30 Jul

Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany, dies at 87

Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany, dies at 87

Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany, dies at 87

Berlin: Helmut Kohl, the imposing German Chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War has placed Germany in the heart of a united Europe, died Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen. He was 87 years old.

“A life is one and the person who lived it to enter into history,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking in Rome.

“It will take some time, however, until we can really judge what we have lost in it. Helmut Kohl was a great German and a great European.”

During his 16 years at the helm of the country from 1982 to 1998, first in West Germany and then a united Germany-Kohl combined a tenacious search for European unity with a keen instinct for history.

Less than a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, he led the end of Germany’s decades-long division in east and west, ushering in a new era in European politics.

“When a new spirit began sweeping Eastern Europe in the 1980s, when freedom was won in Poland, when brave people in Leipzig

East Berlin and East Germany elsewhere carried out a peaceful revolution, Helmut Kohl was the right person at the right time, Merkel said.

“I only dream and the goal of a United Germany, although others have hesitated.”

It was a close friendship that Kohl built with other world leaders who helped convince the Western anti-communist allies and leaders of the Soviet Union that a strong collapsed, united Germany could live in peace with its neighbors.

“Helmut Kohl was the largest European statesman since World War II,” said Bill Clinton, the former US president in 2011, adding that Kohl responded to the most important issues of his time “correctly Germany, for Europe correctly, Properly to the United States appropriately for the future of the world. ”

Former US President George H.w. Bush said the world had lost “a true friend of freedom.”

“Working closely with my very good friend to help achieve a peaceful end to the Cold War and the unification of Germany in NATO will remain one of my life joys,” Bush said. “Through our efforts, Helmut was a rock – both stable and strong.”

President Donald Trump said Kohl was “a friend and ally of the United States while leading the Federal Republic of Germany for 16 key years.

He was not only the father of German reunification, but also a defender of Europe and the transatlantic relationship. ”

“The world has benefited from its vision and efforts and its legacy will continue,” it said in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attributes Kohl “to play a key role in ending the Cold War and the reunification of Germany.”

Famed for its massive circumference in a 4- to 6-foot frame, Kohl has always evolved in domestic politics and among his rivals in the conservative Christian Democrat Union, which took power for 16 years until his defeat. Left-center rival of Gerhard Schroeder in 1998.

This was followed by the eruption of a party funding scandal that threatened to tarnish his legacy.

For foreigners, the great conservative with a taste for local white wine and heavy food came to symbolize Germany benign, stable and even boring.

Kohl’s legacy includes the common euro currency – now used by 19 nations – that have consolidated Europe closer than ever.

Kohl has strongly influenced the euro, introduced in 1999, as a pillar of peace – when he hit problems more than a decade later, he insisted that there is no alternative, but for Germany to help indebted countries like Greece.

Once considered a clumsy provincial, Kohl has combined an understanding of the concerns of the Germans on foot with a hunger for power, which was elected four times.

Kohl has served more than Konrad Adenauer, West Germany’s first Chancellor after World War II and his political idol. Only Otto von Bismarck, who unified Germany for the first time in the 1870s, was now chancellor for 19 years.

15 Jul

Saudi-Qatar crisis puts Syria rebels in tricky position

Saudi-Qatar crisis puts Syria rebels in tricky position

Saudi-Qatar crisis puts Syria rebels in tricky position

BEYUTH: A diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia Qatar incorporates the Syrian rebels into a difficult position, analysts say, after rivalry between Gulf supporters had already weakened the opposition.

Both Sunni monarchies have demonstrators close in March 2011, when the war began with the brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.

They continued to support Sunni insurgents mainly when the symptoms turned into conflicts between the armed opposition and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of the country’s Shia minority and supported by the Iranian Archipelago of Saudi Arabia.

But six years later, the rebellion was rife with rivalry between Riyadh and Doha, as well as weakened by Russian military intervention in support of Assad’s forces.

Moscow’s support for regime forces has led to a series of setbacks for the rebels, including their historic loss in December of the second city of Aleppo.

Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the UAE, have broken or severed diplomatic relations with Qatar on allegations the emirate is compatible with extremism last week, saying Doha has denied it.

“The current split puts the Syrian opposition in a very politically awkward position because nobody wants to take part in public parties and can not afford to alienate either side,” said Yezid Sayigh, a colleague of the Carnegie Middle East Center .

A rebel official at the eastern Ghouta opposition stronghold outside Damascus said he hoped the Doha-Riyadh crisis was only “a temporary storm.”
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“Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates supported the Syrian people’s revolution and expressed their solidarity throughout the years of the tragedy,” the rebel official said.

In a sign of the embarrassment caused to the crisis, several rebel groups were approaching the AFP declined to comment, saying that it was a “sensitive” problem.

But Sayigh said the latest rash in relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia will have a limited impact on the Syrian conflict.

“It is likely that it will not have a significant financial or military impact since the United States and Turkey have intensified their support for factions that were previously close to Qatar or Saudi Arabia,” Sayigh said.

Riyadh “has drastically reduced funding for the summer of 2015,” after starting its intervention in Yemen “earlier this year, he said.

Six years after the war, the fractured rebel Syria controls about 10 percent. 100 from the war-torn country, with the support of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan and the United States.

Rebel Pro-Doha, including the powerful Ahrar al-Sham group, are present in the north.
In eastern Ghouta, there are opposition pro-Doha groups alongside the pro-Riyadh Jaish al-Islam rebel alliance.

10 Jul

Iraq hopes to bring FIFA soccer back to its stadiums

Iraq hopes to bring FIFA soccer back to its stadiums

Iraq hopes to bring FIFA soccer back to its stadiums

BAGHDAD – Iraq has worked to ban FIFA’s football stadiums by hosting showgirl games and courting international soccer stars to visit the country’s facilities.
The games come as Iraq is trying to encourage the international governing body of football to lift its ban, in force since 2013. In May, FIFA agreed that Iraq Animals Unofficial Games or the “friendly” for the three-month period of proof.

Before his match with the Syrian Olympic team, the Iraqi national team played on June 1 against the Jordanian team at Basra International Stadium in the south of the country. About 65,000 spectators gathered to watch Iraq 1-0.

In addition to hosting unofficial games, Iraq is trying to attract the stars of international football to visit the sports facilities. Iraq is preparing to host a group of international soccer stars to participate in a friendly match with Iraqi star players.

On June 18, former Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids arrived in Iraq to explore the international stage of Basra, where the match will be played on 1 August.

“The Iraqi people have a passion for [football] and promotional games will help lift the ban imposed on Iraqi football,” Davids said during his visit. Ahmed Musawi, the spokesman for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, welcomed Davids.

Musawi told Al-Monitor: “There are indications that the ban could be lifted, especially in the midst of games that Iraq played against Jordan and Syria. We felt great [will] from the Arab and international federations to lift the ban on Iraqi stadiums. ”

He added: “There are international companies ready to cooperate with Iraq to organize international games … In addition, the most important match between the stars of international football and Iraq will be held in August ..”

Ronaldinho and Rivaldo, former stars of Brazilian football, former Dutch soccer star Clarence Seedorf and Davids are some of the sports celebrities who are going to go to Basra.

A source at the Youth and Sports Ministry told Al-Monitor in anonymity: “After the friendly matches to be held in Iraqi stadiums, Iraq will present a special report on these games and the organizational measures related to the International Federation of Football [FIFA], as well as videos that show viewers. ”

Iraq has seen its share ban on hosting games. The ban imposed since 2013 came after a coach died at the hands of the security forces and the country suffers frequent jihadist attacks.

Other security-related bans were imposed in 1985 during the Iran-Iraq war in 1990 with the invasion of Kuwait in 2003 and during the United States War against Iraq. In 2009, the Iraqi National Olympic Committee demolished the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) and the Iraqi security forces supported the IFA offices.

The FIFA Urgency Committee subsequently suspended the IFA. The Iraqi Olympic Committee and the IFA have had a long conflict over the responsibility of the country’s football program.

