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Turkish political leader denies mall was ever planned in park

June 3rd, 2013
06:51 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Mevlut Cavusoglu, the vice chairman of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's political party, about the civil unrest.

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  1. Emre

    LIAR LIAtR LIAR! don't trust these guys, they say or do anything to look good. You can not imagine how many photos and videos I saw that police was aiming to kill which is directed by the government, they wouldn't not do such think without the government support! Tayyop Erdogan is a dictator!

    June 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • Jason Falengy

      Dear Ms Amanpour,
      The municipality placed billboards months ago showing that the park will be replaced by a 'cultural and entertainment centre' which is a commercial space; intended to have cafes, and non-alcohol restaurants. This 'centre' was intended to be a replica of the Military Barracks (topcu kıslası)that was built back ın Ottoman times and replaced wıth Gezi Park ın 1930s. Please follow the lonk below for the CAD drawıng of the project. This building was intendd to replace the current park.

      June 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  2. Selin Zalma

    Thank you Christiane Amanpour.

    For covering the unfolding events in Turkey. And for representing our feelings when you said: "Sir please this is an interview sir. I need to ask you some questions. This is an interview sir. It involves me asking you some questions"

    Your frustration at this interview is representative of how Turkish people feel on a daily basis.

    Voting is part of democracy, not the whole of it. Democracy is an ongoing conversation between those elected and the electors.

    That's not how AKP feels and acts. AKP talks at the Turkish people, does not talk with them.

    That's why people are out on the streets. They are asking for freedom of expression and an adult conversation where both sides listen to each other.

    Again, thank you.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
    • Koray B.

      Selin Zalma, thanks for the great comment that represents all of our feelings living in Turkey who are on the streets.

      This is WHY people are on the streets, this is WHAT Mr. Erdogan does not accept: Let the people speak out their opinions.

      June 4, 2013 at 8:12 am | Reply
  3. Turgut



    Yes, Mr. Cavusoglu denies the Shopping Mall, but not the barracks. Actually he confirms it at 1'00" during his speech.

    It is the very same thing. The barrack will first be built instead of the park, and then used as a mall or whatsoever.. but the park will be gone! This is a word game. Please do not be fooled.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply

    What a load of rubbish! Even disrespecting Ms. Amanpour, no manners of conversation! This politician displays all the dysfunctionality of Erdoğan's AKP: inability to be civilized enough to listen to something that is not in tune with their party line. Incoherent blabber! Blatant lies! What more do we need to say, as freethinking, liberal-minded Turks??

    June 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Turgut

      Well, you can say that the Barracks and the Shopping mall is actually the same building.

      When he says, "no shopping mall is planned there, only old barracks will be rebuilt, maybe for other purposes" he is actually talking about destroying the park and building what all these people are fighting for.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Reply
      • Turgut

        I mean, "fighting against."


        When he says, "only old military barracks is consideren to rebuild" he is actually talking about destroying the park and building a building there, that all those people are fighting against.

        June 3, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • Emir Kurt

      ıs burnıng cars destroying shops and vandalızıng mosques cıvılı guys are the true barbarıans and you need to be stopped.You guys had your way for a long tıme and in that tıme people were kılled because they dıdnt agree wıth your lıne and prıme mınısters were ımprısoned and one excuted.Your way ıs the way of vıolence and ıntolerence and hatred for the other.No way are we goıng back to your way.No way am I gıvıng up my Prıme Mınıster to that filth Kılıcadaroglu WHO orchestrated thıs whole thıng.

      June 4, 2013 at 3:27 am | Reply
  5. atinc

    Please be careful that they are very good at liying and destorting reality.Their main issue is the land of the park or park itself. As a mall or barrack or mosque, it doesent matter what ever you ask, they always have different answers. They are not honest and they are very tricky please consider this!

