ISTANBUL, Turkey — Thousands of Turks protested Sunday against a possible war against Iraq as the top U.S. general arrived to push for access to Turkish bases in the event of a conflict.
Police in Istanbul used tear gas and batons to break up a crowd of about 250 demonstrators; 22 people were detained. The city is a stronghold of Turkey's new conservative government, which is pushing hard for a peaceful end to a standoff between the U.S. and Iraq over alleged weapons of mass destruction.
About 2,000 protesters gathered in a park in Ankara, the capital, and chanted "No to war!" and "We will not be America's soldiers!"
"The government should not allow this dirty war to take place," Mehmet Bekaroglu, a former legislator, told the crowd. "It should listen to the people, because the people are opposed to war."