Protests in Turkey – Police Respond With Brutality (photos)

by Scott Creighton (H/T David, Webster, and Turks)

UPDATE:

What started as an effort to save a park from neoliberal privatization in Istanbul has lit an underbrush of anti-government anger over Turkey’s support of NATO backed terrorists in Syria and other issues. It’s spreading to other cities as Erdogan’s government arrests dozens and gases still more in a spiraling effort to regain the control that is slipping from their grasp.

I gotta give credit when and where it is due and Webster Tarpley (my well documented differences with him aside) called it a year ago. He said Erdogan was making a deal with the devil in expectation of being the next great sultan of the Middle East and what he was going to get instead would be deep seated unrest and eventual banishment like Mubarack and Ben Ali before him. And it looks like that is exactly what is happening.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has suddenly found himself in the deep rough with no good shot to get out.

He appears to have joined up with the NATO destabilization campaign a little over a year ago and when he did, Webster Tarpley was the first to say publicly that it was going to hurt him in the end. And Webster was right. Back then Erdogan was having almost daily talks with President Obama while he was being wooed into the scheme. Big business started flocking to Turkey and the mercenaries and Special Ops forces moved in on the border to manage hit and run operations in northern Syria. For a while it worked. But then Assad and the Syrian people rallied and the tide turned and suddenly Obama was asking more and more of Turkey in order to help sell a full blown NATO bombing campaign to the world.

In one instance, FSA thugs lobbed a few mortars into a Turkish border town. Then a couple of months ago, car bombs blew up and they suddenly tried to blame Assad himself. That story petered out when it became clear to everyone including Turks that it was actually the very same terrorists who Erdogan and Obama are funding, not Assad, who did it.

And a couple days ago, worse news: more of those same Erdogan supported terrorists were caught in Turkey with sarin gas, and God only knows who the targeted victims were going to be.

The problem with signing up to help al-Qaeda linked terrorists destabilize your neighbor is eventually you are going to have to get your hands dirty as well. Or should I say “dirtier”?

The people of Turkey have had enough. They’ve had enough of neoliberal austerity and they’ve had enough of Erdogan’s support of terrorists who kill Turks now as well as Syrians. They’ve had it and they are starting to take to the streets.

David Hazan sent me an email pointing out the unrest taking place in Turkey today. It’s almost another Tahrir Square situation that is developing, though not quite as large just yet. Here’s a link that David shared with me. Some great photos.

When you live in a country that openly supports the use of terrorism as a legitimate form of foreign policy you can expect a certain reaction from your government when you as a people decide you’ve had enough. The people of Egypt learned that lesson as did the people of Jordan and Yemen and Tunisia. The Occupy Movement learned that lesson here in America recently. The new generation had to relearn it after the Civil Rights movement and the Anti-War movements did back in the 50’s and 60’s.

The people of Saudi Arabia have always known it.

The evil you perpetrate overseas will always come back home. It’s not “blow-back”, it’s policy. If human life is so worthless to the Vichy servants of the masters of the universe who run your country that they will kill, maim and terrorize people across the pond in the name of “national interests” (a.k.a. “money”) they will inevitably place the same worthless value on the lives of their own constituents when ordered to do so by those same “national interests”

In Turkey, the government is cracking down on dissent. Peaceful protests are being attacked with chemical weapons (various forms of teargas), water cannons and old fashioned clubs.

Some of the photos appear to show police spraying protesters with what appears to be a brownish water. It could be that is a tactic they imported from Israel recently who have taken to spraying Palestinian areas with raw sewage, which of course could easily constitute the use of a biological agent since sewage can easily make people very sick.

Protests started two weeks ago against the government in response to the car bombings and they are apparently growing. One protest started as a sit-in to protect one of the last public parks in Istanbul. Erdogan wants to privatize it, hand it over to developers for some kind of shopping mall. They’ve been there for a couple of days and the police rolled in to clear them out violently.

Now the protests are expanding. The violence of the Erdogan police state is compelling more and more people to take to the streets to say that is enough. The pictures are striking to say the least.

So I gotta give it to Tarpley, he got it right. The people of Turkey were only going to take so much before breaking and it looks as if this last move, clearing these protesters from their park in such a way, may be that spark that ignites them.

A tip of the hat to Tarpley and one as well to David for the head’s up.

And a big tip of the hat to the people of Turkey. One of these days, we might even grow a pair and join you.

