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Turkey protests: a 'quest' for 'freedom of expression'

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Turkey protests: a 'quest' for 'freedom of expression'


The Turkish capital Ankara was rocked by a fifth night of unrest on Saturday, as anti-government protests continue to simmer.

Riot police moved in with water cannon and tear gas, after demonstrators lit fires in the streets.

Euronews correspondent Bora Bayraktar spoke to Mesut Ulker, a Turkish political analyst, about what is behind the protest action.

“We have to think about this in terms of two factors. First of all, it is a reflection of the structure of marginal groups who are involved in street violence,” said Ulker.

“Secondly, it is an effort to develop a legitimate opposition – and a quest for freedom of expression, for people to express different ideas,” he continued.

“Socially, this is a new phenomenon for Turkey. Also, I consider the recent events as carrying very important messages in terms of coordinating the balance and equation of Turkish democracy, from the point of view of both sides.”

The latest protests have not been on the same scale as the rioting which rocked Turkey in June and July.

But demonstrations have been stoked in recent days by the death of a 22-year-old protester who died in disputed circumstances.

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