News You Really Need To See: “Turkey Warns Protesters of Military Action”

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“Turkey Warns Protesters of Military Action”

The Washington Post, June 18, 2013, p.A9

“Turkey’s leaders are prepared to use the armed forces against protesters if they consider it necessary, the deputy prime minister said Monday, raising the threat of military intervention for the first time during the ongoing unrest, in a country that has only recently moved away from its long history of army coups.  With protesters and police continuing to skirmish in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, the warning from Bulent Arinc was a significant rhetorical escalation in the crackdown on anti-government demonstrations that began May 31.”

Quickie analysis:  A bit ironic given that Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan broke with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, after having vacationed together, because Assad refused to listen to Erdogan’s advice about how to deal with Syria’s protesters and called out the military.  (Maybe it’s easier to give advice when it’s…

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