[QODLink]
Europe

Police clash with protesters in Turkey

Police fired water cannons and tear gas at protesters denouncing Prime Minister Erdogan's government over corruption.

Last updated: 22 Dec 2013 15:30
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Crowds called on government ministers implicated in corruption scandal to resign [AP]

Police in Istanbul have clashed with protesters denouncing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government over a corruption and bribery scandal targeting his allies.

The Dogan news agency says police on Sunday fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd calling on government ministers implicated in the scandal to resign.

Twenty-four people, including the sons of two ministers and a state-owned bank's chief have been arrested as part of the graft probe which Erdogan says is a conspiracy to discredit his government, as the work of "dark alliances" and has vowed to expose those involved.

Mayor of Istanbul district of Fatih Mustafa Demirand, who was previously detained, and son of the Environment and Urban Planning Minister have been released under judicial supervision, are barred from going abroad and have to show up at a police station once a week.

The suspects are accused of accepting and facilitating corruption in tenders, money laundering and bribery to secure construction permits for protected areas, the Turkish media reported. More than $4.5m had been seized at raids on the suspect's houses.

The government has removed dozens of police chiefs since the scandal erupted this week, fuelling accusations of an attempted cover up.

The Istanbul demonstration, which was planned to denounce the government’s mega construction projects that have threatened green areas of the city and urban transformation projects accused of causing social destruction, turned into a mass meeting of people to protest the recent corruption allegations.

243

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
Featured
Booming global trade in 50-million-year-old amber stones is lucrative, controversial, and extremely dangerous.
Legendary Native-American High Bird was trained in ancient warrior traditions, which he employed in World War II.
Hounded opposition figure says he's hoping for the best at sodomy appeal but prepared to return to prison.
Fears of rising Islamophobia and racial profiling after two soldiers killed in separate incidents.
Group's culture of summary justice is back in Northern Ireland's spotlight after new sexual assault accusations.