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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.

Jun 13, 2013

Turkey seeks negotiated end to anti-government protests

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and the governor of Istanbul made what appeared to be final efforts to end two weeks of anti-government unrest by negotiation on Friday, meeting opponents of controversial plans to redevelop a city park.

Erdogan met a delegation 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.

Jun 6, 2013

Turkish protesters demand police sackings, unions join

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish demonstrators demanded the sacking of police chiefs on Wednesday over a fierce crackdown on days of unprecedented protest against what they see as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian rule.

A delegation of activists met Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc at his office in Ankara and demanded the release of detained demonstrators, a halt to the police use of tear gas, and the removal of senior officers who oversaw the crackdown.

Jun 5, 2013

Turks clash with police despite deputy leader’s apology

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Protesters clashed with police across Turkey overnight despite an apology for police violence from the deputy prime minister designed to halt an unprecedented wave of protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc was due to meet on Wednesday with organisers of the original demonstration against plans to build a replica Ottoman-era barracks on Istanbul’s Gezi Park in Taksim Square. But he refuses to talk to uunamed groups he accuses of exploiting the situation to foment violence.

Jun 4, 2013

Istanbul United: protests bring rival fans together, for now

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Days of anti-government protest in Turkey have achieved one feat that has eluded the authorities for years: uniting the fiercely rival and sometimes violent supporters of Istanbul’s “Big Three” football clubs.

Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce fans have come together in new-found solidarity during five days of demonstrations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Jun 4, 2013

Soccer-Istanbul United: protests bring rival fans together, for now

ISTANBUL, June 4 (Reuters) – Days of anti-government protest in Turkey have achieved one feat that has eluded the authorities for years: uniting the fiercely rival and sometimes violent supporters of Istanbul’s “Big Three” football clubs.

Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce fans have come together in new-found solidarity during five days of demonstrations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

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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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