Police say NGOs, artists, media fomented tension in Gezi protests

In the 190-page report, the police accuse Turkish media outlets critical of the government; international media outlets, some civil society organizations and opposition parties of fomenting tension.

Police say NGOs, artists, media fomented tension in Gezi protests

World Bulletin/News Desk

The National Police Department has prepared a 190-page report looking into the Gezi Park demonstrations and has sent it to the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.

The Gezi Park demonstrations began last month in protest of government plans to demolish the park in İstanbul's Taksim Square. The demonstrations spread nationwide due to excessive use of force by the police in response to the protest and resulted in five deaths as well as injuring thousands.

In the 190-page report, the police accuse Turkish media outlets that are critical of the government; international media outlets such as the Economist magazine, CNN and BBC; civil society organizations and opposition parties of fomenting tension during the protests.

The protests dominated the headlines of major foreign news outlets worldwide after they spread to other cities in a short period of time due to the police use of pepper spray, tear gas and water cannons to disperse the thousands of people who had joined the protests.

The report also said the demonstrations began with democratic demands but were later hijacked by terror organizations and marginal groups.

According to the police report, 104 workplaces, 28 official buildings and 48 bank offices nationwide were damaged during the protests and 21 ATMs and 74 automobiles were rendered unusable.

The police said the demonstrations were started to incite a public revolt by creating an environment of chaos and challenging the constitutional order.

The Office of the Prime Ministry building, Parliament, the presidential palace, the prime minister's official residence, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's house in Keçiören, Justice and Development Party (AK Party) headquarters and AK Party offices in Ankara were all subjected to attempted attacks, the report said.

“Anti-government press outlets, journalists, civil society organizations, fan clubs of football teams, members of the arts world and marginal groups incited the protests and manipulated them,” added the report, noting that opposition party members also took to the streets in order to provoke the demonstrators and support them.

The government was planning to redevelop Gezi Park area as part of a project called “Topçu Kışlası,” which included the demolition of the green space and constructing an Ottoman-style barracks that would also house a shopping mall. Prime Minister Erdoğan also said a mosque would be erected in the area following growing criticism directed at him due to the proposed Topçu Kışlası project.

Interior Minister Muammer Güler recently announced that over 600 police officers and thousands of citizens have been wounded during the clashes between protesters and police. Four protesters and one police officer were killed during the protests.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Temmuz 2013, 10:21
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