Entries in Ankara (3)


Protests Continue Throughout Turkey

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) -- Protesters continued demonstrations in a number of major cities in Turkey on Sunday, voicing frustration with authoritarianism and urging the government to resign after violence was used on peaceful demonstrators earlier this week.

The protests began after demonstrators protesting the destruction of Istanbul's Gezi Park were confronted with police violence on Friday. Since then, protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have broken out in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. Many Turks accuse Erdogan of growing authoritarianism and spearheading Islamization.

Erdogan gave a defiant speech on Saturday in which he said that he could turn out one million people to the streets to defend him and that the true cause of violence was extremists among the protesters.

USA Today reports that over 933 people in 90 separate protests across the nation had been arrested in connection with the protests as of Saturday, but that some had been released.

In addition to the unpopular construction of a mall on the site of Gezi park, Erdogan has also created stringent restrictions on alcohol in the past month. He also recently stated publicly that women should have a minimum of three children, says USA Today.

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Sarah Ferguson Cancels Trip to US after Documentary Scandal

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Fearing possible extradition to Turkey, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has canceled a visit to the United States.

After the premiere of a documentary exposing child neglect in Turkey, Turkish authorities have issued an international arrest warrant for the red-headed duchess. The documentary, which was filmed four years ago, broke some of Turkey's strict press laws.

The film was aired on British TV and depicted shocking abuse in an orphanage outside of Ankara.

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Car Bomb Rocks the Turkish Capital

Turkish firefighters work on September 20, 2011 at the site where a suspected car bomb exploded, wounding at least 15 people in the center of the Turkish capital Ankara. AFP/Getty Images(ANKARA, Turkey) -- A car bomb that exploded in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Tuesday has killed at least three people and wounded 34.

The bomb exploded near a high school in a busy area and ignited other vehicles around it. The three people killed were in a nearby building.

It has not been confirmed who is the responsible for the attack.

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