Turkey unrest: “Turkish spring” or just a seasonal storm?
More protests are expected in the unrest-gripped Turkey after a weekend of anti-government demonstrations across the country.
The government seems to be completely unprepared both for the motives behind the protests and their evolution from a rally against plans to redevelop an Istanbul park into anti-government calls.
Turkey is not used to active street protests but the genie of unrest is already out of the bottle, and the protests were hardy sparked by plans to rebuild the Gezi Park alone. Experts name various versions of the events.
Some say that people are unhappy with a projected law limiting alcohol consumption in the country, some claim that Turks don’t like proposed changes in the governing system granting more powers to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the 2014 elections.Fierce clashes between tens of thousands of protesters and riot police have been reported in the Turkish capital of Ankara as well as the country’s major cities of Istanbul and Izmir. Thousands have been detained.