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Sunday, June 16, 2013 

Recep Erdogan thinks it's his oh-so sacred duty to end protests against him

The sick Turkish premier has gone about justifying his actions against opposition to his totalitarian rule:
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday it was his "duty" to order riot police to evict activists occupying an Istanbul park that became a center of defiance against his rule, even as the government crackdown continued across town with tear gas fired at protesters trying to regroup.

In a thunderous speech to hundreds of thousands of supporters in western Istanbul, Erdogan also railed against foreign media coverage of the unrest amid criticism over his government's handling of the protests that left his international image battered, and exposed deep rifts within Turkish society. [...]

Protesters are angry over the eviction of overwhelmingly peaceful activists at Gezi Park, next to Taksim Square, who oppose government plans to rip down its trees and erect a replica Ottoman-era barracks. But the protests quickly spiraled into a widespread denunciation of what many say is Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian way of governing, charges he vehemently denies.
Sad he's got his share of supporters. They're all misleading and deluding themselves. The man is nothing more than a tyrant, plain and simple, and should be deposed from his premiership.

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