    June 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  6. Emine

    Thank you to Christiane Amanpour for covering the historic events taking place in Turkey. I was appalled to hear Mr. Cavusoglu deny ever having plans to build a shopping mall in Gezi Park even though that is what Mr. Prime Minister was saying himself just two days ago. It is irrelevant anyways what exactly will be built there. This is about not listening to the people of this county, ignoring any view point that is different from theirs, referring to all these people as marginals and radicals. Trying to scare innocent, peaceful demonstrators by using tear gas, water cannons and extreme force through the police. Most of these people probably never even participated in a demonstration in their life time yet alone being radical extremists. The behavior exhibited by Mr. Cavusoglu during the interview is a very good example of what goes on in Turkey. They talk, talk and talk!!!! You do not even get a turn to SPEAK. If you do not agree with their views then you are a marginal. The other half of the public is fed up with this and they are not scared anymore!

    June 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Turgut

      Emine, we must put this very clearly for every one to understand...

      1. The rebuilding of the Old Military Barrack is still on the table. Mr. Cavusoglu does NOT deny this.

      2. When completed, it may be used as a hotel, as a shopping mall, or residences, or all of them at once, being a huge building.

      3. When he says "No shopping mall", he is talking about the function of this building as a Shopping Mall. He does not say that the park will stay as it is. They still intend building that old barrack there, but for other purposes, other than shopping mall.

      4. This means, the park will be destroyed.

      Please comment if you agree.

      June 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  7. Bugra

    They'll say anything to save face, but it's too late now. Truth is out there, the whole world is watching what's really going on over here. Instead of simply apologizing for their wrongdoings they are still trying to play the denial card. I highly doubt that anybody's buying their crap though. People are not stupid.

    June 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  8. şevket

    We don't want any building there. Definitely not the old barracks, whether used as a shopping mall or as a hotel

    June 3, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  9. rose

    barrack=no park

    June 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  10. afifsay

    A person who doesn't listen to the interviewer on live TV would listen to people whom he regards as riff-raff, what a rubbish he spews. His ears are trained only to hear his master's voice.

    June 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  11. Bugra

    Does Mevlut Cavusoglu know what a live interview is ? Cavusoglu you're supposed to wait for Amanpour's question, and then you need to respond. You're not supposed speak continuously, 'cause you're not giving a public speech over there. Obviously Cavusoglu doesn't want Amanpour to ask him any questions that he cannot answer. Anyways ... A perfect example of what AKP people are all about ... What a disgrace ...

    June 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  12. Yesim

    This is what this governent understands from democracy: I speak you listen, I rule you obey.

    June 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Non-violent Turkish Republic

      Thank you Yesim. It can't be said any shorter!

      June 4, 2013 at 1:34 am | Reply
      • Six Feet Under

        Also there is " I got %50 of the votes I can do whatever I want with this country." That was actually what he said at the beginning. His exact words: "It doesn't matter what you do, we made a decision."

        June 4, 2013 at 2:39 am |
    • Ali Demir

      This interview alone shows what they ( AKP- ruling party) understand from democracy.%51 percent rules, the rest has no rights, The world have seen their dark faces on different occasions. According to them anyone objects on anything is marginal and terrorist. They do "takiye" all the time. (unfortunately this term is distorted to telling lies is ok to reach to your goals ). the primeminister said " we will demolish the park and construct the old military barracks, part of will be a city museum and partly it may be a shopping mall, we ( translates I ) have not decided yet.
      – ask this guy;
      – How do you construct the barracks ( w/ skate ring in the central yard ) without cutting the trees?
      – Who attacked the hospitals with tear gas canisters ?
      – Who killed two of the protesters and injured over one thousand ?
      -Who received bribes from Siemens ?
      – By insulting, by intimidating people how far will you go ?
      -what is the importance of "old military barracks" = Topcu Kıslası) to you ?
      – %49 are fed up with R.T.E ( Religion Trader E. )

      June 4, 2013 at 9:38 am | Reply
  13. serkovic

    all you have to look at is one statistic: Turkey has the most journalist in jail in the world!!!! how does that happen in a democracy? ask these authoritarians why that is.

