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U.S. Ambassador to Turkey: I'm very confident about Turkish democracy
by Cem Ertür (cem.ertur [at]
Thursday Jun 20th, 2013 7:45 AM
Three weeks of extreme police brutality across Turkey reached to a climax with the launch of an absolutely fascistic operation in Istanbul on June 15th. The country is currently in an undeclared state of emergency...

U.S. Ambassador to Turkey: I'm very confident about Turkish democracy

Propaganda alert

compiled by Cem Ertür

20 June 2013


“We are friends and allies of Turkey and in times of tension and in times of less tension we are your friends and allies. We share really important, common interests as friends and allies. [...]  I reaffirmed our support for Turkish democracy, for the principles that we share of freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly. There is no difference between us and the Government of Turkey and the governing party on those principles. So, I’m quite confident that our relations are strong and healthy. And will continue. I’m very confident about Turkish democracy. ”

[U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone, press briefing held after meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan's top adviser Yalcin Akdogan, headquarters of the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), Ankara, 19 June 2013]  [1]


“We will further strengthen our police force in every respect.”

[Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speech the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) parliamentary group meeting, Ankara, 18 June 2013]  [2]


“The police and security forces are in charge. If this is not enough, the gendarmerie will be in charge. And if this is still not enough [...] we can use the Turkish Armed Forces.”

[Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, interview with the state-run TRT television channel, 17 June 2013]  [3]


“ [The police] will intervene against everybody who try to enter [Istanbul's] Taksim Square, [treating them] as a terrorist.”

[Turkey's European Union Minister Egemen Bagis, interview with 'A Haber' television channel, 16 June 2013]  [4]



[1]  Ambassador Ricciardone's remarks after meeting with MP Yalcin Akdogan

official website of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, 19 June 2013

[2]  Polis yetkiyi kanunlardan aliyor  

[excerpt transcribed from video by the author]

Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) official website, 18 June 2013

[3]  Turkish government could use armed forces against protesters, senior official warns

by Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, 17 June 2013

[4]  Turkish minister says anyone entering Taksim Square to be "treated as terrorist"

BBC Monitoring Europe, 16 June 2013


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