Turkish Protesters: We're Not Going Anywhere
They reject government's park offer
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 15, 2013 6:36 AM CDT
A protester sleeping on a bench is covered with umbrellas at Gezi Park, Taksim Square in Istanbul early Saturday, June 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

(Newser) – Yesterday, Turkey's government offered to stop pushing the redevelopment of Istanbul's Gezi Park until after a court ruling; today, protesters say that's not enough. They plan to hold their ground, they say, per the BBC: "We will continue our resistance in the face of any injustice and unfairness taking place in our country," says the Taksim Solidarity Group of demonstrators. "This is only the beginning." The decision comes after Taksim Solidarity members discussed the government's offer with fellow protesters, prompting calls of "Cowards! Liars! Sheep!" the New York Times reports.

"The government thinks the solidarity group represents all of us, and the rest are extremists and terrorists, but that is just not true," says a protester. "We do not have a representative." The stance could pave the way for new clashes with police, the Times notes. The capital, Ankara, saw just such action last night as police cleared protesters with tear gas and water cannons; some 30 protesters were reportedly arrested, the BBC notes.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Jun 15, 2013 5:13 PM CDT
The nation of Turkey will always represent the toilet of the world with Iran and N.Korea being the cesspool. I guess that makes Somalia the lateral lines. One of my favorite movies is, "Midnight Express." That's because Turkey considers it an insult while I consider it a true documentary.
Lefty_Libby
Jun 15, 2013 1:38 PM CDT
The resistance better rethink the idea of Solidarity representation. Erdogan has amassed a decade of authoritarian power, and wants Turkey as a pearl of Muslim theocracy. The country is divided 50/50 between rural conservatives and urban modernists. It'll take leadership, focus, and possibly civil war to stymy Erdogan's New Ottoman Empire.
ChicagoScott
Jun 15, 2013 7:11 AM CDT
Didn't Occupy Wall Street say the same thing? Say, whatever happened to them?