    June 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  14. Dogan

    Cavusoglu: non-communicative self-rightous egoist puppet of a dogmatic false-idol of hypnotised 50%

    June 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  15. ozgur

    Thank you Christiane Amanpour,

    First of all you showed and experienced first hand what Tayyip Erdogan mentality is like and what all these demonstrations are for. Your guest did not let you talk or ask questions in your own program and they don't allow people to be in Turkey. As you mentioned Turkey has the most number of journalists in prison. Less than any other country including full-on dictatorships. Tayyip Erdogan himself just complained about social media and called Twitter a problem! Typical dictator speech.

    Secondly EVERYTHING your guest said are a LIE except that they were elected and have the majority.

    LIE # 1) He said a shopping mall was never considered. Please watch this video of HIS prime minister saying himself that this building will have a shopping mall.
    It is in Turkish so please feel free to have it translated for confirmation.

    LIE # 2) He said they got elected by more than 50%. Their official vote is 49.83%. Small difference but a big lie. Even if it was true he has to be everyone's prime minister that's what a democracy is. For reference official government website:

    LIE # 3) They said they pulled the police back allowing peaceful demonstrations. Police is brutally attacking demonstrators everywhere in Turkey except for Taksim Square. There is one confirmed death of a protestor by police fire and hundreds of wounded. People are protesting peacefully and democratically where no police is present.

    LIE # 4) Those people he calls as marginals are at best originals. Have you seen any demonstrators cleaning up streets and planting back flowers themselves after clashing with police? Ask Ivan for confirmation. Of course there are some marginals and provacators but some of these are PROVED by cell phone videos to be undercover police officers.

    Please keep this issue under your magnifying glass and help the truth be heard around the globe.

    June 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  16. Capulcu

    Simply he is a liar Mrs. Amanpour. Thank you very much for showing it to the world. As yo see, they do not anyone talk but themselves. Thay are all right, they know the best, the are more democratic than ancient Greeks, bla bla bla... I hope CNN Turk had shown you courage.

    June 4, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
  17. Roger Wilco

    It is so AKP.
    Talking without listening, and telling only segments of a story to make themselves look good.

    Here is why:
    – There is a plan to destroy the park and rebuilt some army barracks that was destroyed in 1909 ( whether that barracks will be used as a mall, a museum, a hotel, or a brothel is not yet certain. That is what he is actually saying.
    – He says, they will keep the trees. That sounds like they will not destroy the park, but wait no, they will actually have trees in the internal courtyard of the barracks. Surrounded by walls. Is that the same thing? According to him, yes!

    What people want in Turkey now is "inclusive democracy".
    The ruling party may have gotten 50% of the last votes. This does not make them our lords. This gives them a responsibility to act on behalf of the people. But when some people, even a small minority, is not happy with what is going on, they have to stop and listen, and try to come to an agreement. Perhaps the group will convince them, or they will convince the group.

    In any case, people have the basic right of freedom to speech, and to protest. Governments don't have the right to unleash hell through tear gas and water cannons to their own people trying to protect trees. The rest of us are trying to protect the ones that are trying to protect the trees. I think you get the picture.

    By the way: CNN is good, but "CNN Turk, be the LAST to know"

    June 4, 2013 at 1:07 am | Reply
  18. akinkaraman

    This guy is totally lying. The people from all walk of opinions and who are not related to any organization, are protesting all over the country. This is because of the violence of police against to the protesters. They were just trying to prevent the construction equipments not to destroy the trees. They want to build a shopping mall instead of a park which is the last green area in Taksim. The Prime Minister himself has told it before. How can his this guy tell lies on CNN now? They have no shame.
    I am talking about the millions who are protesting all over the country. They are mothers, fathers, university students, doctors, lawyers; everyone.. Doctors are helping injured people, lawyers are going after the young people who are arrested by the police with force. We are people who love our country.
    It is not just because of the park or trees, it is because of the dictator regime that want to built up a country which is managed by islamic rules. They force a prohibition of alcoholic beverages. They are taking out obstacles to celebrate our national holidays. They don't obey to the founder of Turkish Republic, great leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and they are always trying to remove the traces of him. Soldiers, commanders, and journalists have been jailed. It is because of the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who wants to be a dictator.

