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The Last Two Weeks of Istanbul

İstanbul, Turkey—Turkey’s capital city, once a sprawling city of more than three million people, has become a ghost town.

There are no more public events, only private parties, nightclubs, and tourist traps that dot the streets.

Last Friday, thousands of people gathered for the first time since the military overthrew President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a demonstration that drew the attention of the world’s media and helped fuel a nationwide uprising.

Turkey’s military has detained tens of thousands of opponents, and on Friday night thousands of Turks were protesting the new government’s crackdown on peaceful protesters.

It is one of the largest protests in recent years in Turkey, with tens of millions of people turning out to protest against the government.

The crackdown has triggered a wave of protests across the country.

While the vast majority of those participating in the protests were peaceful, there have been some clashes.

On Saturday, hundreds of people were detained in the city of Konya, where clashes broke out between police and protesters.

Several of the detained people, including a police officer, were shot dead.

Many of the wounded were taken to hospital in Istanbul.

“This was the first step in a nationwide crackdown,” said İsmail Kocsak, the head of the human rights organization İzmir.

“The government must do everything possible to guarantee the safety of all demonstrators.”

The police have reportedly shot and killed protesters and injured others during the protests, while thousands have been arrested.

According to the latest official data, nearly 7,000 people were killed and more than 10,000 injured in the demonstrations that have erupted in Istanbul since last year’s failed military coup.

The government blames the unrest on the Gulenists, an organization of Turkish nationalists and Islamist extremists who have long sought to reinstate Erdogan as a secular leader.

Gulenist groups have claimed the coup attempt as a pretext for a crackdown on their political opponents.

Guleny, a cleric and leader of the movement, has denied involvement in the attempted coup and the crackdown.

In June, Turkey’s constitutional court declared the Gülenist movement a terrorist organization, a move that triggered nationwide protests.

Turkey has not yet formally declared the Gulens as terrorists.

However, a former Turkish intelligence officer told CNN that the Gulenes’ involvement in last year the failed coup could be linked to the attempted putsch.

“If the government is not careful, they will make the Gulene movement one of its most important tools in the battle against the coup,” said Huseyin Can, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“It is possible that the military has taken advantage of the situation and now is using this situation as an excuse to push through a coup against the country.”

A report released in March by the International Crisis Group (ICG), a London-based group, said that the Turkish government is using the coup as a “political tool” to target dissent and political opponents and to undermine constitutional protections.

“In this regard, it is possible to see an effort to create a de facto police state to counter the Guleningist threat, which will have little effect on the legitimacy of the rule of law,” the report said.

The coup attempt was not the first of its kind in Turkey.

In 2016, Turkish security forces violently arrested hundreds of thousands protesters and held hundreds of journalists and human rights activists in detention for over a year, with the government blaming them for the attempted military coup and accusing them of plotting a terrorist attack.

The protests have escalated in recent months, with many people using the protests to voice their anger against the lack of progress in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State group, or ISIS.

The Turkish government has accused ISIS of plotting the attempted takeover of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, which was ultimately failed.

But the military’s recent crackdown has only fueled the protests.

Last week, protesters used the protests as an opportunity to call on the government to release those detained, but they were met with strong opposition from Turkish authorities.

On Friday, hundreds chanted in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, a large plaza in central Istanbul that has been used as a rallying point for protesters, “The military is not for democracy!”

Many protesters in Istanbul, the world capital of Turkey’s second-largest city, have expressed anger at the recent crackdown on the protests and the lack the government’s response.

“We want justice, we want to have a peaceful protest,” said Nazem Aydin, an activist with the group Turkey’s Peaceful Streets, or TÜKÜM.

“But the situation is not good.

It looks like they’re not going to get the results they want.

We want to be here to support them and tell them that they are doing the right thing.”

In Istanbul, several groups are participating in Saturday’s demonstration.

The largest of them, the Gezi Park, is a