CNN Reports: Court to hear case at center of Istabul Protest: Istanbul: A district court said it has agreed to hear a case against the rebuilding of historic barracks — a project that has been one of the catalysts for days of protests in the city, Turkey’s semi-official Anadolu news agency reported Friday.
The court has ordered a temporary stop on any construction at Taksim Gezi Park, where the government plans to rebuild Ottoman Empire barracks and create a shopping arcade, Anadolu said.
The announcement came on the fourth day of protests in and around the park, which is in Istanbul’s main commercial district. Demonstrators oppose the plans to rebuild the barracks because they say the government cares less about historical conservation and more about money.
Police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters on Friday. Twelve people were injured — including one critically — in clashes, Istanbul’s mayor and governor said at a joint news conference. Sixty-three people were detained, Istanbul Gov. Huseyin Avni Mutlu said.
Erdogan taking heat
The government’s other controversial policies have also come under fire.
Erdogan’s policy on Syria, which many in Turkey blame for a twin car blast that killed at least 52, as well as a new law that would prohibit vendors from selling liquor from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., are part of the sit-in at Taksim Gezi Park.
“This is only the beginning, our struggle will continue,” demonstrators chanted.
Many at the park said they believe this may be the beginning of a turning point in Turkey.
“This is an uprising, a protest against the increasing bans,” said Michelle Demishevich, an activist and member of Turkey’s Green Party. “Perhaps just like we saw the Arab Spring, this will be the Turkish Spring.”
NYTimes Reports:“Police Attack Protestors in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, Peaceful Protest Turns Violent”“The protest movement comes amid continued public anger at Turkey’s policy of supporting the rebels in Syria, which many Turks feel has led to a violent spillover inside Turkey, including recent car bombings in the southern city of Reyhanli, which killed dozens of people. The rising public disenchantment represents a significant political challenge to Mr. Erdogan, who is planning to run for the presidency next year and has been trying to alter the Constitution to create a more powerful presidential system.”
While other Turks that I have chatted with on Facebook say they protest against fascism, an Islamic government and police brutality.