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The Next Civil War: Turkey?

Via BBC:

There is an uneasy calm in central Istanbul after a night of clashes which saw Turkish riot police disperse anti-government demonstrators.

Taksim Square, the focus of days of protest, is now largely cleared.

But protesters have regrouped in nearby Gezi Park. Its proposed redevelopment sparked anger that has widened into nationwide anti-government unrest.

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said there will be no tolerance of people he accuses of seeking to harm Turkey.

The demonstrators accuse Mr Erdogan of becoming increasingly authoritarian and trying to impose conservative Islamic values on a secular state. . .


I just don't know how much support the anti-Sharia protesters have in the rest of the country. Erdogan is a politician and he was moving away from the secular for a reason, and that sounds like it spells trouble. - Greg Pollowitz


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