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Turkish protesters continue strike against “injustice” despite Erdogan’s offer

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Al Ahed news

Turkish protesters stated that they would remain in Gezi Park on Saturday to protest against “injustice and unfairness” in spite of the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s offer to suspend the park’s demolition.

Erdogan’s offered to halt Gezi Park’s demolition that ignited the protests two weeks ago, but the protesters had conferred all night and declared that their movement was about something bigger than a conservation struggle.

“We will continue our resistance in the face of any injustice and unfairness taking place in our country,” the Taksim Solidarity group mentioned in a statement. “This is only the beginning.”

The group further said that the government had failed to address their list of demands, including a call for arrested demonstrators to be released and for police chiefs to be sacked.

Tens of thousands of supporters of Erodgan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are expected to take to the streets of the capital for an election rally later on Saturday.

Nearly 7,500 people have been injured and four killed in the turmoil.
“The general opinion is to resist,” said 20-year-old medicine student Pelin on her way to the park.

Since the beginning of the protests, Mohammad Nourieddine, expert in Turkish affairs told English al-Ahed News, “[Gezi Park] was a trigger. People are fed with [Erdogan]. Changing the features of Taksim square was the spark that ignited the Turkish uprising.”

“There are demands related to the Taksim square and Gezi Park, but other demands are purely political, such as showing respect to the Alawites in Turkey – especially when Erdogan named a bridge after Sultan Salim who killed Alawites and civilians – and changing the government’s stance towards Syria,” Nourieddine had told our website.

“This uprising is against the attempts of Islamizing the government into a racial, sectarian, and non-democratic regime,” he viewed.

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