Turkey’s tumultuous week does little to rattle ‘bulldozer’ Erdogan

Alexander Christie-Miller

[…]He dismissed demonstrators as “vagabonds” and “extremists,” blaming the unrest on the “scourge” of Twitter. He vowed to press ahead with plans to revamp Taksim Square, including replacing four-acre Gezi Park with a replica of an old Ottoman barracks building to house shops and apartments. And he further enraged the mainly secular demonstrators by reiterating his plan to construct a mosque in Taksim – which, along with the Ataturk Cultural Center facing it, is considered a symbol of the secular, Western-oriented reforms instituted by Turkey’s modern founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

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