(Reuters) – A Turkish court has cancelled a project to redevelop Istanbul’s central Taksim square, a copy of the court’s decision showed, ruling in a dispute that triggered a nationwide wave of violent anti-government protests.
The administrative court ruled in early June, at the height of the unrest, that a master plan to reshape the square violated preservation rules, the square’s identity and other regulations, according to a lawyer for the plaintiffs.
The decision may jeopardize what many saw as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s personal quest to remake Taksim Square in the teeth of opposition that led to mass protests over his perceived authoritarian style of rule.
Erdogan said on June 14 that his government would wait for the judiciary to rule, including the appeals process, before proceeding with Taksim’s development.
The leafy Gezi Park, one of central Istanbul’s few green spaces, became a makeshift campsite occupied by thousands of people to stop the park’s demolition and protest at the government’s plans.
Anger mushroomed into mass demonstrations against Erdogan’s rule and Islamist-inspired policies in late May and simmered for much of June in several Turkish cities. Four people were killed and some 7,500 wounded in the police crackdown, the Turkish Medical Association has said.
(Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley, editing by Mark Heinrich)
WATCH: Portland police in riot gear deploy teargas and then slash tires of medical van
Law enforcement officers in Portland, Oregon were seen on video slashing the tires of a medical support vehicle.
According to reports from the scene, the van was providing medical support to anyone injured in the ongoing protests. The vehicle was said to have been repurposed from Timbers Army, a fan group backing a local soccer team.
"Just witnessed PPB riot police stab the wheels out of a medic van as it tried to drive away in accordance with their orders," one photographer noted on Twitter.
Video shared on social media shows riot police using tear gas to clear a street where the vehicle was parked. Before the vehicle can leave, an officer jabs a knife-like object into the tires.
Video shows California cops pointing guns at Black teens who were being threatened by homeless man
Law enforcement officers in Santa Clarita, California were seen on video pointing weapons at Black teens who were allegedly being threatened by a homeless man.
The video was posted by Instagram user Tammilaray.
"I wanted to share what happened to my son yesterday in SCV when he was with a couple of friends sitting at a bus stop headed home," the Instagram user explained. "He was attacked by a gentleman (homeless guy) who approached them and first asked them if they had any crack then tried to take their things."
According to the report, the manager of the nearby Buffalo Wild Wings called the cops to get help for the teens.
‘Back the Blue’ members beat BLM protesters in Colorado ditch: ‘Keep punching each other in the face’
Members of a "Back the Blue" rally were seen fighting with Black Lives Matter counter-protesters in Fort Collins, Colorado over the weekend.
Video posted on social media shows members of the "Back the Blue" group advancing on Black Lives Matter activists. The confrontation eventually becomes a fighting match in a neighborhood ditch.
"Everybody keep their hands off their weapons!" one man can be heard shouting. "Keep punching each other in the face. Don't shoot anybody."
Ciara Wilson posted video of the confrontation on Instagram.
"I was at the Pro Police FCPD rally today," she wrote. "Counter protestors were violently beaten and had no signs of aggression or hostility. Pro Police protestors forced them to the end of the block and then savagely assaulted them. Afterwards the COUNTER PROTESTORS WERE DETAINED. The officers did not tell them why they were being detained. The pro police protestors who literally assaulted these people for no fucking reason other than being PSYCHOPATHS got away with it. I am so sick and tired of this."