Turkish Rights Denied

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has been charged by Amnesty International with gross violation of human rights in handling protests by Turkish citizens over the construction of a mall. AI charges “the attempt to crush the Gezi Park protest movement involoved a string of human rights violations on a huge scale.” During the police assault on protestors six people were killed andmore than 8,000 injured.Amnesty notes that live ammunition was used against protesters although none of them was armed nor did they pose any physical threat to the government. According to Amnesty International the handling of this incident it an example of “When Turkey took torture to the streets.”

It is doubtful if any actions taken by government forces will ever go to trial or be punished in any manner or form. Calm police actions could have handled this situation without any injuries to anyone-police or those protesting.