The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is maintaining a hardline against protesters, after clearing Gezi Park. The symbol of weeks of protests in Istanbul is empty -- for now.
The trial of more than two dozen anti-government activists accused of organizing last year's Gezi protests has begun in Istanbul. The defendants face up to 29 years in prison if convicted.
Turkish police have used tear gas against protesters in Istanbul and Ankara. The demonstrators were marking the first anniversary of a protest that began a series of anti-government demonstrations last year.
If Erdogan truly wanted to, he could bring peace back to Turkish governance. To do so, he would have to drop the course adopted since Gezi Park protests began a year ago, writes DW's Baha Güngör.
It's been one year since the violent crackdown on mass demonstrations surrounding Istanbul's Gezi Park. Observers say the Erdogan government's actions have cost Turkey its status as a role model state in the Middle East.
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