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Erdogan: Sometimes Innocent Suffer Along With Guilty

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is conducting a public relations campaign to redress the peaceful Gezi Park protests and paint an image that all protesters are at fault.
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara June 11, 2013. Erdogan called on protesters to withdraw from central Istanbul's Gezi Park on Tuesday and said the anti-government demonstrations were part of a deliberate attempt to damage Turkey's image and economy. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX10JIE

No public relations mastermind can reverse the iconic images that came out of Turkey in the past two weeks that showcased police use of excessive force. Reuters' top photo on May 28th, for example, showed a young woman standing defenseless while a police officer wearing a gas mask sprayed pepper into her face; or another woman widely opening her arms to both sides while a riot van directs pressurized water at her.

Not only have those pictures stood as proof of the protesters' “soft power” and courage, but there have been so many iconic pictures of that kind, which showed the police using intense amounts of tear and pepper gas, covering the air like a huge cloud, making even eyesight impossible, and burning the eyes, nose and throat.

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