    June 4, 2013 at 2:15 am | Reply
  19. Burcu

    Dear Ms. Amanpour;

    I sincerely thank you for the brilliant interview. You have shown us a great example of how impressive a journalist can be, if she is not afraid of or suppressed by any one/thing, but her own consience. We, as the Turkish people, even most of the ones voted for Erdogan, that he is a good liar and manipulator but thank you once again for showing this to the world. Please know that we are proud of our country and our people, and we do not want to live as an Islamist country which is imposed to us by Erdogan. We are a secular democratic republic and wish to keep it that way, where everyone lives freely, just like we did for more than 80 years.

    And please watch the video posted by Ozgur yesterday, where PM Erdogan insists, while the events are taking place, that they would be building the barracks and they MAY be used as shopping mall. He is lying to our faces all along, so do his men.

    Once again thank you, and know that your Turkish tribe in prison is in our prayers all the time!


    June 4, 2013 at 2:33 am | Reply
  20. Capul

    He is lying.

    June 4, 2013 at 3:28 am | Reply
  21. Mustafa

    Dear Ms. Amanpour,

    Thank you for covering this for the world to see how hypocracy rules Turkey. The Prime Minister ERDOGAN says every other day "we have advanced democracy". Those who do not know his earlier speech "One can not be SECULAR and MUSLIM at the same time, you are either muslim or secular!", may believe him, we do not. (speech can be found on youtube).

    ERDOGAN also said last sunday on a live -so called- interview at Haberturk TV "ONE WHO DRINKS ALCOHOL, IS AN ALCOHOLIC". He does not discriminate between the drinkers at all. Sees alcohol as EVIL, women with modern outfits as committing SIN. So I believe he is probably equal -if not worse- to Ahmedinecad in ideology terms.

    With this state of mind, where do you think he is taking TURKEY to? With his 50% votes which is another topic to explore, the danger is IMMINENT, and IT IS ALL ABOUT THIS now. Not the park. We fear for our future.

    NOW, with all due respect, you, free USA Reporters, "do owe us" to get rid of this person democratically, as it is well known, out of the blue, he is raised to rule Turkey to be a part of US Midlle East Long Term Plans.

    Explore randomly the lives of those protesting at GEZI PARK, and do the same to MP's of AK Party, you'll see the difference, its like black and white, its washington compared to tehran, and do not forget to explore how many wives his MP's have. And how they live. You'll be surprised what you'll find out.

    OK, maybe he may not be one of us (still he shouldn't be radical) and everyone had at one stage accepted that, until he started to crack the beams of this country, called founder of modern turkey (ATATURK) a drunk, openly! Examples can be multiplied if you wish. But I cut it here.

    Pls, pls help us, for a better world.

    Thank you for your attention.
    Sincere Regards.

    June 4, 2013 at 3:53 am | Reply
  22. byanikoglu

    Dear Ms. Amanpour,

    Thanks for drawing attention before our country falls into a civil war or an oppressive regime, just like in many of our neighbors. This would not be for the good of anyone.

    The main reason is not objecting the mall, but loosing the park with the mention of a mall and the disputed symbol of the militarry barracks is what ignited the events. As you will read everywhere, it is now about the whole oppressive regime of RTE (Tayyip). In the last several years, he has fooled people, bought their votes by helping potential supporters with resources of the government! This is how he increased its votes. Yes, people also wanted some change, but the changes that came in the last few years terrorized people. We have been fearful of speaking out as many journalists are in prison for 3-4 years now with no evidence at all! Whenever there is a discussion of this, he says the jurisdiction is free, but then he elects only people of his ideology as judges, or anywhere with power ...

    He also has been so insulting the people who haven't voted for him (or who do not share his agenda), here are some samples: "you are a bunch of looters", "anyone who drinks at all is an alcoholic (but not those who vote for me)", "take your mother and go", ...

    Thanks again.

    June 4, 2013 at 3:54 am | Reply
  23. Libero

    Did you really believe Cavusoglu's lies? 'Building a shopping mall has never been a considered?' I suggest you to check PM's speech on April 29th ! He said that' he already decide that they are gonna build a SHOPPİNG MALL, RESIDENCE or HOTEL! 'in the middle of Taksim Sq!

