A Turkish Premier Consolidating His Power Orders Taksim Empty on May Day

Having almost boundless executive authority and a weak opposition, Erdogan is still feeling threatened.

The picture of a young woman with a head covering tries to breathe through a half lemon that a man is putting to her face is just one of the dramatic photographs published today in the Turkish media. The woman could not withstand any longer the harsh tear gas fired by the large numbers of police deployed all over Istanbul, and she looked like she was about to faint.