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Jun 9, 2013

Turkey’s Erdogan vows to “choke” financial speculators

ANKARA, June 9 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan vowed on Sunday to “choke” financial market speculators
who he said were growing rich off “the sweat of the people”, and
urged Turks to put their money in state not private banks.

Speaking at a series of rallies in the capital Ankara after
a week of the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years,
Erdogan blamed a “high-interest-rate lobby” for causing
volatility in financial markets and vowed to stop them.

Jun 7, 2013

Tens of thousands cheer Turkish PM’s return after protests

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters welcomed back Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan from a North African tour on Friday in a show of strength after a week of violent anti-government demonstrations across the country.

Erdogan addressed crowds from an open-top bus at Istanbul airport in a speech also broadcast live on television, as supporters, who had blocked roads to the airport for hours, chanted his name.

Jun 6, 2013

Thousands of protesters await Turkish PM Erdogan’s return

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Istanbul and Ankara on Friday awaiting the return of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan from a North African tour, an arrival that could appease or aggravate a week of violent unrest.

Thousands massed in Istanbul’s Taksim Square for a seventh straight night, some chanting “Tayyip resign”, others singing and dancing. In Ankara’s Kugulu Park, thousands chanted anti-government slogans, sang the national anthem and swigged on beer.

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

Turkish deputy PM seeks to calm protests

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s deputy prime minister apologised on Tuesday for “excessive violence” by police in an effort to defuse days of unrest, comments which contrasted sharply with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s defiant dismissal of the protesters.

With Erdogan abroad and strikes and demonstrations still rumbling on after five days, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc sought to assuage some of the anger at the government’s initial hardline response to what began as a sit-in against plans to build on an Istanbul park.

Jun 4, 2013

Turkish deputy PM seeks to calm anti-government protests

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s deputy prime minister apologized on Tuesday for “excessive violence” by police in an effort to defuse days of unrest, comments which contrasted sharply with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s defiant dismissal of the protesters.

With Erdogan abroad and strikes and demonstrations still rumbling on after five days, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc sought to assuage some of the anger at the government’s initial hardline response to what began as a sit-in against plans to build on an Istanbul park.

Jun 3, 2013

Thousands take to streets in Turkey, clash with police

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Turkey’s four biggest cities on Sunday and clashed with riot police firing tear gas on the third day of the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years.

The din of car horns and residents banging pots and pans from balconies in support of the protests resonated across neighborhoods in Istanbul and Ankara late into the night, as hundreds of demonstrators skirmished with riot police.

Jun 2, 2013

Thousands take to streets on third day of Turkey protests

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, June 2 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of
people took to the streets in Turkey’s four biggest cities on
Sunday and clashed with riot police firing tear gas in the third
day of the fiercest anti-government protests in years.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan blamed the main secular
opposition party for inciting the crowds, whom he called “a few
looters”, and said the protests were aimed at depriving his
ruling AK Party of votes as elections begin next year.

Jun 2, 2013

Erdogan accuses Turkish opposition of provoking anti-government protests

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, June 2 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan accused Turkey’s main secular opposition party on Sunday
of stirring a wave of anti-government protests, as tens of
thousands regrouped in Istanbul and Ankara after a lull and
trouble flared again in the capital.

Police used tear gas on protesters in Ankara but the clashes
were relatively minor compared with major violence in Turkey’s
biggest cities on the previous two days.

Jun 2, 2013

Calm on Turkish streets after days of fierce protests

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Shopkeepers and municipal workers began cleaning the streets of Istanbul and Ankara on Sunday after the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years.

Pockets of die-hard demonstrators lit bonfires and scuffled with police overnight but the streets were much quieter after two days of clashes in which almost a thousand people were arrested and hundreds were injured.