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Are The Turkish Riots The Next Arab Spring?

Posted by nguldin on June 19, 2013

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be in need of a wake-up call: your nation’s anti-government riots may be the next Arab Spring.

Protestors recently involved in the Gezi Park riots having been using social media to voice their opinions, organize protests and raise awareness about the issues at hand. Twitter has exploded at certain times during the movement sometimes reaching 100,000 tweets per hour. Al Jazeera recently claimed that 29 people were arrested last week for posting “misleading or libelous” messages, videos and photos on various social networking sites.

Underlying both movements is an singular message: they fear their country is turning into a hardline Islamist state.

To learn more about how the Turkish Riots may be the next Arab Spring check out this link.


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