The enemedia has falsely portrayed the initial riots in Gezi Park and Taksim square (largely symbolic of secular Turkey) as a demonstration "against the removal of trees" (ie: Turkish police raid sit-in against tree removal -- Yahoo! News, May 31, 2013). How insulting. More proof of the enemedia's contempt for freedom-loving peoples. Who would pay attention to a tree protest? What it was, in fact, was world historic. The freedom loving Turks were protesting a plan to build a new mosque (with amenities) in Istanbul's Gezi Park. The new mosque complex with shopping centre sparked a wave of protests in the Turkish city and beyond.
BBC: An Ottoman-era military barracks will be rebuilt near the site, and the historic Ataturk Cultural Centre will be demolished.
JIN News: Protesters camping out in Istanbul's Gezi Park have taken as their symbol the image of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Seventy-five years after his death, photos of Turkey's first president hang from trees and adorn tents. Demonstrators say they love him because he turned Turkey from Islamic rule into a secular state, something they believe Turkey's current prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to make them forget.
Islamic supremacist Recep Tayyip Erdogan means to destroy and bury the successful, secular era of Ataturk.
BBC: For some Turks, the proposed reconstruction of the barracks has a symbolic significance. According to some accounts, it was at the barracks that a (failed) mutiny by Islamic-minded soldiers was initiated in 1909 intent on bringing in Sharia law.
The barracks were demolished in 1940, and attempts to rebuild them are seen by opponents to have the ring of Islamism.
This protest has now become about more than just Gezi Park.
It has broadened into a wider expression of anger at what protesters see as the government's increasing authoritarianism - and also the heavy-handed tactics of police who used tear gas and water cannon to disperse a peaceful rally, resulting in scores of injuries.
.... Atatürk chose, instead, to modernize, Westernize, and secularize the country. He disbanded the Caliphate, secularized the education system, outlawed Sufi Islam, enforced gender equality, Westernized the Turkish alphabet, and famously banned the fez. [..]Zakaria: 'It is a culture war'Turkish police send tear gas into crowdFireworks amid protests in Taksim SquareExperts: Protests hurt Turkish economy
The decision to rebuild a symbol of Ottoman militarism, the Taksim Military Barracks, like the decision to name the new Bosphorus bridge after Sultan Selim I, conqueror of the Arab world, feeds this speculation. In popular Turkish culture, the Taksim Barracks are associated with the killing of Christian army officers in 1909, while the Alevis -- a large minority group in Turkey -- remember Selim I as the murderer of their people. Thus, both bridge and barracks pit one view of history against another.
But the Ottomans were not merely expansionary conquerors, nor were they generally devoted to Islamic purity.
THE MUSIC VIDEOS SPURRING ON THE PRO-WESTERN DEMONSTRATORS
Today has seen another round of vicious assaults by Turkish security forces on mostly peaceful demonstrators in central Istanbul. It has been a rough day and it looks like it will be a long night in the Turkish capital.
While Turkey's increasingly Islamist and dictatorial Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has called the protestors "looters," "pillagers," "layabouts" and "hooligans," they are in fact for the most part middle class pro-Western professional people � secular liberals, feminists, and environmental and gay activists.
Many protestors today have sustained serious head injuries, and at least 70 lawyers defending arrested protesters have themselves been arrested.
The protests are now spreading. Even supporters of Istanbul's three big rival soccer clubs (Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray) have now united, each wearing their teams colors, to join anti-government protests.
"DEMOCRACY IS A TRAM YOU RIDE AS FAR AS YOU WANT TO AND THEN GET OFF"
Another group participating in the demonstrations is the country's Alevi minority, that make up about 15 percent of Turkey's population.
Many are furious at Erdogan's plans to build a new bridge over the Bosphorus that will be named Yavuz Sultan Suleiman Bridge, after the Ottoman sultan, "Selim the Grim," historically known for his mass slaughter of Alevis.
Unlike, say Vladimir Putin, who some say is a mere autocrat, some commentators such as Peter Hitchens, fear Erdogan is far more worrying. As Hitchens points out "Erdogan is also a cunning and subtle Islamic fanatic, who knows he will get further if he pretends to be moderate, and in an unguarded moment said that democracy is 'a tram you ride as far as you want to and then get off'."
On the this link, I attach several videos from what (in the aftermath of the so-called "Arab spring") is being dubbed by some the "Turkish summer", which you can view here: You may find interesting the way the young pro-democracy protestors have added Western music to the videos.