Turkey analyses level of damages owing to protests in Ankara and Istanbul

  • In recent times, Turkey’s Taksim Square has been witness to anti-government protests. In the last couple of days that the protests have been raging, the Turkish police has arrested at least 900 people. In the last couple of years, this has been the most sustained expression of anti-government anguish of the people of this Eurasian country. Muammer Guler, the Interior Minister of Turkey, has stated that some among the ones that had been arrested were released but the others are supposed to be tried. He has stated that 53 civilians and 26 police officers have been injured in the protests and one of them has been hurt seriously.

    The protests assumed greater proportions after the police decide to crack the whip on what was a peaceful sit in. The sit in had been arranged in opposition of a plan to refurbish an Istanbul park. As per media correspondents, many people in Turkey are disgusted with the way the government has been functioning and they are of the opinion that the present regime wants to take away some of their personal areas of freedom. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey, has offered to talk to the protesters but nothing much has been achieved in that regard as they do not have a proper leader as such.