In a sign of hope, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has allowed Iraq to host a conference in May between two teams of the Iraqi Air Force and Al Zawraa.

Although Iraq had to play all of FIFA’s official games outside its own stage in recent years, it has achieved several projects. Occupying the number

4 at the Athens Olympics in 2004, took first place in the Western Asian Games in 2005, won the Asian Cup in 2007 and the Arab Cup for young people the first time in 2014.

10 Jul

Resigned ethics chief: Priebus ‘threat’ symbolic of White House relationship

Resigned ethics chief: Priebus ‘threat’ symbolic of White House relationship

Resigned ethics chief: Priebus ‘threat’ symbolic of White House relationship

Reince Priebus January 15, announced the ethics director of the government Walter Shaub who was getting too political was an emblem of his interactions with President Donald Trump’s White House, announced the outgoing EMB boss.

Shaub announced last week that he would step down from July 19.
In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos played a pre-opening clip Priebus, the former head of the Republican National Committee now as Trump’s chief of staff.

“The head of government ethics must be careful, because this person becomes extremely political,” Priebus said in the clip.

His comment was in response to Shaub’s statement a few days before Trump’s ethical disposition in his huge business empire was “pointless from the point of view of conflict of interest.”

“I think the most explicit threat Reince Priebus during this show is really emblematic of how interactions with the White House have been since the beginning of this administration,” said Shaub, who has accepted a position in the Center’s legal campaign as chief director of ethics.

Shaub said he still believes that the federal ethics rules were strong enough to “protect the integrity of government operations.”

But his experience in the Trump administration convinced that the rules should be strengthened, he said, and he had done his best in his role.

“When the opportunity came to Campaign Legal Center, I wanted to grab it before it disappears because I really think it could have a greater impact from outside the government from the inside this point, because I’m going to have a lot more freedom out of government,” he said.

In a statement Friday at the CBA, a White House official said Shaub “was frank because of the escape, twittage and letter writing to Democratic members of Congress, but not once … travel, liabilities Or other ethical issues involving the president in an argument with a White House lawyer or assistant attorney who oversees ethics and compliance. ”

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Shaub calls the statement “ridiculous” and said he had responded to Republicans and Democrats. He said he spoke several times to the White House attorney before the board will be absent and Shaub has worked with the ethics lawyer.

As for the increasingly public role role in the Trump Shaub administration suggested that it only has what it calls “two lever sources” that indicate the White House and the public.

In the absence of support from the White House, “the only other EMB way to take advantage of the changes is to communicate with the public and to recruit them,” he added.

10 Jul

Arkansas shares voter data as federal judge mulls privacy issues in Trump panel

Arkansas shares voter data as federal judge mulls privacy issues in Trump panel

Arkansas shares voter data as federal judge mulls privacy issues in Trump panel

A federal judge in Washington Friday heard the arguments on whether to block the voting commission President Trump collecting electoral data from 50 states and in the District, while government lawyers announced that Arkansas was the only state to Transmit the requested data.

District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said to dismiss as soon as possible on the request for a temporary restraining order to stop the collection of data requested by the EPIC in its lawsuit in Against the commission.

EPIC, a watchdog group, ended Friday formally added to the Ministry of Defense – which operates a website that the Commission asks States to send their information to – as a defendant in the trial that has already challenged the Commission in what Argues the group is an “unprecedented” invasion of the White House in the privacy of Americans.

In its complaint, EPIC asked the court to ban the creation of a “secret database stored in the White House” voter registration data, saying that the move poses “staggering” implications. The organization argues that the collection of electronic data lacked legal authority and is the type of governance system that should be subject to a comprehensive privacy impact review.

In a June 28 letter to States, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), Trump group vice president and a conservative voice leading to concerns about electoral fraud, called for “Adware data available in the Electoral market “of July 14, including name, address, date of birth, party registration, social security numbers and partial votes, military history, crime and abroad, among other data.

EPIC said the proposal to collect information on voters across the country would expose all registered voters to risks, including military families whose home address would be revealed, people with partial social security numbers used as passwords for commercial services And those with criminal records in their funds.

