The Guardian: The Molotov Cocktail Throwers were undercover police officers
Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the British Guardian newspaper has reported about latest events in Turkey. On his article he stated that “The “protesters” were in fact middle-aged undercover police officers, staging a not very plausible “attack” on their own for the benefit of the cameras.”
The riot Police used the activity as a support point to the arguments about there were marginal illegal organizations trying to provoke the protesters. On the other hand photos and videos published on the social media created a big debate if these Molotov Cocktail throwers were real marginal protesters or staged play by riot Police.
Good Morning Turkey Correspondent Barbaros Aytug reported from Gezi Park; “The use of Molotov cocktails happened at the exact moment when police used heavy gas and water cannons on protesters to retake the park. Though in the early days of the protests, when the police were much more brutal, some people used to throw rocks at them to keep them away, yet Molotov cocktail were not used by those around Taksim Square. So people all around the country find the few fully equipped, explosive throwing protesters a bit questionable. Even though they were few and they threw Molotov cocktails, the same police who used to beat unarmed protesters did not take much action on them. They let these small assaults continue uninterrupted for a while. This rather strange situation lead people to believe that the equipped protesters of the morning raid might be affiliated with the police, staged to show those who are against the protests that the protesters are not innocent. This is still a hot debate topic and nothing seems certain.”
One of the most shared video on social media about the molotov cocktail debate
Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and has covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. He is currently based at the Guardian’s office in London.
Luke Harding’s article on Guardian can be visited at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/11/turkey-recep-tayyip-erdogan-must-compromise
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