    Imagine! Building a mall,hotel or a residence in the middle of Central Park! what would you think as an American citizen?what would be your reaction? Whatever it takes' Just give a small research on that. I can even copy paste Turkish medias news on that! and hundreds like this!!

    thanx for covering Taksin Sq at your program!

    June 4, 2013 at 4:04 am | Reply
  24. Efe

    Do you know why the old Military Barracks "will" be built? I mean it "will" be because the dictator in power says so, who're we to say a word about it? Anyways, there is a historical significance for the old Barracks. It was a bastion for extremist Islam back in Ottoman times, the 31 March incident, as history recorded it. It was Ataturk who quelled this rebellion and now that the protests stepped on the dictator's islamist tail, he started screaming "We will build a mosque where the Ataturk Culture Center stands". So, deep down in the bowels of the conflict, lies one between logic and secularism against sharia and fundamentalism. Many of the protestors don't even realize that. Government strategists work day and night to give as few concessions as possible while in all the protest around the country the most commonly chanted slogan was "Tayyip resign." Such, are the downsides of a spontaneous people's revolt, without even a spokesman.

    June 4, 2013 at 5:24 am | Reply
  25. pirensesjadijedi

    I cannot understand really how he can lie so blatantly? Does he really believe himself? How is this possible? There was not a single word he uttered that was true and he said it internationally.

    CNN should do some other programs to show the other side of the story, or else it would seem like good Christians like you to support this Muslims this radical.

    June 4, 2013 at 5:39 am | Reply
  26. Please listen!!

    The Turks are being misled. The police ARE intentionally violent against protesters because they are controlled by the Gulen movement as are other groups. Gulen owns hundreds of schools at all levels in Turkey and abroad. The graduates have been appointed to high level positions in the police, gov't and media (just search NYtimes article apr 24 2012 2 c 4 yourself). Gulen WAS behind Erdogan/AKP's rise to power. Now Erdogan's power is too great (so is his ego). Gulen has pulled support. Gulen is using HIS police to instigate unrest against the citizens to get rid of Erdogan. Gulen is too powerful in Turkey. Sadly it is too late. Just look at how he silenced the media. Now that the military is de-fanged, Gulen is free to expand his influence. If Erdogan is leaves (which he should), who will take his place? I'm sure Gulen knows.

    June 4, 2013 at 6:44 am | Reply
  27. rie matsumoto

    Istanbul turkey:デモ 早く 落ち着くといいですが,怪我無く.ショッピングモール出来ません!?デモ解散です.
    では また)/~

    June 4, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply
  28. Emre

    Dear Ms. Amanpour
    Thanks for last interview with Cavusoglu. He is a lier as his primary minister. Goverment of Turkish Republic will build a shopping mall in Taksim Square even they deny. The goverment also will be vote to build some buildings on Belgrad Forest in Istanbul. They always serving their people ( idont understand this "our people who is %50 of Turkiye population" ). Their people should be %100 of Turkiye population. You can also see some photograhps which are about the violence of police forces with social media like facebook or twitter. Not only the first day, This is continued !!! You should do more interviews with policians espacially from the goverment. You should stalemate them.

    Thanks a lot,
    Best regards,

    June 4, 2013 at 7:45 am | Reply
  29. Alper A

    Ms. Amanpour,

    First of all thank you very much for being a real reporter. I am sure our reporters have some lessons to learn from you. And, as you heard even a politician of AK PARTI did not give you a chance to ask your questions properly, he did not even listen to your questions, he only spoke and spoke and spoke. He spoke himself as a monologue. How could we believe that he or AKPARTİ Will listen to his citizens ?

    June 4, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
  30. Alper A

    That's their typical behaviours. I've never surprised him at all.

    June 4, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
  31. sdtklm


    June 4, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
  32. sdtklm

    Ms Amanpour, in response to your question about our motivation to occupy the streets of Istanbul: all we want from PM Erdogan and his party is RESPECT to the concerns, thoughts, values and culture of the other 50%of the country with real participatory democracy.

