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Turkey: Protest Tide

Opposition is growing against the Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan’s hard-line stance.

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Voted into office by more than half the electorate, the minority in the country says his style is too authoritarian. For days now, hundreds of thousands of people have been demonstrating against his government in Turkey’s largest cities. In many places, the protestors have clashed with police. In recent years, they say, he has ignored democratic values. They say he has ruled as he pleased by tightening up restrictions on drinking alcohol, carrying out enormous building projects regardless of the consequences, and having critical students and journalists arrested. Now, even within his own party, resistance against the head of government is growing.