Turkish Protesters Clash With Police for Third Day

The Slatest
Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
June 2 2013 3:17 PM

Turkish Protesters Clash With Police for Third Day

169812938
A protester throws a tear gas canister back at riot police as he takes part in a demonstration in Ankara, on Sunday

Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of protesters took part in street demonstrations in Turkey’s four biggest cities on Sunday and clashed with police for a third straight day. Despite some isolated clashes in what is widely being described as the largest anti-government protests in years, the atmosphere was “calmer and largely peaceful,” at least in Istanbul, reports the BBC. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan didn’t seem too concerned with inciting protesters further, accusing the opposition of orchestrating the demonstrations, and calling the crowds that have descended on Turkey’s streets as nothing more than “a few looters,” reports Reuters.

The huge protest in Taksim Square, where the unrest broke out Friday, largely broke up overnight Saturday, but it came back to life Sunday when some 10,000 people went into the area Sunday.  “Anyone not following events across Turkey might assume there was a big festival [in Taksim Square]: Live concerts, people singing and dancing,” writes the BBC’s Selin Girit.

Advertisement

Eager to show he was unfazed by the protests that have called for his resignation, Erdogan delivered two speeches and gave one television interview Sunday, reports the Associated Press. "There is now a menace which is called Twitter," Erdogan said. "The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society." Turks have largely been forced to rely on social media for coverage of the protests that have been largely ignored by local media.

Meanwhile, Syrian officials once again didn’t hide their delight at the situation in Turkey as authorities advised citizens of the country where approximately 80,000 have been killed in the ongoing civil war not to travel to neighboring Turkey because it’s too dangerous, reports Reuters. Syria’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement advising Syrians “against travel to Turkey for the time being for their own safety, because of the deteriorating security situation in several Turkish cities...and the violence of Erdogan's government against peaceful protesters.”

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

TODAY IN SLATE

Culturebox

The End of Pregnancy

And the inevitable rise of the artificial womb.

Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in New York City

How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Took Control of the Entire Porn Industry

The Hot New Strategy for Desperate Democrats

Blame China for everything.

The Questions That Michael Brown’s Autopsies Can’t Answer

Foreigners

Kiev Used to Be an Easygoing Place

Now it’s descending into madness.

Technology

Don’t Just Sit There

How to be more productive during your commute.

There Has Never Been a Comic Book Character Like John Constantine

Which Came First, the Word Chicken or the Word Egg?

  News & Politics
The Slate Quiz
Oct. 24 2014 12:10 AM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 23 2014 5:53 PM Amazon Investors Suddenly Bearish on Losing Money
  Life
Outward
Oct. 23 2014 5:08 PM Why Is an Obscure 1968 Documentary in the Opening Credits of Transparent?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Working
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 6:55 PM A Goodfellas Actor Sued The Simpsons for Stealing His Likeness. Does He Have a Case?
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 23 2014 11:47 PM Don’t Just Sit There How to be more productive during your commute.
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 23 2014 5:42 PM Seriously, Evolution: WTF? Why I love the most awkward, absurd, hacked-together species.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.