“What management describes as public information is actually very rarely regulated and disclosed,” said EPIC President and CEO Marc Rotenberg told reporters after a one-hour hearing. The committee “did not take any action it had to take prior to conducting the consultation and did nothing to ensure” that voter confidentiality is protected.
Government lawyers rejected the EPIC Friday claim saying that the voting committee requested the data that were already available to the public and announce désidentifient or sensitive information before publishing the documents.

Justice Department attorney Elizabeth Shapiro added that the commission was a presidential advisory group, not a federal agency subject to the privacy protection review requirement, and that the Pentagon was the only Federal agency that now knew Work with the commission. She said the Pentagon agreement was a “conduit” for temporary electoral data that eventually dumped by the White House.

10 Jul

Jury: Newlywed had husband killed to get his insurance money

Jury: Newlywed had husband killed to get his insurance money

Jury: Newlywed had husband killed to get his insurance money

CLEVELAND (AP) – A new defendant accused of committing the murder of her firefighter husband to collect $ 100,000 of insurance money was convicted of aggravated homicide in a scheme that was wrong from the start: her ex-wife was still the beneficiary of Its policy.

Uloma Curry-Walker, 45, could receive life without parole for the murder of William Walker in November 2013, when she married just four months earlier. The jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning the verdict Friday, Cleveland.com said (http://bit.ly/2uCGoXg).

Prosecutors said Curry-Walker was going to face financial ruin after hoarding tens of thousands of dollars in debt when the 17-year-old girl and the girl’s boyfriend were asked to find someone to kill her husband for That could collect the insurance money.

However, a police investigation revealed that the Curry-Walker plan was an obvious problem from the outset. Her husband had not changed the beneficiary of the insurance policy called his ex-wife to Curry-Walker when he was killed, so it was the ex-woman who received the money.

The testimony showed that Curry-Walker gave the boyfriend, Chad Padgett, a $ 1000 deposit to make the killing. Padgett contacted his cousin Chris Hein, the first to fail in his attempt to kill Walker. He then turned to Ryan Dorty to direct the murder.

Prosecutors said Walker Dorty had ambushed him and beat him four times when he returned home to get fast food that Curry-Walker had requested. She and her husband were in the night they killed him from a move to a house they had bought out of Cleveland.

The little girl, Padgett, eh Dorty and testified against Curry-Walker’s trial through a petition for her role in the murder conspiracy. Hein accepted an 18-year sentence to life; Padgett 28 years of life; And Dorty 23 years to life. Prosecutors agreed not to file charges against Curry-Walker’s adult daughter. Rather spend a month in a juvenile detention center.

The girl testified at the trial that her mother told her. “No one would believe that I was going to hire a group of kids to kill someone when I know people who could”

Curry-Walker wrote a confession the day she went to the police who said she killed her husband because he was abusive. His lawyers did not call witnesses to testify that Walker was violent toward his wife.

Cleveland.com reported that Curry-Walker lawyers highlight the discrepancies in witness testimony during the closing stops and suggested that the girl had devised the murder plan.

10 Jul

Amid Heat Wave, Fire Causes Power Failure for Part of Los Angeles

Amid Heat Wave, Fire Causes Power Failure for Part of Los Angeles

Amid Heat Wave, Fire Causes Power Failure for Part of Los Angeles

A fire at night in the water and power department of Los Angeles has forced officials to remove power to about 140,000 residents of the city, leaving them without air conditioning for about 12 hours during a record wave of hot.

The fire, which broke out at a receiving station in northern Los Angeles, Northridge, burned intensely in equipment and around high voltage, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Columns of smoke crossed the San Fernando Valley, while firefighters worked for about two hours to extinguish the flame, he said.

The fire left the network operators more remedy than to turn off the power so that the crews can extinguish the flames.

Authorities said in a statement Saturday that the power transmission system in the northern part of the city “was greatly disturbed by the fire and subsequent failure.
California Torn Rain Winter Says “The Drought” April 7, 2017
Once the fire went out, the teams worked overnight and were restored
Service through the affected parts of the city from 6 to 8 hours on Sunday, said the Department of Water and power in Los Angeles in a statement. Utility said the blackout started around 18:55 Saturday.

