Istanbul Protests Against Policemen

Istanbul Protests Against Policemen

The protesters of Istanbul are getting poignant day by day and so their policemen. Everytime the protesters try to raise voice, they are being thwarted by the Government and its policemen. After the police attack flashed on media and social networks, the protesters keep no stones unturned to downcast the government. Thousands of countrymen marched to central Istanbul late Saturday and early Sunday to raise voices against the government. The anti-government issues are glorified on this protest.

Police sealed off Taksim Square in the center of the city Saturday night as they stormed the adjoining Gezi Park, where protesters have been camping for more than two weeks.

An eyewitness told Xinhua that hundreds of people at the Asian Kadikoy district gathered to walk across the Bosphorus Bridge in the direction of the European side of the city. Police barred roads to prevent protesters reaching the Bosphorus bridge.

About 1,000 young people gathered in Besiktas district, less than 100 meters away from the office of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Many protesters also gathered at neighborhoods on the European side, such as Etiler and Mecidiyekoy, walking on the arterial roads disrupting the car traffic. The policemen also seem to understand the protest power by now as more and more people are joining into the protest to fight not only against the government by also against the police. So Istanbul gears up against the ruthless Policemen.

A few days ago they had raised a mock toast against the governments’ anti drinking law and now they are against the tear gases, gun fights or other tortures on normal people.

People banged pots from their houses while cars on the road sound their horns. Residents in the Gezi neighborhood, home to many Alevis, have also gathered in the streets.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday gave an ultimatum to protesters, giving them one day to end demonstrations.

Everyone who enters Istanbul’s Taksim Square, heart of the nearly 20-day-long protests, will be considered a terrorist, Turkey’s European Union Minister Egemen Bagis said in a televised interview on Saturday.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the major opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said that the police’s brutal operation against the Gezi Park protesters is a crime against humanity, accusing Erdogan of intending “to kill Turkey” because of his dictator mentality and personal ambition.

“Those who committed this crime will never be forgiven by the people, the history and humanity’s conscious,” Kilicdaroglu said. He said civil servants will be counted as Erdogan’s partners in crime and will one day be taken before the court.

Protests started more than two weeks ago when a group of environmentalists gathered in Gezi Park in Istanbul to protest the government’s plans to build a replica of Topcu Barracks over the park as part of a Taksim urban renewal project. So, Istanbul protests against policemen in tough way.

Written by: Jayeeta Shamsul

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