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    State Department statement seems to have led to a DIRECT withdrawal of police forces... so that's a good thing right? Even for hypocrites?

    "We are concerned about the number of people who were injured when police dispersed protesters in Istanbul's Gezi Park," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday. "We believe that Turkey's long-term stability, security and prosperity is best guaranteed by upholding the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association, which is what it seems these individuals were doing."

    After early Saturday morning clashes throughout the city center, riot police withdrew from Istanbul's central Taksim Square, allowing more than 100,000 to peacefully demonstrate throughout the afternoon.

    •  Doubtful the U.S. had anything to do with it. (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, protectspice

      Turkey wants to be in the EU. European pressure makes much more difference to Turkey.

      Obama is the Chickenshit-in-Chief for failing to stand up to Republicans on all their phony scandals, from the "beer summit," to Van Jones, "death panels," Shirley Sherrod, contraception, Benghazi, and the IRS.

      by expatjourno on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 06:53:17 AM PDT

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      •  Doubt all you want (0+ / 0-)

        Who's to say? Consider the timing of the statement with the draw down of police presence. Surely the possibility exists that US pressure had a role.

        •  So you've walked back this: (2+ / 0-)
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          State Department statement seems to have led to a DIRECT withdrawal of police forces... so that's a good thing right? Even for hypocrites?
          Unless you have evidence of a cause and effect relationship, nothing more exists than a possibility that US pressure had a role, as well as a possibility that US pressure had no role or that there was no US pressure.

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