Protests in Istanbul

This item appears on page 17 of the February 2014 issue.

A scandal over government intervention into anticorruption investigations involving Turkey’s current Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his political party has resulted in a round of protests in Istanbul by both supporters of Erdoğan and those opposing his regime. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds of thousands of protesters who marched in Taksim Square and Kadıköy Square on Dec. 27.