    June 4, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
  33. Coskun

    Dear Ms Amanpour. I didn't see the full coverage of CNN Int for this subject but after all these comments, i am sure your journalist mind started questioning the interview, and whether it deserves more insight. With the current form of this interview, it is misrepresenting the reality. I suggest you contact your CNN Turk colleagues (quietly as they may not be willing to tell everything live) and understand the role of the Prime Minister in escalation of the events, particularly through his press appearances. He has a couple of times threatened with possibility of 'letting' AKP supporters go out on the streets!!. It definitely deserves a longer interview, where Mr Cavusoglu will have more time to listen and answer, rather than reading out what is given to him.

    An additional note to the lies mentioned in above comments, the Mayor of Istanbul clarified in an interview that opposition party didn't approve building of the Barracks. Approval was just for the pedestrianisation of the square. There is also court decision to stop the development, but there had been occasions in the past where AKP didn't respect court decisions on other projects.

    June 4, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
    • ozgur

      Actually PM Erdogan said "There is something wrong with this court decision" just before he left the country, totally dismissing the decision and disrespecting law.

      June 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  34. Tugce

    Dear Ms. Amanpour,

    I regretfully listen your interview with Mr. Cavusoglu and I was deeply in shock with the lies he could tell in 8 minutes. I am neither belong to a marginal nor a radical group. I am a 28 years old lady who studied Economics and had master degree in USA and I am currently working in an International Non-profit Organization. This is the movement of educated people and young generation in Turkey. We were following the changes very peacefully for 10 years and we are still standing up peacefully. We are gathering together everyday and trying to express ourselves under gas bombs, laser pointed plastic bullets, water tanks and so on. Sometimes, even ambulances throw us gas bombs. Police has been very harsh since the very first day. We don't lay the blame on Police, they do what they are told so. They continued their manner yesterday evening after the press release regarding ınvestigation on police excessive use of power. It is the first time, I am protesting something in my life. There are also provocaters and manipulators who attack police without a reason. We believe that most of the people who attack police are under the umbrella of AKP since AKP wants to show us to world as terrorists, marginal group or any other. Our Municipality Minister in Ankara laid stones on the area of demonstrations yesterday. So that, people could get the stones and throw police. We collected the stones back and threw them trashes. We don't want fight, we just want to express ourselves freely. On the Contrary of what Mr. Cavusoglu said, they wanted to make a Shopping Mall there. We are not fool. This demonstrations are beyond an issue of a park at the moment. Hundreds of people, journalists, democracy supporters, army commanders, students, lawyers and whoever didn't support their activities are in jail. There are thousand of pages in Ergenekon Case and there is not a concrete crime that was anounced to the public.
    We, as the young democratic generation in Turkey, will not allow these people to ruin our Country anymore.
    Kind Regards,

    June 4, 2013 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • Jim M

      Beautiful Tugce, we all are smart people. We know part of the government and their puppets are lying.

      I bet your parents are very proud of you. So am I.

      June 5, 2013 at 12:18 am | Reply
  35. yav

    denunciation & warning by the official !
    so, where are the security officers to pick up these terrorists which attacked the USA Embassy in Ankara ?
    What does it mean, if knows them terrorists & not catching while they are available out in the open ?
    or is he making up stories as usual.
    I congratulate you for your patience during "tried" interview 🙂
    as you all see know they are painfully annoying & have no respect for others.

    June 4, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
  36. Yıldız B. Pascale

    I hope the young Democrats, TGB Youth Union of Turkey and all intellectual, nationalist, good citizens of Turkey insist on their presence on the squares and streets all over the country for many more days and weeks until AKP and Erdogan gets the message! We want them to go, they are lıars, they have trained the Police force to attach their own citizens, they are brutal murderers all of them.

    June 4, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
  37. Mert Aksoy

    Mr Çavuşoğlu interview is also showing the world that Our government doesnt like to listen ! Nor you cant ask them quesions. They always saying in the old times we felt this way. Now it is time for democarts to feel this way! The only media that they cant control is the social media (Twitter. & Facebook etc)
    Shame on our tv and newspaper media when the protests begin our media shows food programs bu international media lplay live the protests in Turkey.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  38. Levent Yarar

    Ms. Amanpour,

    I hope you now understand why we are protesting. They only want to hear themselves.

