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PM Erdogan finally agrees to halt park project

PM Erdogan finally agrees to halt park project

June 15, AP – Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday agreed to halt plans to redevelop an Istanbul park at the centre of two weeks of mass anti-government unrest, in a move protesters welcomed as “positive”. It marked the first easing of tensions in the standoff, which has presented the Islamist-rooted government with […]

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Prime Minister Erdogan soften stand proposes referendum to end protests

Prime Minister Erdogan soften stand proposes referendum to end protests

June 13, ISTANBUL (AP) — Protesters expressed doubts about the offer, however, and continued to converge in Taksim Square’s Gezi Park, epicenter of the anti-government protests that began in Istanbul 13 days ago and spread across the country. At times, police have broken up demonstrations using tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets. Turkey’s government […]

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After a night of violence Turkish PM to meet Istanbul park protesters

After a night of violence Turkish PM to meet Istanbul park protesters

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Nearly two weeks of protests across the nation have shaped up as perhaps the biggest test in the 10-year rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan — who protesters say is increasingly authoritarian, a charge that he and his allies strongly deny. Police and protesters retrenched Wednesday after punishing overnight clashes […]

June 12, 2013 | By More
Riot police drive protesters out of Taksim Square

Riot police drive protesters out of Taksim Square

June 12, AP – A day-long protest against Prime Minister Erdogan’s government culminated on Tuesday night in a showdown with riot police on Taksim Square. Thousands of demonstrators attempted to hold their ground, setting off fireworks and throwing stones, as authorities moved in to quash the unrest. Police in Istanbul have broken up a massive […]

June 12, 2013 | By More
Turkey’s PM convenes party as anti-government protest enter 9th day

Turkey’s PM convenes party as anti-government protest enter 9th day

June 8, ISTANBUL (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has said the protests must end immediately, will meet with top officials from his Justice and Development Party in Istanbul. The protests began as a sit-in at a park in Taksim Square to prevent a redevelopment project that would replace the park with replica Ottoman barracks […]

June 8, 2013 | By More
Prime Minister Erdogan calls for end to Turkey protest

Prime Minister Erdogan calls for end to Turkey protest

June 7, ISTANBUL (AP) — In the first extensive public show of support since anti-government protests erupted last week, more than 10,000 supporters cheered Recep Tayyip Erdogan with rapturous applause outside Istanbul’s international airport. Turkey’s prime minister took a combative stance on his closely watched return to the country early Friday, telling supporters who thronged […]

June 7, 2013 | By More
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan faces growing criticism

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan faces growing criticism

June 6, AP – The unrest in Turkey has continued for nearly a week. But it’s no longer about saving trees in an Istanbul city park; it’s about basic democratic abuses in the country. Calls for the resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan are growing louder as the violent clashes between police and demonstrators escalate. […]

June 6, 2013 | By More
Activists present list of demands in Turkey

Activists present list of demands in Turkey

June 5, ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a move to defuse the tension, the deputy prime minister met with the group whose attempt to prevent authorities from ripping up trees in Istanbul’s landmark Taksim Square has snowballed into nationwide protests against what demonstrators see as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule. Activists on […]

June 5, 2013 | By More
Erdogan blames ‘dissidents’ as two die during protest in Turkey

Erdogan blames ‘dissidents’ as two die during protest in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Thousands have joined anti-government rallies across Turkey since Friday, when police launched a pre-dawn raid against a peaceful sit-in protesting plans to uproot trees in Istanbul’s main Taksim Square. Since then, the demonstrations by mostly secular-minded Turks have spiraled into Turkey’s biggest anti-government disturbances in years, and have spread to many […]

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Prime Minister Erdogan slams opposition as protests in Turkey continue

Prime Minister Erdogan slams opposition as protests in Turkey continue

June 3, AP – In a televised speech on Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to widespread discontent across Turkey – sparked by two days of violent clashes between police and demonstrators – by shifting blame to his political opponents for the unrest. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has shifted his tone during the third […]

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