What was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration against building a shopping center in Istanbul, has become a national revolution after the extremely violent response from the Turkish authorities.
This is one of the biggest challenges to the 10-year rule of the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with demonstrators taking the streets of Ankara, Izmir, Bodrum and several other major cities. The protesters are now demanding the resignation of the entire government.
Ugur Tanyeli , an architecture historian, said: "The real problem is not Taksim, and not the park, but the lack of any form of democratic decision-making process and the utter lack of consensus. We now have a PM who does whatever he wants."
Surprisingly, there was a lack of mainstream media coverage of the drama in central Istanbul, fuelling speculation that the Erdogan government was trying to hide what was really happening so the phenomenon won't amplify itself.
Where should EU stand on this matter?
Is this just a spontaneous riot, or other internal/external political factors (as Erdogan declared) could be influencing the events?