Turkey protests

Turkey crisis undermines PM’s high-profile EU visit

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Xinhua

A high-profile Brussels visit this week by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, originally intended to highlight a new era in EU-Turkey ties, may instead wind up underscoring mutual tension over Ankara’s political crisis.

Sunday, 19 January, 2014, 10:46am

Turkey detains 20 over anti-government protests

Protesters run from the jet from a water cannon on Taksim square in Istanbul. Photo: AFP

Turkish anti-terrorism police detained 20 people in raids in the capital Ankara on Tuesday in connection with weeks of anti-government protests across the country, media reports said.

25 Jun 2013 - 6:03pm

'Standing man' inspires silent opposition in Turkey

Turkish protesters cast shadows as they stand in Taksim Square during a "standing man" protest. Photo: EPA

By lunchtime in the waterfront district of Besiktas in Istanbul, Ismail Orhan had been standing silently under a yellow parasol in the blistering heat for more than four hours.

"We'll be here for weeks, for months," said the 25-year-old, as office workers used their lunch break to join him in a new wave of passive resistance to the authorities.

19 Jun 2013 - 10:39pm

Battle for Turkey's Taksim Square rages on

Protesters trying to return to Taksim Square after Saturday night's sweep are repelled by riot police firing tear gas. Photo: EPA

Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons yesterday at demonstrators trying to return to Istanbul's main square, maintaining a hard line against rekindled protests as the prime minister's supporters prepared to rally across town.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:59am

Turkish protesters vow to stay put in park, despite PM's concession

A protester on an overturned car in Gezi Park. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's offer to halt the redevelopment of Gezi Park - that ignited the protests - was presented as a major concession, but after conferring all night the protesters said their movement was about something bigger than a conservation struggle.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:53am

Turkish PM Erdogan holds emergency talks with protest leaders

An anti-government protester looks to Taksim Square at Gezi Park in Istanbul. Photo: AFP

Turkish protest leaders held emergency talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan overnight after demonstrators rejected his “last warning” to evacuate an Istanbul park at the centre of mass anti-government demos.

14 Jun 2013 - 12:02pm

Turkey may hold referendum to end Istanbul park protest

Turkish protestors and riot policemen clash on June 1, 2013, during a protest against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park, in Taksim Square in Istanbul, Photo: AFP

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he would consider holding a referendum on plans to redevelop an Istanbul park that have sparked nationwide protests, in his first major concession in nearly two weeks of anti-government unrest.

13 Jun 2013 - 12:45pm

Uneasy calm settles over Taksim Square after night of violence

Protesters standing behind a barricade clash with riot police during a protest at Taksim Square. Photo: Reuters

An uneasy calm returned to Istanbul’s protest square early on Wednesday after running clashes between riot police and protesters, as Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed zero tolerance for the mass demos.

12 Jun 2013 - 12:08pm

Turkish riot police storm Taksim Square protest site

Flames from a fire bomb scorch a protester in Istanbul. Three people have been killed since protests erupted on May 31. Photo: EPA

Riot police stormed Istanbul's protest square yesterday, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet protest leaders.

12 Jun 2013 - 1:49am

Letters to the Editor, June 12, 2013

Jailed activist Wang Bingzhang in 1998. Photo: Reuters

Loss of ESF subvention disastrous

The informative lead story ("ESF considers school places for companies", June 8) highlights the now-terminal state of affordable education for non-Chinese-speaking children in Hong Kong.

Both residents and permanent residents in Hong Kong will be the losers.

7 May 2015 - 3:18pm

Turkey PM Erdogan to meet protest leaders as demonstrations go on

A boy jumps over fire during clashes in the Gazi district of Istanbul on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday agreed to meet with protest leaders whose mass anti-government demonstrations have rocked the country, in his first major concession since the deadly unrest began nearly two weeks ago.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Turkey protesters clash with police in tenth day of unrest

Riot police fire water cannons at anti-government protesters in central Ankara. Photo: Reuters

The new clashes raised pressure on Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted conservative government after he ordered an end to the protests, which have thrown up the fiercest challenge to his decade of rule.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:25pm

How they see it

Turkish protesters, waving posters of Turkey's founder Kemal Ataturk, gather at Kizilay Square in Ankara, Turkey. Photo: AP

It started with a small protest over the decision to pave over a small park in Istanbul. But that decision and the Ankara government's heavy-handed reaction has sparked the most violent riots that Turkey has experienced in decades.

9 Jun 2013 - 7:12am

Expats rally in Hong Kong in solidarity for Turkish protests

Expats fly the Turkish flag on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. About 50 protesters met near the clock tower yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

As civil unrest continues to grip main cities in Turkey, members of Hong Kong's Turkish expatriate community gathered along the Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront yesterday to show solidarity for their compatriots.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:27am

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's misjudgment of protesters could cost him power

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has walked Turkey's political stage unchallenged for a decade, bringing powerful generals to heel and driving economic success that has changed the face of the country, spreading its influence across the region.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:19am