A tear-gas confrontation on Saturday night. A rally for Erdogan on Sunday.
On Saturday night, police move the protesters out. Across the river the next day, the Prime Minister holds a rally.
Turkey's prime minister benefits from antagonizing the protesters
Why is Turkey's prime minister acting so divisive in the face of the Istanbul protests? Because he benefits from antagonizing the protesters
In booming Istanbul, the middle class Erdogan helped create has turned on him
The Turkish protests are about secularism. But they're also about money, gentrification, democracy, and the last bits of open space in Istanbul.
As his time as prime minister heads to a close, he seems to have transformed himself yet again: The hardliner has become a peacemaker.