Riots in Turkey Getting Worse

In Turkey, a country in eastern Europe, a huge protest has been taking place in the largest city, Istanbul.

It started last week when the government wanted to make over a main square, taking away trees and building a shopping mall.

It also planned to rebuild a historical building, a former Ottoman army barracks. The Ottoman Empire was very strong in Turkey in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Unlike Arab Spring, when many Middle East countries erupted with protests against the government, Turkey’s government has always been seen around the world as more tolerant than many of those countries.

So when cause of the protests seemed to be a local problem, people thought is must be a very different kind of protest.

The Prime Minister of Turkey even called off the police when a raid in the square became violent. It seemed like he was listening to the people.

But he continued to speak out against the demonstrations. He said they were not legal and warned the people he could bring together a lot more police to fight his cause.

The riots grew, with anti-government slogans and speeches. The people said they want the Prime Minister to resign because he won’t listen to any other ideas except his own.

Now the police have gone back with more violence and what was once considered a democratic country is losing its positive reputation around the world.

Last week, the U.S. Secretary of State spoke out against anti-democratic government action. This statement has angered many Turkish politicians and has created tension between these two, historically friendly, nations.