Turkey

Hundreds of protesters have again gathered in Istanbul to march to Gezi Park, the focal point for civil protests that have rocked Turkey for weeks on end. Although recent crowds are much smaller compared to massive demonstrations a few weeks ago, protesters say that the fight against the AKP-led government will continue. The Turkish government has also amended the code governing the country’s armed forces in light of recent events in the Arab Republic of Egypt, where President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military following massive street protests attended by millions. In addition, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said over the weekend that he considers Morsi to be the legitimate leader of Egypt, which is sure to spark further diplomatic tensions between the two regional powers. (July 13, 2013 Euronews; July 13, 2013 BBC News; July 14, 2013 The Daily Star)