Two weeks of nationwide mass protests have left at least four dead and over 1,000 wounded, shattering clichés of Turkey as an island of political stability in an unstable region.

What began as a demonstration against plans for a redevelopment of Gezi Park in central Istanbul has mutated into an emphatic rejection on the part of large groups of Turkish society of the country’s powerful Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (CONTINUED - 1902 WORDS)