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Calling the protesters "a few looters", Erdogan said he would press ahead with redeveloping Istanbul's Taksim Square, a project which provoked the demonstrations that have widened into a broader show of defiance against his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Erdogan singled out the Republican People's Party (CHP) - set up in 1924 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who founded Turkey's modern secular state - for attack over a dispute he described as ideological.
"We think that the main opposition party which is making resistance calls on every street is provoking these protests," Erdogan said on Turkish television.
Turkey's fiercest anti-government unrest for years erupted when trees were torn down at a park in Taksim Square under government plans to construct a new mosque and rebuild a replica Ottoman-era barracks.
"This reaction is no longer about the ripping out 12 trees. This is based on ideology," said Erdogan, whose conservative vision for the nation has angered more liberal Turks. Referring to the planned mosque, he added: "Obviously I will not ask for permission for this from the head of CHP or a few looters."
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stepped back from building a shopping mall in the Artillery Barracks project to replace Taksim Gezi Park, while also announcing that a mosque will be built on Taksim Square.
“You cannot make an AVM [shopping mall] familiar to the international ones in this area. There is no conclusive AVM project here. Maybe we will make a city museum there or an architectural work that will put different activities in place. Is there any certain document? No,” said Erdoğan on June 2 in Istanbul as he attended the Rumeli Turks Association’s general assembly.
RT’s Maria Finoshina reported from Turkey how residents are concerned by the growing dominance of Islamic values: Censorship is imposed on TV shows, museums are turned into mosques, and attempts are even being made to introduce Ottoman-style uniforms for flight attendants.
Turkish women fear their rights are being infringed even though they are seemingly free to wear and do what they want.
“The reformed education system is split into three parts of four years each, the result - thousands of girls leave school before the end, encouraging young marriages. The state promotes having at least five kids. Only three out of ten women today go to work. It’s far from a democratic model of society,” says Şenal Sarihan, the head of the group Women of the Republic.
The Turkish opposition speaks of a dangerous tendency: nine decades after Turkey broke with the Islamic rule of the Ottoman Empire in favor of an anti-clerical, pro-Western vision, the ideas and values that were rejected appear to some to be making a comeback.
“We are very concerned because Turkey is a secular democracy. But Islam has become the only reference. It says what to do, what to wear, what to eat, what not to eat,” Faruk Logoglu, CHP party vice-chairman said.
Originally posted by Patriotsrevenge
reply to post by EarthCitizen07
Cant you see the writing on the wall though. The Nazi's who control the western governments now want to install radical governments in these countries because the current ones had learned their lessons in attacking Israel, yet kept dealing with Russia.
They want these nuts to attack these nations, remove their leaders and install strict Sunni Islamic governments Obama's opinion is "Hey we can deal with Saudi Arabia but we cant with Iran so why not". This will fulfill biblical prophecy with Russia and Iran already promising not to let the western backed AQ types from taking over in Syria. Egypt was an accident in this plan I am sure, yet they had to keep the ruse going to let the other nations fall.
With Turkey in chaos the Russians will be allowed to be very influential. This is the last piece in the Gog-Magog puzzle that will lead to that war.
Originally posted by Patriotsrevenge
For the sake of the whole world I hope these Muslim Brotherhood clowns are all arrested. I just seen the live feed and there is not that many of them. Turkey has a strong army so it will take a lot to bring the country down, I just hope that the military powers can get someone leading Turkey that has some sense and doesn't contradict himself all the time like the current leader of Turkey. It is critical that these Ottoman people do not let the radical Islamic scum bags take over or we will see a huge war very soon.
Israel has no good way out of this but to hope that the current government stays in power or one that is friendlier with more common sense.
Obama is a Jackass for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood but that is what his Nazi handlers are telling him to do!
What lasting benefit comes from standing overtly and dangerously in solidarity with locals in such a situation?