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20 Responses

  1. Scott… Great article that summarizes the situation really well… And I am really glad to see you give credit to Tarpley on this… His political views and suggested solutions aside, I have read and listened to him for long years and have not heard better or more accurate analysis of the Arab Spring and the destabilization campaigns, or any international affair for that matter. Maybe one day we can have a discussion about him because he is an interesting case for sure. (I know you are pissed at him for helping Obama get elected.. but that is a whole other discussion)

    But, going back to Turkey…

    Most of the Arab countries have been fully or semi-autonomously under Turkish rule for quite a few hundred years, and, although the Turks don’t think very highly of the nomadic Arabs of the Arabian Peninsula, their historical and cultural ties with the Syrian, Iraqi, Egyptian and in fact Libyan and Algerian peoples are still quite strong.

    So, the majority of the Turks feel that the Erdogan government has hijacked the republic, misled the people, and has made the nation a lapdog of the US interests. But, more importantly, especially in the aftermath of the downing of the Turkish fighter jet a year ago, they have finally realized how active of a role Turkey was playing in the destabilization and invasion of Syria.

    They feel that Erdogan has actively caused the deaths of some 90,000 Syrian innocents in their name… Besides the obvious guilt trip that arose from this discovery (or realization) they are also becoming aware that, regardless of the outcome of the conflict, there is now a deep wedge between their neighbors, brothers and sisters, separated by only a 100 years, and a fake border implemented by the British as they were slicing and dicing the region at the beginning of 20th century.

    The reconciliation of this much blood spilled and this many deaths takes centuries, sometimes millennia…

    What a damn shame….

  2. Erdogan and others say theyre outraged when Assad supposedly cracked down on ‘peacful protestors’ in 2011….he didnt,,,but we see Erdogan doing just that in turkey! so will we seea jijad organised against Erdogan?

    proof Turkish regime orchestrated the bombings in Reyhanli, shows repressive nature of the erdogan regime

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-role-of-turkey-in-the-us-nato-israeli-war-on-syria/5336827

  3. […] on Friday. Riot police descended on the protestors with various forms of tear gas (and possibly worse chemical and biological agents — raw sewage?) and water cannon, blasting everyone and everything […]

  4. that WAS a good shot by the water cannon guy, tho.

    • Watched it more then once and I am glad the repeat showed imo this was a very unlucky position to stand in.

      • sorry, not glad, but this stuff is becoming so delicate, that individual response does count. I think this was not entirely deliberate but group think is very much the binding force of the SS, the Schutz Staffel. Nevertheless In a top down, things like this can happen, in the sense of curbing mass hysteria and I believe this notion is somewhat the understandable excuse of the many rejecting conspiracy theory.
        Top down by itself – is likely a bearable excuse (for the many/us), to totalitarian birth! The excuse for not being entirely responsible.
        The aggression here might look and even be mutual, although on one side activ, propassive on the other. Looking at this is sad, but not entirely hopeless…

      • So, when the hippies put flowers in the barrels, this might well have been social engeneering by the ¨agency¨, but the positive message/propaganda, was fomented if you will from setting the mind – in to positive. This revolutionary idea of neoGandhi trickery, might prove a valuable tool by the estimation of the ongoing regime change psy- op.
        Blogs like this, in a very near future, might prove the point of being flowers stopping up barrels by the mere color scale of its petals…

        • ¨Blogs like this, in a very near future, might prove the point of being flowers stopping up barrels by the mere color scale of its petals…¨
          Excuse me for falling into traps all the while perhaps disseminating falsehoods.
          But direction was not mentioned in my analogy and of course that would prove crucial, but even concerning flowers I woul be amiss to know of general direction.
          Fascism pits you against me, him against him – the long arm(watercanon) is the means and the dividing factor by forcing the human to take position

  5. […] on Friday. Riot police descended on the protestors with various forms of tear gas (and possibly worse chemical […]

  6. […] Friday. Riot police descended on the protestors with various forms of tear gas (and possibly worse chemical and biological agents — raw sewage?) and water cannon, blasting everyone and […]

  7. […] on Friday. Riot police descended on the protestors with various forms of tear gas (and possibly worse chemical and biological agents — raw sewage?) and water cannon, blasting everyone and […]

  8. […] on Friday. Riot police descended on the protestors with various forms of tear gas (and possibly worse chemical and biological agents — raw sewage?) and water cannon, blasting everyone and everything […]

  9. […] on Friday. Riot police descended on the protestors with various forms of tear gas (and possibly worse chemical and biological agents — raw sewage?) and water cannon, blasting everyone and […]

  10. […] Friday. Riot police descended on the protestors with various forms of tear gas (and possiblyworse chemical and biological agents — raw sewage?) and water cannon, blasting everyone and […]

  11. The protestors should apply to NATO for heavy machine guns, no fly zones and heavy artillery support like what the SFA are getting. They won’t get very far waving banners!

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