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Jun 27, 2013

Small anti-government protests rumble on in Turkish capital

ANKARA (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in a residential area of the Turkish capital overnight, setting up barricades and lighting small bonfires.

Weeks of often violent anti-government protests have mostly died out in Istanbul and the centre of the capital Ankara, but daily demonstrations by a small core have continued in its recently developed working-class Dikmen district.

Jun 26, 2013

Turkey seeks to tighten grip on Twitter after protests

ANKARA, June 26 (Reuters) – Turkey said on Wednesday it had
asked Twitter to set up a representative office inside the
country, which could give it a tighter rein over the
microblogging site it has accused of helping stir weeks of
anti-government protests.

While mainstream Turkish media largely ignored the protests
during the early days of the unrest, social networking sites
such as Twitter and Facebook emerged as the main outlets
for Turks opposed to the government.

Jun 21, 2013

In Turkey’s pious heartland, protests seem world away

KONYA, Turkey (Reuters) – “This Nation Is With You” declares a small billboard in the centre of this conservative central Turkish city, the words emblazoned on an image of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and a sea of his flag-waving supporters.

Cosmopolitan Istanbul or the avenues of the capital Ankara, rattled by weeks of anti-government protest, seem a world away from Konya, an industrial city in Turkey’s pious Anatolian heartland, where support for the premier appears resolute.

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 15, 2013

Turkish protesters defiant as Erdogan delivers ultimatum

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned anti-government protesters on Saturday that security forces would clear Istanbul’s Taksim Square if they did not withdraw before a ruling party rally on Sunday.

After two weeks of protests against his leadership, Erdogan vowed to crush his opponents at elections next year, in a speech to tens of thousands of flag-waving supporters on the outskirts of the capital Ankara.

Jun 13, 2013

Turkey’s Erdogan says patience run out with protesters

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, June 13 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister
Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday his patience had run out after
almost two weeks of anti-government protests and gave a final
warning to those occupying a central Istanbul park to leave.

In a speech at a meeting of his Justice and Development (AK)
Party, Erdogan struck back at criticism from the European
Parliament over the ferocity of a police crackdown and accused
some international media of exaggerated reporting.

Jun 12, 2013

Turkish protesters party in square despite ruling party call

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, June 13 (Reuters) – Hundreds of
anti-government demonstrators chanted and sang in Istanbul’s
Taksim Square early on Thursday, defying an order to end almost
two weeks of protests against Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan.

The deputy chairman of Erdogan’s ruling AK Party, Huseyin
Celik, said late on Wednesday that the protesters should
withdraw from Gezi Park, a leafy corner of the square where they
have set up a ramshackle settlement of tents.

Jun 12, 2013

Turkish ruling party orders protesters from Istanbul park

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party ordered protesters out of an Istanbul park on Wednesday, while making a limited concession in the form of an offer to hold a referendum on redevelopment plans that caused nearly two weeks of riots.

Huseyin Celik, deputy chairman of the Justice and Development (AK) Party, said hundreds of demonstrators still camped in Gezi Park, which adjoins Taksim Square in the heart of Istanbul, must leave immediately.