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Jun 22, 2013

PM says protests serve Turkey’s enemies, crowd gathers in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told thousands of supporters in the Black Sea city of Samsun on Saturday that weeks of often violent protests against his government had played into the hands of Turkey’s enemies.

As he finished speaking, around 10,000 protesters had gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, many of them to attend a planned laying down of carnations in memory of the four people who had been killed in the unrest.

Jun 21, 2013

Turkey faces pressure to advance Kurdish militant peace process

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party is pressing Ankara to advance a peace process with Kurdish militants before a parliament recess, drawing a government accusation on Friday that it was exploiting unrelated unrest to extract concessions.

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters began pulling out of Turkish territory to bases in northern Iraq last month under a deal between the state and the group’s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a conflict which has killed 40,000.

Jun 19, 2013

Dozens held in Turkey, silent protester goes viral

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – A lone, silent vigil by a man in Istanbul inspired copycat protests on Tuesday, as police detained dozens of people across Turkey in an operation linked to three weeks of often violent demonstrations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Overnight in Ankara, riot police used teargas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of people who had gathered in and around the government quarter of Kizilay.

Jun 18, 2013

‘Standing man’ inspires silent protests in Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Performance artist Erdem Gunduz became the new symbol of anti-government protests in Turkey on Tuesday after his eight-hour vigil in Taksim Square earned him the nickname “the Standing Man”.

Images of Gunduz standing quietly in the large, open square, the cradle of three weeks of often violent unrest, have struck a chord with sympathizers more used to witnessing stone-throwing youths battling police tear gas and water cannon.

Jun 18, 2013

Turkey could deploy army to quell protests

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s deputy prime minister said on Monday the armed forces could be called up if needed to help quell popular protests that have swept Turkish cities in the last two weeks, the first time the possibility of a military role has been raised.

Bulent Arinc made the remarks in Ankara, where 1,000 striking trade union workers faced off briefly against police backed by several water cannon, before police retreated and the crowd left.

Jun 17, 2013

Striking workers face off with police in Turkish capital

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police backed by water cannon faced off with around 1,000 trade union workers in the capital Ankara on Monday, after a weekend of some of the worst clashes since anti-government protests erupted late last month.

Police officers used megaphones to order workers to stop their march towards Ankara’s central Kizilay district.

Jun 17, 2013

Sporadic clashes in Turkey as Erdogan asserts authority

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police backed by water cannon faced off with around 1,000 trade union workers in the capital Ankara on Monday, after a weekend of some of the worst clashes since anti-government protests erupted late last month.

Police officers used megaphones to order workers to stop their march towards Ankara’s central Kizilay district.

Jun 16, 2013

Riot police patrol Istanbul ahead of ruling party rally

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Riot police fired occasional bursts of teargas in Istanbul on Sunday after a night of unrest to try to prevent anti-government demonstrators from regrouping ahead of a rally by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party.

Bulldozers removed barricades and municipal workers swept the streets around the central Taksim Square, sealed off by police, after thousands took to the streets overnight following a raid by riot police firing teargas and water cannon to evict demonstrators from the adjoining Gezi Park.

Jun 15, 2013

Erdogan makes conciliatory move to end Turkish protests

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told protesters on Friday he would put redevelopment plans for an Istanbul park on hold until a court rules, striking a markedly more conciliatory tone after two weeks of fierce anti-government demonstrations.

Financial markets rose on hopes that environmentalists who oppose the construction on Gezi Park would be satisfied, but it remained unclear whether other protesters with a wide variety of grievances against Erdogan would go home.

Jun 14, 2013

Turkey protesters say PM vows to respect courts on park plans

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, June 14 (Reuters) – Turkish protesters said
on Friday Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had pledged not to push
ahead with plans to redevelop an Istanbul park until a court
ruled on the project, in what they heralded as a positive sign
after two weeks of protest.

Erdogan met a delegation overnight mostly made up of actors
and artists but also including two members of the umbrella
protest group Taksim Solidarity, hours after saying his patience
had run out and warning protesters occupying Gezi Park to leave.

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      "I am based in Istanbul where I cover a broad range of financial and general news. I joined Reuters in Ankara in 1996 and left Turkey to work in London in 2000. I returned to Istanbul in 2003."
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