Protests against Turkish government
A clash between police and demonstrators in Turkey has turned into a week-long movement against the Turkish government. On May 28 at Taksim Gezi Park, an urban recreational area in Istanbul, demonstrators rallied to oppose the government-approved redevelopment plan of the park — including the removal of trees and building a shopping mall. A riot erupted that has triggered more demonstrations across the country. Hundreds of people have now been arrested and injured. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s leadership in reaction to dissidents is under scrutiny as a public angered by his authoritarian style grows, and support of opposing Erdogan has spread beyond Turkey’s borders in European and U.S. demonstrations.