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Turkey protests, Uganda and divorce

Kevin Anderson | 18:07 UK time, Thursday, 18 May 2006

We first went to the packed streets of Ankarra, Erkan and Gozzy, joined us from protests in Turkey. They were in the streets to protest the killing of a judge by a suspected Islamist gunman.

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Gozzy told us from the scene:

People are united against the terrorism and shouting that Turkey will remain secular.

She said that the killing was a very big shock. She compared it to the 9/11 attacks in the United States. Protesters pledged to stay there in the streets all night in support of the secular state in Turkey.

Erkan accused the current government of trying to turn Turkey into an Islamist state in a "silent and dangerous way".

Professor Haluk Kaba-ali-olu, Dean of the Law Faculty at Yedi-tepe University in Istanbul, said that Erkan and Grozzy were representative of people in Turkey. He said that this did not begin with the killing of this judge. He said that the shift from secular to a religious government began with the election of of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice And Development Party in 2002.

Fileez Conway, an Ankara lawyer and advisor to Turkish Bar Association, told us that judges and lawyers would be looking for greater protection following the attack in the courtroom.

Jacob Kasperowicz, Montreal Canada, said that he saw religious leaders, regardless of religion, are increasingly trying to impose their religions on secular societies.


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