By Carolyn Cohn LONDON, June 11 (Reuters) – The transformation of Turkey in less than a month from newly-minted investment grade darling to market struggler has again put the role of ratings agencies under scrutiny. Turkey won a coveted second investment grade rating from Moody’s in mid-May, a decision which swept Turkish bond yields to record lows and stock markets to all-time peaks. Now move
Ban Ki-moon has called for calm and respect for the right of assembly in Turkey protests
Ongoing protests in Turkey have seen a sharp fall in inquiries for hotel rooms from holidaymakers.
Dozens of lawyers dragged from peaceful protest at Istanbul’s main courthouse as riot police attempt to quash demonstrations
Riot police in Turkey deployed teargas and water cannon in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square on Tuesday in a swoop aimed at quashing a fortnight of mass street protests against the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
As the police moved in on the nerve centre of the nationwide uprising, dozens of lawyers were dragged away from the city’s central courthouse in what appeared to be a flagrant abuse of human rights.
For years I did not speak up enough, but no more. I could lose everything, but I cannot live a dishonorable life any longer
I am scared. With every speech that prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gives, I feel the hatred and disgust against me and young people of my generation increase. All we are after is a bit of freedom, a bit of space to live and a few trees. It reminds me of a line from Jimi Hendrix’s If 6 Was 9: “I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
Leader is used to having things his own way but, civil society movement can no longer be suppressed, says Luke Harding
The assault was as brutal as it was predictable. On Friday and Saturday Erdoğan had hosted a European Union meeting in Istanbul. Rumour had it that Turkey’s prime minister would send in riot police to clear the demonstrators from Taksim Square ? which they had peacefully occupied for 12 days ? once his European guests had flown home.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan avait averti : sa patience a assez duré. A Taksim, la trève est terminée. Au petit matin, gaz lacrymogènes, balles en caoutchouc et camions à eau sont entrés en action…seulement pour débarrasser la place de ses bannières a indiqué le gouverneur. Il y aurait eu une centaine de blessés
The man whose reforms instituted unprecedented democratic freedoms can not, apparently, cope with their consequences
There is a bitter irony to events in Turkey. The man who told the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak before his fall that “no government can survive against the will of its people” dismissed his own civil movement as looters, riffraff and foreign agents. The man who sent the army back to its barracks, and pushed back the power of Turkey’s deep state, sent in riot police yesterday to arrest more than 50 lawyers protesting at police brutality. The man whose reforms instituted unprecedented democratic freedoms in Turkey can not, apparently, cope with their consequences.
?Respect? has become a new slogan tagged on walls all over the cities, and expressing the need for a return to civility and call for politeness in Turkish public life. Gezi occupation reveals to us all, how ?public square? becomes literally vital for our democracies.
A report and initial reflections by a vistor to Istanbul
Last week, I finally, I got through to my Turkish friends on Tuesday 4 June after the worst of the fighting. They said they were safe and that both Gezi park and also Taksim, Istanbul?s great square, was in the hands of protestors. I went as soon as I could, arriving Thursday evening June 6 and stayed until Monday. It was a halcyon moment between the police withdrawal and their counter-attack this morning. Without fluent Turkish I was not trying to report, and anyway there was no need there are plenty of accounts. Although I prepared to go behind the barricades early Friday morning when an attack was feared, my desire was not to fight or throw stones. I went to witness.