lol during the royal wedding the scots disappointed the uk with having fun where the police were to blame, fuck the police....they even beat firemen and hinder ambulances from doing their job. they beat and arrest soldiers at will. the police are a problem and show no soul
The initial Istanbul protests were led by environmentalists against replacing Taksim Gezi Park with a reconstruction of the historic Taksim Military Barracks (demolished in 1940), with the possibility of housing a shopping mall. The protests developed into riots when a group occupying the park was attacked by police. The subject of the protests have since broadened beyond the development of Taksim Gezi Park, developing into wider anti-government demonstrations.
Erdoğan gave a speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge on 29 May where he said "Whatever you do, we've made our decision and we will implement it," referring to the government's decision to cut down Gezi Park's trees in Taksim Square in order to rebuild the Ottoman-era Taksim Military Barracks (which had been demolished in 1940). The government planned to replace the barracks and Gezi Park with a replica of Ottoman-era army barracks housing a shopping mall.
Since 2011, the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has increased restrictions on freedom of speech, freedom of the press and internet use, alcohol consumption, abortion and television content, as well as freedom of assembly. Parliamentarians of the ruling party also opposed extension of LGBT rights in Turkey during a 29 May debate. The government's stance on the civil war in Syria is another cause of the social tension in the country. The government has been seen as increasingly Islamist and authoritarian, with a party official stating in April 2013 that he expected the party to lose liberal support.
According to Koray Çalişkan, a political scientist at Istanbul's Boğaziçi University, the protests are "a turning point for the AKP. Erdoğan is a very confident and very authoritarian politician, and he doesn't listen to anyone anymore. But he needs to understand that Turkey is no kingdom, and that he cannot rule Istanbul from Ankara all by himself.