Gezi operation in full force as forces raid over 100 locations

Police forces launched raids at over 100 locations in Istanbul in accordance with the ongoing operations on Gezi supporters, including student dormitories, detaining at least 30 people.

Gezi From The Field

Having spent some time in the past few days talking with working-class people in Istanbul (shopkeepers, traders, taxi drivers, housewives, and others) and residents of a village that I know well, I heard unimpeded support for AKP and PM Erdogan and a lack of sympathy for Gezi protesters, who are seen to be primarily destroyers of property who are causing financial damage to people, and who are likely steered by outside interests. They throw molotov cocktails and tear up paving stones (the two main examples that came up over and over) and therefore the police should be cracking down on them. There was sometimes a reluctant acknowledgement that there may have been excessive force used (usually by women, rarely by men), but the overall assessment was that the protesters deserved it for causing trouble. I suggested in one case that the people causing damage were only a small number compared to the peaceful others on the street. The response: If you have fifty eggs and you find that several are rotten, what are you supposed to do with the rest? You smash them too.

Police fire water cannons to quell protest as baton-wielding shop owners threaten reporters in Istanbul

Police have once again fired water cannons and tear gas against protesters while shop owners threatened them with batons

 

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