The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is maintaining a hardline against protesters, after clearing Gezi Park. The symbol of weeks of protests in Istanbul is empty -- for now.
Demonstrators had attempted to defy a government ban on holding events in the symbolic square. The confrontation occurred shortly after a new round of internationally-criticized sackings among the Turkish civil service.
The Turkish president has vowed to push ahead with a controversial development in Istanbul's Gezi Park. The project sparked violent mass protests in 2013 that left several dead and thousands injured.
The Gezi Park protests shook Turkey three years ago, leaving 11 people dead and thousands injured. While five murder suspects are on trial, there has been criticism alleging biased proceedings.
Although the opposition fared well at the Turkish referendum, fear is growing in Turkey. Making art is extraordinarily difficult, says German author and playwright Moritz Rinke - but critical voices are needed there.
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