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Brutal Crack Down on Peaceful Environmental Protest

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We are currently witnessing a good example of how an authoritarian government can start digging a hole with walls ready to cave in for itself.

Three days ago, there were less than thirty of our Ayaspasa Neighborhood Environmental Group, a part of the Taksim Platform, keeping a night watch in their tents over a group of 50-100 year old trees at the edge of Taksim Park.

At about 5 AM in the morning, a large robocop force with huge water cannons and pepper gas came on the scene, kicked the sleping watchers awake, forced them out of their tents and ordered them to sit on a side in a group. Then, before saying anythingelse to anyone, they proceeded to douze them with the water cannon and spray the scatterers with pepper gas. Next, 6-19 drees were chopped totally and the roots dug up sparately by buldozers.

The news was spread on the social media and by 9 AM, there were 2-300 people on the scene, followed by two members from opposition parties. The police attacked again, causing the collapse of wall which injured some people who had taken refuge there, killing one, and wounding a number of others including the two MPs at a later showdown
on Saturday.

Today, the crowds may have grown to hundred thousand or more at different parts of the city, tens of thousands at other cities like Ankara, Izmir, Eskisehir, Bursa, Adana, Afyon, Bodrum, Edirne, Tekirdag also gathering to show solidarity.

I could not stop my daughter, a hitherto uncaring lady of 33 and her fiance from joining and neither a nephew who is only sixteen.

The Prime Minister spoke to the Associateion of Turkish Exporters a few hours ago on Sunday afternoon, saying that this was just a few extremist groups who were hoping for political benefits, how everybody loved him and his party, that he was going to have police there today and tomorrow and would to assist in the security of the people.
We live in the area and have to keep all windows closed to protect ourselves from pepper gas; we see running people; only a few TV channels have the courage to broadcast live coverage.
3G coverage, police and tourist cameras are shut for public use;
A coded network is on the way to being shut down because they carry opposing TV channels;
hundreds injured;
we do not know how many lives lost
no evidence of any violence against the police
lots of photos on international media of police spraying environmentalists directly in the eye or shootin at them with tear gas guns and hitting them in the head and upper torso with the canisters.

Lots of Info on Twitter, facebook and all news channels.

Here are the questions :

1. Will this become the end of the Prime Minister and another Tahrir Square?
2. How could he have gotten out of it before it became so wide spread?
3. Why didn't he do it?
4. Why is he still defiant?
5. Is he hoping that the United States will help him out of this difficult situation?

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