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Turkey is in the fourth day of the largest riots it has seen in decades. What's causing them?

MotherJones
Turkey is in the fourth day of the largest riots it has seen in decades. What's causing them? http://ow.ly/lFVkd 
10:30 PM Jun 03 2013

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Started off small and snowballed:

Why are people protesting? Nominally, the protests were sparked by a government plan to replace Istanbul's leafy Taksim Gezi Park with a touristy shopping mall—what the country's leading historian, Edhem Eldem, sardonically derides as a "Las Vegas of Ottoman splendor." Trees are especially precious in Istanbul, where only 1.5 percent of land is green space (compared to 17 percent in New York). But the protests quickly became symbolic of much broader concerns about Erdogan's autocratic and socially conservative style of government.

Hey, thanks for clarifying that.  It sounds like a good  thing.  I have a special affinity for Turkey, in part because my best friend from grad school was from there.

Sounds like there's a lot of unhappiness with the Turkish government right now.

So in other words, it's the equivalent to drilling for oil in Teddy Roosevelt's head

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