    Thank you,
    Levent Yarar

    June 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  39. Jim M

    Citizens of Turkey are alive and awake. They've just said 'enough is enough!'. The citizens raised their voice showing how Ataturk's democratic principles are still alive and those will be protected. Despite police brutality, they showed what resilience means; in a peaceful way, without responding back with force.

    They showed the World how to peacefully unite against a powerful dictator overnight among people with different religious beliefs, racial background and ethnicity. It was purely led by the Citizens of Turkey without political parties or powers involved. What an example to the World of a positive change. Back to secular democratic republic as Ataturk has built it.

    June 5, 2013 at 12:08 am | Reply
  40. sam sungur

    This guy lies big time! Millions of people, mostly intellectuals, young , old, children wo marched knowing that they would be gassed and attacked with pepper hgas mixed water guns,did not know what would happen to the park?!that park would be demolished and a mall would be built there. The entire World knows this. This guy is protecting his PM who acts, talks, walks like a dictator, They got that so called 50% with exactly campaigning this kind of lies! You can tell he does not even let the journalist talk, disrespectful, and 100% follower of his leader because Erdogan does not tolerate anybody speak up to him. People are afraid of being jailed if anything said opposing his views. Erdogan is irritated with Democratic anything!

    June 5, 2013 at 12:26 am | Reply
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  42. T.C MELTEM

    Dear Ms Amanpour,

    Briefly, you experienced yourself that they never listen anybody but Recep Tayyip.The clue is "My prime minister"!!!!They can not warn RTE or accept any other idea different from his idea.

    June 5, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
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    Democratically elected Cameleon. Behind all of the talk about democracy, it is the cry for country's direction Erdogan's systematically destroying every democratically established organization. "Systematically" meaning he started to destroy the Army generals literally putting them in jail for no reason (There weren't any coop attempts)then came the disbursing all Police sergeants to East, any journalist that was against Erdogan sent to jail – Just check you'll see.
    He wants to Turkey to be an Islamist state. Did I mention he lies a lot!!!!

    June 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  45. truthsquad

    I wanted to add one more thing: Mr. Cavusoglu is completely wrong and they are trying to erase people's history by destroying cultural center just because it has the name "Ataturk". Again systematically destroying infrastructure, history, calling them majority by reorganizing the election street by street changing election rules. All systematic destruction.

    June 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  46. Mehmet

    Dear Amanpour,

    Just see the video below. It is translated into English and explains who said what. Thanks for the maker of this video.


    June 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  47. RuhiA

    “We are going to rebuild Topcu Kislasi in accordance with its original plan,” he said, referring to the name given to the barracks. “We are rebuilding a monument that existed there in the past.”

    “We planted many trees in the last 10 years,” he continued. “Our Taksim project is one that holds history, environment and culture together. This project will create a beautiful environment in Istanbul.”

    From June 6, 2013:

    June 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  48. Turker Armaner

    Ibrahim Kalin tells a stereotype lie at the moment. I was there from the begınnıng. Provacatıve groups form a tıny group. A very large part contaıns creme de la creme unıversıty students, academıcs and so on. Thıs ıs a vıolent polıce attack motıvated by Ankara. They walked ın brutally.

    June 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  49. Turker Armaner

    Mayor of Istanbul tells subsequent lies. He promised in the morning that the riot police would not walk in the Gezi Park. It's a pretext, an unreal pretext that the police is attacked. THERE IS NOT A SPLIT between two groups. The genuine protestors obviously exclude the offensive ones.

    June 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  50. Turker Armaner

    I'd like to suggest a slight correction for protestors' motto. "Everywhere is Taksim. Everywhere is resistance."

    June 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  51. depni

    Very bad things happenning in Turkey right now. Government telling many lies in front of the whole world. Incredible days words are not enough to describe. I am very sorry about my country, my family, my friends and all the good innocent people...

