Turkey seeks arrests over 2013 protests

Five years after the fact, Turkey is issuing arrest warrants over the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Istanbul that posed a threat to then-PM Erdogan’s rule, Voice of America reports. Prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for a now-exiled actor, Mehmet Ali Alabora; a now-exiled journalist, Can Dundar; and for civil society activists, in connection with the protests that began over plans to turn Gezi Park into a shopping mall and transformed into broader resistance against Erdogan’s government. The article suggest that, with Turkey headed for an economic downturn, Erdogan is uneasy about the about the threat of renewed protests in Turkey. And with civil unrest currently erupting in France, Erdogan is referring to the French protesters as “terrorists.”

 

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