web analytics
April 18, 2014 / 18 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



Erdogan Goes to War; Police Wound Hundreds, Attack Drivers

Erdogan goes berserk. One hour after delivering an ultimatum to protesters to leave Taksim Square, police attacked them with rubber bullets and tear gas, injuring drivers as well.
Protesters in Istanbul Taksim Square reel from police rubber bullet and tear gas attacks

Protesters in Istanbul Taksim Square reel from police rubber bullet and tear gas attacks
Photo Credit: Hurriyet

Share Button

Turkish police went to war against protesters Saturday night, using rubber bullets and tear gas to clear thousands from Taksim Square and on pedestrians trying to cross a foot bridge, where drivers also suffered the effects of the gas.

Hundreds of people, including motorists, were injured, while official government statements claimed the number of wounded was 44.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had issued an ultimatum to the protesters to leave Taksim Square in favor of a pro-Erdogan rally scheduled for Sunday.

One hour later, police, backed by armored vehicles, raided the square and attacked pedestrians before they could cross a foot bridge leading to the square.

Turkey’s European Union minister Egemen Bağış said in a televised interview that anyone trying to enter Taksim Square will be treated like a “terrorist.”

He lived up to his word.

“We tried to flee and the police pursued us. It was like war,” Claudia Roth, a German politician who was on the scene to show her support for the protesters, told Reuters. “There are dozens of injured shot with rubber bullets or who couldn’t go to the hospital,” according to the Taksim Solidarity Platform that represents the Gezi Park protesters.

In a statement quoted by Turkey’s Hurriyet News, the Platform added, “The attack with rubber bullets, intense tear gas and stun grenades at a moment when there were a lot of women, kids and elderly people were at the park is a crime against humanity.

“This attack that took place at a moment when there was no demonstration at the park shows that the prime minister’s intention is to increase the social polarization and satisfy his ambition of authority by oppressing his people.”

The Platform and Erdogan struck a compromise Thursday night whereby development plans for Gezi Park would be altered. Erdogan apparently has used the agreement as a signal, or excuse, to clear the protesters and stage his own pro-government rally Sunday.

“We have our Istanbul rally tomorrow. I say it clearly: Taksim Square must be evacuated, otherwise this country’s security forces know how to evacuate it,” Erdogan told supporters in Ankara on Saturday.

Hurriyet quoted sources last week that the Israel’s Mossad boss met with Turkish intelligence officials and that Syria  and/or Iran may be behind the protest movement.

Regardless, Erdogan’s heavy-handed response has only made the protest movement more popular, as has happened in every other Muslim country where brute force has been used to quell protests.

Erdogan, like other leaders of Muslim regimes, cast Twitter and social networks as the villain. He said Twitter was begin used to slander the government and therefore should not be allowed.

However, it was Turkish President Abdullah Gul who took to Twitter Saturday, saying that “everyone should return home now,” and that “the channels for discussion and dialogue” are open.

More than five people have been killed by police and 10 people have lost an eye after being hit by plastic bullets since the protest movement began three weeks ago over a plan to redevelop Gezi Park. The violent response by police resulted in much larger demonstrations against police violence.

Share Button

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

Leave a comment (Select your commenting platform)

One Response to “Erdogan Goes to War; Police Wound Hundreds, Attack Drivers”

  1. Stuart Wragg says:

    How can a German politician be there in support of protesters. Does Germany not need people to work on their own problems? How van you blame the police for woman, children and elderly being present? Were you not warned of what would happen and did you not have a duty to make sure that this was communicated to ensuretheir safety? Or does it suit your purpose to see the innocents hurt? I am not a supporter of Erdogen but do know that he was voted in by the majority of Turks in a free and fair election. He is therefore the legitimate ruler. You get who you vote for. If you do not like him, wait for the next elections. If you lose again, suck it up. Your actions are anarchy. violent without purpose, you choose to defy your own laws and government. You are no better than the one you claim is such. I dislike the lack of respect for law and order. I dislike the anarchist mentality that history has proven suits only the leaders personal ambitions. I can not support this kind of activity even though I do not agree with Islamic forms of government.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
Flyers ordered Jews to appear at a designated location in Ukraine, in Sept., 1941. The next day, the Jews lined up at the Babi Yar Ravine.
‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar
Latest News Stories
Zoo Matza