The power outage could hardly have been worse for the Los Angeles sufferers per day in a heat wave that has reached new heights Saturday.

Curt Kaplan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, Calif., Said downtown Los Angeles had a temperature of 98 Saturday, beating a 95-day record for which it was created in 1886.

Records elsewhere decades were almost up to Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, near where the fire occurred, reached 112, recording a record of 1985.

“Everyone complains that we get in touch,” said M. Humphrey.

High temperatures contributed to a dozen fires throughout California, authorities said, and experts.

The most important is the Alamo Fire 19 000 acres in San Luis Obispo County, which contains only 10% said Lynnette Ronda, the spokeswoman for the Forest Department and Fire Protection in California.

Another fire in Butte County, northern California, has forced some mandatory evacuations, according to the ministry.

California was soaked by the rain this winter after suffering years of drought. Experts in meteorology and fire said the precipitation left behind the brush and the foliage facilitate the expansion of the fires quickly.

10 Jul

Alton Sterling protesters treated ‘like animals’ in Baton Rouge prison, advocacy group claims

Alton Sterling protesters treated 'like animals' in Baton Rouge prison, advocacy group claims

Alton Sterling protesters treated ‘like animals’ in Baton Rouge prison, advocacy group claims

Dozens of protesters detained last summer after the death of Alton Sterling were treated “like animals” and humiliated inside the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, according to a new report describing conditions blocking as far as Which is unconstitutional.

Protesters, most of whom have been set aside for blocking a road, were subjected to excessive force, including indiscriminate use of pepper by guards, and spent hours or days locked in overcrowded “stained with Land and blood, “according to the report drawn up by the Justice Initiative pledge, a New Orleans advocacy group.

The report, which will be published Monday, accused guards of retaliation against protesters for participating in protests that lasted days after Sterling’s death in a clash with police outside a convenience store.

However, the report says that ill-treatment of protesters reflects a systematic oppression that prisoners suffer every day in prison.

Moreover, according to the report, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff “seems to encourage or at least tolerate the abusive and humiliating conduct of the guards.”

“The arrest and detention of about 180 people protesting against the Alton Sterling police murder provides a painful window into the actual conditions of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison,” the report said.

“Unfortunately, this report reflects the treatment of detainees in the East Parish prison of Baton Rouge, when everyone was watching.”

Prison guard Dennis Grimes defended the actions of his guards as “adequate, professional and well in accordance with constitutional rules,” adding that “they acted at all times in an appropriate manner.”

“The demands of the protesters are unfounded,” Grimes said.

The report, based on interviews with more than a dozen demonstrators, mentions several stories from the time of the time to the demonstrators behind the bars published last summer by the lawyer and other media outlets.

But it provides a more detailed window of what the report describes as “unconstitutional coercion” of protesters, including repeated refusal of medical treatment inside the prison, whether for injuries sustained during detention or another pre-existing condition.

“The way we treat detained people that defines us, and when we take people who protest against racism and violence and deal with force, who divides our communities, undermines our trust in the justice system and degrades us “Said Ben G Cohen, a lawyer for the Justice Initiative pledge. “We need better people system.”

Thousands of protesters left the capital after Sterling’s death, clashes with police in a series of road-side road scams and Goodwood Avenue – near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department – and marched on The Government street, which culminated in another confrontation.

Hundreds of police, the men engaged in riots, have set a hard line in their efforts to keep traffic on critical routes to the city.

Many of the detainees were charged with trespassing illegally, a backlog that in many cases, prosecutors have declined rapidly to prosecute. At least three journalists were taken into custody, according to Black activists Vidas Matters DeRay Mckesson.

10 Jul

Charlottesville police release statement on KKK protests

Charlottesville police release statement on KKK protests

Charlottesville police release statement on KKK protests

Charlottesville, VA (WSET) – A day after the KKK demonstration in Charlottesville, the city said 22 people were arrested.
The number of arrests is less than originally reported as a detention was initially counted twice, according to the city.

