March 05, 2016

Turkey: After raiding newspaper, police tear gas, water cannon protestors

Victor LaszloRebel Commentator

Yesterday, Erdogan's government had the offices of opposition media, Today's Zaman, raided by large numbers of police.


Yahoo News also reports that police fired plastic bullets at anti-Erdogan protestors today in Istanbul.

Protestors are upset about the raids, and state bullying, of yet another main opposition media outlet in Turkey. 

Police used large amounts of tear gas, water cannon and plastic bullets to disperse around 500 people clapping in protest, an AFP photographer at the scene reported.

Before midnight on Friday, police also stepped in by using tear gas and water cannon to move away a hundreds-strong crowd that had formed outside the newspaper following a court order placing the media business under administration. 

One might almost imagine that an increase in adherence to Islam, as Erdogan has brought back to Turkey after a long successful period of secularism, seems commensurate with increased intolerance of opposition, and inversely so to diversity of opinion and personal liberty. 

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commented 2016-03-08 00:20:42 -0500
The press/media are not allowed to criticize the government?
How terribly disturbing that a dictator Prime Minister should be such a tyrant and suppress the once free media!
Reminiscent of Pravda, Russia’s communist party official free press… ha ha.

But wait…Canada’s own version of Pravda…the state broadcaster CBC, conveniently without direction from the Prime Minister, voluntarily sensor, suppress, block and flat out won’t allow any criticism of the Prime Minister or his government.
commented 2016-03-07 14:09:32 -0500
Turkey needs to be booted from NATO immediately!
commented 2016-03-07 01:30:00 -0500
Nathan is Islam the only thing that is not responsible for anything? Sorry but that is the reason, your denial does not change that.
commented 2016-03-06 17:09:40 -0500
@andriy Lh commented 19 hours ago
surprised by the amount of veiled women
Despite what the lame stream media will tell you – Turkey is an islamic country and becoming more hard line all the time.

Erdogan is an evil man and Turkey finances isis by purchasing their oil.

Once you get past the tourist facade when you land in Turkey it is a shit hole.

Literally like EVERY islamic country.

I now do not let my guys go there – because I consider the back country to be as dangerous as the other combat zones – and there is no allied help there if you need it.

Becoming a bad place.
commented 2016-03-06 13:05:23 -0500
Islam is to blame Nathan. Turkey is almost unrecognisable, and going down the toilet. Erdogan is the worst kind of apologist. He is paving the way for Islamists to take over Turkey. He doesn’t care. He thinks he’s going to fill his pockets with money from ISIS oil, but the monster is still Islam. We need to blow up the rest of their reserves, but Obama doesn’t want to contribute to global warming, what a pathetic clown.
commented 2016-03-06 02:02:18 -0500
Nathan W…..Facts! It throws all you and your leftist progressive fucktards naritive for loop doesn’t it?
commented 2016-03-05 22:11:26 -0500
surprised by the amount of veiled women
commented 2016-03-05 22:04:08 -0500
I was going to commend the rare fact-focused article, but no, you had to imply that Islam is to blame for Ergodan’s increasingly autocratic tendencies in office.