    June 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  52. Turker Armaner

    Another correction to İbrahim Kalın's stereotype official statements: it's not really a matter of alcohol regulation. The public rage concerning this issue grows out of PM's insults towards alcohol consumers. There is NO alcohol problem in Turkey. It"s useless and misleading to compare Turkey with european countries with respect to this subject.

    June 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  53. Gökhan Ünver

    Thats enough of demagogy, you guys should not be there at Taksim at the first place. This is not only a park issue, everyone knows that you dont want the government just because you like it so. This is a democratic country, not like those arabic countries. All who read this, do you know there are total of just 11 trees in Gezi Park, and do you know you cannot pass thru at night because the filth !!!? Some people believe that Gezi Parkı is like Hyde park or something !!! Nonsense ...

    You guys are against democracy and you dont want to realize that behind these there are powerful enemies who dont want powerful Turkiye. They dont want 3rd airport, 3rd bridge, 2020 olympics, Channel İstanbul etc., why do you think ? Think !!! Oh i forgot, you guys at the Gezi Park, you don't think, you just throw something to Police.

    June 12, 2013 at 1:51 am | Reply
  54. Alpaslan


    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is not a diktatör. An elected Prime Minister in the democratic. Trip to the park, the military coup in Turkey before most of pointers and its political extensions. Bomb the American embassy which gave open support to this action groups. Many of the activists in the country for many years the exploitation of children elitist.

    CHP activists suspected of belonging to an extension of his political thought and in Turkey coup and an elected prime minister and the two secretaries of the four were executed. CHP activists suspected of belonging to an extension of his political thought and in Turkey coup and an elected prime minister and the two secretaries of the four were executed.
    8 hours of uninterrupted stay in the air without CNN What about advertising? The Turkish nation will never forget those days before history and impact and accountability from those who will ask her dish in the days to come.

    June 24, 2013 at 10:48 am | Reply
  55. Alpaslan

    Respect for justice and the choice of millions of silent waiting for their homes to friends and foes alike gave response provoked by being caught up in a democracy. Also if you have to also give the streets. The preference of the majority of the rights of the minority, yes, but also learn to respect everyone. I wonder if our friends in the Western deceived us for years? Democracy is not it? Democracy, everyone came to work as a management uses? Minority to dominate the majority? The government says it will not if the artillery barracks of the judiciary, a negative result. Is the result of the plebiscite in favor of the judgment whether the government will act in accordance with the opinion of the people, he says. How is that undemocratic? No matter where they got this dictatorship?

    June 24, 2013 at 11:07 am | Reply
  56. Alpaslan

    Son olarak burada kendi milletini, kendi hükumetini eleştirerek dışarıdan yandaş bulmaya çalışan tipler, sizlere denecek hiç bir söz yok. Adam gibi çalışıp, üretmediniz, yan gelip yattınız. 250 yıldır anadolu insanını bu şikayet ettiğiniz batılıların silahlarının karşısında kelimenin tam anlamı ile biçtirdiniz. biz ürettik siz istanbul da ve sahillerde tükettiniz. Başımıza PKK yı musallat ettiniz dağlarda yine anadolu insanı öldü. Siz AVM lerde keyif çatarken biz öldük. Amaaa artık yağma yok. Bize ölmeyi emretti komutanlar, biz öldük, zafer kazandık size övünmesi düştü. Sorgulamadan öldük hem de ülkemiz için milletimiz için yaşat ki yaşayasın dedik. Ama siz ve o kahrolası zihniyetiniz kendiniz yaşadınız ve bize hiç yaşam hakkı vermediniz. Şunu o koca kafalarınıza sokun. Evet biz müslümanız ve sizi her şeye rağmen affederiz AMA BİR DAHA ASLA SİZE BU ÜLKENİN YÖNETİMİNİ VERMEYİZ. Hadi dağılın artık şerefsizler.

    June 24, 2013 at 11:17 am | Reply
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    Bir gün gelecek . Bir gün Kalacak. One Day will happen.will last one day

    May 8, 2015 at 3:48 am | Reply
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