Utviklingen i Tyrkia blir stadig mer bekymringsfull. Ergenekon-rettssakene, hvor et stort antall militære og journalister er fengslet på tynnest mulig grunnlag, har skremt store deler av befolkningen til selvsensur.
De som fremdeles ønsker å heve stemmen mot Erdogan-regimet i form av demonstrasjoner, blir nå i økende grad møtt med hva som må kalles voldshandlinger fra regimets side:
Mandag 29.oktober ble en større demonstrasjon på flere tusen deltagere arrangert i Ankara, med bla. uttrykt motivasjon:
«They are trying to turn us into another Iran or some kind of neo-Ottoman Empire. We are against this,» said retired 64-year-old Erdem Sevinc.
«We are here today to send a message to those who are trying to destroy the principles of this republic,» he said.»
Ankara utstedte prompte et forbud mot demonstrasjonen, men folk møtte opp allikevel.
Da ble silkehanskene tatt av:
Waving Turkish flags several thousand people gathered outside the old parliament building in the city centre to try to march to Ataturk’s mausoleum to mark the 89th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic in 1923.
«Resign government! Damn you Tayyip!» the crowd chanted, referring to the prime minister.
«The day will come when the AK Party will give account to the people,» they shouted.
«We are Mustafa Kemal’s soldiers! Turkey is secular and will remain secular!» others shouted.
But the marchers were kept back by a barricade of riot police who began firing tear gas and water cannon into the crowd, which included children and elderly men and women, as some people tried to storm the police blockade.
TEAR GAS, WATER CANNON
Some in the crowd threw projectiles at the line of police, prompting them to fire more tear gas and water cannon. People pushed and shoved to get out of the line of fire while others were doubled up on the ground, coughing from the gas.
Several young girls were carried out of the crowd unconscious, drenched by the water cannon.
«Why are they doing this? This is really bad. We are citizens of this country, we are not enemies,» said 21-year-old computer studies student Melisa Cilli.
«They want another kind of system here, a dictatorship, with Erdogan as the dictator,» she said.
Several hours later police removed the barricades allowing the crowds to march to the mausoleum some three kilometres away.»
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