Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mighta jumped the gun on hope for Turkey

Not looking good for the home team in Turkey:
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's prime minister issued a "final warning" to protesters on Thursday, demanding they end their occupation of a park next to Istanbul's Taksim Square that has ignited the largest political crisis of his 10-year rule.
Despite the ultimatum by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, thousands of activists camping out in Gezi Park dug in for a potential culmination of their two-week standoff with authorities.
The Associated Press seemed hopeful that a Rodney King moment could be reached and that everyone would just get along, because the dictator "was to meet late Thursday night with some representatives of the protesters occupying the park."  The AP did not seem to notice what it reported later in its own story:
"We have arrived at the end of our patience," Erdogan told local party leaders in Ankara, the capital. "I am giving you my final warning," he said, directing his comments toward the protesters."
No offense, AP, but that doesn't sound like he wants to sing "Kumbaya" when he meets with protest leaders. Sounds to me like he is going to tell them to go home or get ready for him to go big.

Don't they look like they just want a hug?

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