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    There are reports of serious unrest in Turkey after police used baton charges, tear gas and water cannisters to clear protestors from Taksim Square in central Istanbul. The protests had entered their fourth day as the demonstrators were angry about plans to develop parts of Taksim Square. The police moved in and arrested dozens. What started out as an environmental protest has changed into that of a political tone. There are reports tonight that the protests have spread to the capital, Ankara and Izmir. There is widespread anger and discontent at Erdogan's government. Many different groups have joined the demonstrations. Could Turkey see its own version of the Arab Spring which has been engulfing its Mid East neighbours for over two years. Or is Turkey on the verge of a revolution?

    BBC News - Turkey police clash with Istanbul Gezi Park protesters

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe...443894367.html

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    Eh No - riots in Taksim Square are a regular occurance
    Next question?

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    Is Harry P. Nass still in Istanbul?

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    No, he's right lads,

    The Furbs heard about this earlier, it's no joke,

    The cops were ordered to put it down, by whatever means,

    Military bused in too, apparently (unconfirmed)

    Tear gas and OC deployed at random,

    The OP has a point,

    Turkey will light up, its building,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partizan View Post
    There are reports of serious unrest in Turkey after police used baton charges, tear gas and water cannisters to clear protestors from Taksim Square in central Istanbul. The protests had entered their fourth day as the demonstrators were angry about plans to develop parts of Taksim Square. The police moved in and arrested dozens. What started out as an environmental protest has changed into that of a political tone. There are reports tonight that the protests have spread to the capital, Ankara and Izmir. There is widespread anger and discontent at Erdogan's government. Many different groups have joined the demonstrations. Could Turkey see its own version of the Arab Spring which has been engulfing its Mid East neighbours for over two years. Or is Turkey on the verge of a revolution?

    BBC News - Turkey police clash with Istanbul Gezi Park protesters

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe...443894367.html
    You had better hope that Turkey does not blow.

    That is one country where the ramifications will be felt directly in every country in Europe.

    The Arab Spring we could ignore or just bomb if we wanted to. Turkey is different. Turkey has a modern military on a par with quite a few European powers. Also the Turkish economy is quite large and mostly dominant in the region. Any upset in Turkey is going to have major effects in Southern European, Balkans and Eastern Europe, let alone countries with large Turkish minorities.

    This could effect everything from tee-shirts to computers coming into Europe. Izmir, is a major re-distrubtion port for European suppliers for goods coming from China.

    The present leadership in Turkey I would love to see removed to be blunt as they are a bunch of fundementalist nutcases. However revolution in Turkey carries risks for all of Europe, not just Turkey and its neighbours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ribeye View Post
    No, he's right lads,

    The Furbs heard about this earlier, it's no joke,

    The cops were ordered to put it down, by whatever means,

    Military bused in too, apparently (unconfirmed)

    Tear gas and OC deployed at random,

    The OP has a point,

    Turkey will light up, its building,
    I really hope it doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemesiscorporation View Post
    I really hope it doesn't.
    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemesiscorporation View Post
    You had better hope that Turkey does not blow.

    That is one country where the ramifications will be felt directly in every country in Europe.

    The Arab Spring we could ignore or just bomb if we wanted to. Turkey is different. Turkey has a modern military on a par with quite a few European powers. Also the Turkish economy is quite large and mostly dominant in the region. Any upset in Turkey is going to have major effects in Southern European, Balkans and Eastern Europe, let alone countries with large Turkish minorities.

    This could effect everything from tee-shirts to computers coming into Europe. Izmir, is a major re-distrubtion port for European suppliers for goods coming from China.

    The present leadership in Turkey I would love to see removed to be blunt as they are a bunch of fundementalist nutcases. However revolution in Turkey carries risks for all of Europe, not just Turkey and its neighbours.
    Absolutely. Any revolution in Turkey will have huge knock on effects for Europe for reasons you outlined. There has been anger slowly building against Erdogan for the past while. The protests in Taksim which started out as an environmental one has manifested itself into a political one which has been joined by many groups and has spread to other cities. I think the torch has been lit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partizan View Post
    Absolutely. Any revolution in Turkey will have huge knock on effects for Europe for reasons you outlined. There has been anger slowly building against Erdogan for the past while. The protests in Taksim which started out as an environmental one has manifested itself into a political one which has been joined by many groups and has spread to other cities. I think the torch has been lit.
    What huge knock on effects?

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