and June last year, hundreds of thousands of Turks protested Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly autocratic style of government and demanded greater freedom. Thousands were wounded. At least 12 people have died in anti-government protests in the past year.

Erdogan has characterized the protests as part of an international plot to thwart Turkey’s development.

Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2018 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…