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Calm returns to Istanbul suburbs

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Calm returns to Istanbul suburbs


Besiktas is an area of Istanbul only moments away from Taksim square which has been at the centre of the recent unrest. There were clashes here with police and barricades built, but on the surface at least all now appears to be calm.

Our reporter in Istanbul asked one resident how he saw the protests and his thoughts on the future:

“We are a democratic country,” he said.“We are not Libya we are not Egypt. We don’t expect a resignation. They will go as they come, by elections in this country. We are aware that the media have also resumed broadcasting without censorship. It will continue like this, there is no other way. These ‘incidents’ will always occur in a democracy.”

Reporter Bora Bayraktar said:
“ I am standing in one of the spots where clashes took place, in front of the prime minister’s office. Police are still patrolling the area but both sides have agreed to stop the violence. It seems, for here at least, life has returned to normal.”

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