Police exercised ?excessive force? in trying to quell the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul and İzmir
When city authorities in Istanbul attempted to quash the initiative of a public-spirited citizen who painted a set of public steps in bright colors, their heavy handed response started a new wave of protests.
Redirecting his wrath from the interest lobby to the EU, PM Erdoğan accuses the 28-member bloc of conducting a ?smear campaign? against Ankara
EU Parliament?s rapporteur Ria Oomen-Ruijten calls on Turkish government to guarantee the right of protests as she brings the EU intake on the much debated Gezi interventions.