Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan met with a number of hand-picked critics in a televised emergency meeting late Thursday night. Hours later, Turkey announced it will suspend plans to bulldoze Gezi Park until a court has ruled on the project.
In 2013, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Turkey to protest Erdogan’s authoritarian policies. The memory of those days is still present in the current presidential election campaign.
A month before Turkish national and presidential elections, the mood in the opposition brings to mind the atmosphere of the Gezi protests five years ago, and artists, actors and writers keep fighting for change.
The US Embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, has been targeted by gunfire. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman has condemned the attack. Two suspects have been arrested.
Police in Istanbul have again intervened in a rally by a group seeking justice for relatives who disappeared in the 1980s and 1990s. Critics see the police action as another sign of Turkey's slide into authoritarianism.
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