For the past few days, peaceful Turkish citizens have been protesting the demolition of Gezi Park in Taksim, Istanbul. One of the few green areas left in the center of Istanbul. The plan by the Erdogan-run AKP government is to build a large shopping center in its place.
International view of Turkey is a moderate Islamic country. A strong government, a good example of a predominantly Muslim nation as a shining beacon to Middle East and a growing economy.
Protestors have been called fascists, liars and fundamentalists by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. World should know that the protestors in Turkey are mothers, daughters, sons and fathers; lawyers, doctors, writers and workers; Muslims, Sunnis, Alevis and Christians; Turks, Kurds, Circassian and Laz; they are members of the public. They are just innocent people fed up with a government who denied their freedom of expression, belief, choice and life style. All they want is secularism; they want their gift of secularism back given to them by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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