The police chief said three people were taken to hospital, two due to heat problems and one to an alcohol-related problem.

“I am pleased with the professionalism and commitment of our law enforcement partners, as our security plan was well executed,” the police chief said in a statement.

Nearly 50 members of loyal white knights traveled to North Carolina Saturday to Justice Park to protest against the withdrawal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
The city estimates that about 1,000 people came to protest against the KKK.

The Klan members recovered for less than an hour before leaving. The protester followed them to a parking lot where police were told to disperse an illegal gathering.
Police and protesters headed to the park where, according to a city spokesman, frustration runs.

Virginia State Police threw three containers of tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Here is a statement from Chief of Police Charlottesville, Al Thomas

“First of all, our main goal was the safety of the community and the protection of citizens’ civil liberties at the end of the day, three people were transferred to the hospital.” 2 For heat related problems one for a problem related to the alcohol.

I am satisfied with the professionalism and commitment of our partners in law enforcement, as our security plan was well executed. Officers traveled from all over to assist the CPD to maintain law and order during this difficult task.

Hundreds of local citizens expressed themselves in a non-violent protest against hatred, which was launched at the Justice Park. When the Klan members arrived, the atmosphere quickly became an emotional burden.

Several external groups said they would become confrontational; However, we were prepared for the riots that occurred near the conclusion of the event which unfortunately resulted in a number of arrests. Order was quickly restored and our community remains secure.

As is customary practice, we will examine the events of the day in the coming weeks and months to assess successes and weaknesses.

We are committed to providing our residents a strong and safe city to live and be a partner in our community. “- Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas

10 Jul

‘March for Justice’ Ends in Istanbul With a Pointed Challenge to Erdogan

‘March for Justice’ Ends in Istanbul With a Pointed Challenge to Erdogan

‘March for Justice’ Ends in Istanbul With a Pointed Challenge to Erdogan

Istanbul – Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators left for a massive demonstration in Istanbul on Sunday evening, applauding the opposition leader when he closed his Justice Market three weeks ago and challenged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to implement the changes or Face a “revolt against injustice.”

“No one should think that this march is over, this march is a start,” said Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican People’s Party, known as cogeneration, as he walks on the beat stage. “It is a rebirth for us, for our country and our children. Let us rebel against injustice.”

Mr Kilicdaroglu spoke on Sunday in Istanbul to demand justice for the thousands of people arrested or suspended from their jobs since the coup struck by Turkey last year.
The march, organized by politicians from Turkey’s largest opposition party to protest against government crackdown on thousands of its opponents, has drawn tens of thousands of people started on June 15 in the capital Ankara, Turkey’s first Turkish city, Which is about 250 miles to the northwest.

More than a million people attended the rally Sunday night, said police C.H.P. Organizers, such as youth groups and other opposition parties, joined. Traders with t-shirts and posters with the word “Adalet” or justice have called for the return of an independent judiciary and an impartial and expeditious justice for the tens of thousands of people arrested or suspended from work since the coup struck by Turkey last year .

Despite their differences, however, government and opposition leaders seemed to take great steps to avoid a major confrontation because walking has reached its peak.

Sunday rally could easily have been banned in the state of emergency that has been in effect since the coup attempt. Many police escorted the protesters, but they did not interfere.

In a symbolic gesture, but perhaps in order to manage the crowd, Mr. Kilicdaroglu directed the last two miles of individual gathering.

A former official, Mr. Kilicdaroglu, 69, captured the imagination of many fans with his gentle manner and his insistence on a peaceful march in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi.

“This is not a protest against the government,” said Samet Akten, communications director for walking, in a statement Sunday.

“It is important to recognize the exceptionally peaceful nature of this process and its very specific objective. We are going to express a collective desire not in favor of an independent and fair judicial system, which recently failed in Turkey.”

Although the government has authorized the march and demonstration that will take place despite security problems and obvious criticism of the authoritarian leadership of M. Erdogan is the biggest sign of opposition since the coup struck last July, resulting in the Death of 249 people.