I don't know how Obama supporters square this and his consistent pattern of siding with savages (Egypt, Libya, Tunisia ….). This is Obama's favorite foreign "ally." Dictator mentality.
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Erdogan’s Police May Be Using Chemical CR Gas on Protesters (Video) Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, The Jewish Press (hat tip Sara)
Turkey is burning. Nine days of riots. Three dead. Erdogan’s police
arrest society’s enemy – Twitters. Now, a Turkish doctor charges police
are using Condoleezza Rice gas, a chemical agent.
A Turkish doctor has charged that her patients who have suffered
from tear gas fired by police show signs associated with CR gas,
classified by the U.S. Army as a combat class chemical weapon that can
cause serious side effects and can be lethal.
CR gas was developed the British and was used in Northern Ireland and
is used in riot control today in Egypt and Israel, but its use in
Turkey was not documented until Wednesday. The use may be legal, but if
it is being deployed, the Erdogan government has kept it under wraps and
prevented people from knowing.
Police sprayed gas, either the usual CS tear gas or CR gas, on
protesters Wednesday as the riots continued after nine days, and the
death toll has climbed to three.
The government had instructed police to use restraint, but police
violence was seen in Ankara where unions called for a solidarity strike
in sympathy with Gezi Park demonstrations.
Police also used water cannons to disperse demonstrators, and among
those arrested were the Ankara bureau chief for a television channel and
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following the pattern of
Hosni Mubarak and Basher al-Assad, among others, has called protesters
“terrorists” and has placed the blamed for the riots primarily on users
of social networks. His police arrested 25 people early Wednesday for
the high crime of tweeting “misinformation.”
“This is a protest organized by extremist elements,” Erdogan said Monday a press conference.
“Have they already banned freedom of opinion and I have not heard
about it?” tweeted one user, (at)CRustemov, as the news spread. “What on
earth does it mean to get detained over Twitter!”
Thousands of people have been detained since the beginning of the protests, but most of them have been freed.
“We will not give away anything to those who live arm-in-arm with terrorism.”
Hopes by Erdogan that the violence would end, after his deputy prime
minister Bulent Arinc apologized for police violence on Tuesday, have
No one expects Turkey to follow Middle East countries that have seen
revolutions topple their rulers following Arab Spring demonstrations,
but Erdogan has been acting like the deposed rulers.
“He’s not been behaving rationally at all,” Gareth Jenkins, an
Istanbul-based researcher with the Silk Road Studies Program at John
Hopkins University, told US Today Wednesday. “He appears to be
becoming almost delusional and refusing to accept the reality that these
protests are mainly spontaneous and are being organized by small groups
of people who’ve never engaged in politics before.”
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