Chimpanzees and Orangutans eat Matza, unleavened bread traditionally eaten during the Passover holiday, at the Ramat Gan Safari on Thursday, April 17, 2014. I hope they can digest it. On Passover no leavened bread (Chametz) is allowed in Jewish possession, and that includes food we feed our animals.

Following intelligence reports of further expected Arab rioting and violence on the Temple Mount today, the police have placed restrictions on Muslim entry to the Jewish holy site, according to a report on Arutz-7. Entry will be limited to Muslims over the age of 50, and women, also they must be Israeli citizens or residency […]

Aaronovitch and Police

PA President Abbas’s refusal to publicly condemn the terror attack that killed Baruch Mizrachi is putting a damper on the parade.

The Shas political party, founded and run by the late Rav Ovadia Yosef, has a appointed a new spiritual leader, according to a Galei Tzahal report. The rabbi chosen to replace Harav Ovadia and be the new president of the party’s Council of Torah Sages is Rabbi Shalom Cohen. Aryeh Deri is the political leader […]

As Rabbi Stav said, “You’re free to think what you want. But do you want me to recognize Chelsea Clinton’s child as a Jew?”

In 1941, the Jews of Kiev received a similar leaflet. When they showed up the next day, more than 34,000 were murdered.

Teen stabbed in South Florida high school.

The Kotel Plaza, the stairs, the Kotel entrance, the roads, everything was packed for Birkat Cohanim – the Priestly Blessing of the People – now imagine if this had been held on top of Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount!

Four Israeli citizens were hurt Thursday in a road terror attack near Tekoa in Gush Etzion.

Israel Police closed access to the Temple Mount to Jews and other non-Muslims on Thursday due to Arab violence.

Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine this week were ordered to “register” themselves and their assets.

U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk is on his way back to the region to revive talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Hebron is proving to be a popular family tourist site during the Passover Holiday.

Hundreds attended the funeral of Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrachi, who was slain by terrorists on Passover eve.

A local Jewish merchant was stabbed Monday on the island of Djerba.

The Israeli hi-tech company Matrix has announced it is opening a “massive training center” in Nanjing, China.

More Articles from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Police manhandle a youth in expulsion from the Hebron Peace house in December 2008.

The government’s approval of Jews moving into the Hebron building marks a return to a bit of political normalcy.

Israel is preparing a program to help absorb an increasing number of Jews making aliyah.

There is nothing like a good round of anti-Semitism to sober up Jews to move to Israel.

Card-carrying Israeli citizens in a totally Arab city in the western Galilee already are preparing celebrations for what they expect will be the return of their “heroes” who killed Israelis in terrorist attacks. The United States is trying to work out a deal with Israel to allow freeing several Arab terrorists with Israeli citizenship in […]

The BDS movement has done us a favor by showing the world they are idiots over the Scarlett-SodaStream duet.

Yesha leader have a problem condemning violence if it carried out “for the cause.”

The Sheldon Adelson Family Foundation has contributed $16.4 million to the Israel Lunar Project to build the world smallest spacecraft that SpaceIL hopes to land on the moon. The donation is nearly half of the project’s budget, estimated at $36 million. SpaceIL is an Israeli non-profit founded at the end of 2010 by three young […]

It might be best to say the Traveler’s Prayer on the airplane before putting on tefillin.

It won’t happen so soon, but it is only a matter of time until Jewish in Efrat finally can be like Jews in Tel Aviv.

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/erdogan-goes-to-war-police-wound-hundreds-attack-drivers/2013/06/16/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: