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Turkey, which has been held up as a model for Islamic democracy for the countries of the Middle East by both Western powers and its neighbors, still remains a model, according to experts, who note that the recent demonstrations are a test for the country’s democracy as well as for its role as a model in the region.

The demonstrations, which began as a small protest against plans to demolish Gezi Park in Taksim in downtown İstanbul, turned into clashes between police and protesters, and spread to other cities in its early days. Facing a harsh crackdown by the Turkish police,...
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