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
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.
ISTANBUL, June 12 (Reuters) – Turkish riot police fought
running battles with pockets of protesters overnight, clearing
the central Istanbul square that has been the focus of nearly
two weeks of protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
By dawn, Taksim Square, strewn with wreckage from bulldozed
barricades, was largely deserted and taxis crossed it for the
first time since the troubles started. Several hundred remained
in an endampment of tents in Gezi Park abutting the square.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police fought running battles with pockets of protesters overnight after storming a central Istanbul square in a show of force that risked ratcheting up tensions almost two weeks after anti-government demonstrations began.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who has repeatedly dismissed the demonstrators as “riff-raff”, was expected to meet protest leaders on Wednesday though one core group said it had not been invited and would not attend anyway.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police using tear gas and water cannon battled protesters for control of Istanbul’s Taksim Square, hours after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan demanded an immediate end to 10 days of demonstrations.
Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu appeared on television, declaring that police operations would continue day and night until the square, focus of demonstrations against Erdogan, was cleared.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to regain control of a central Istanbul square at the heart of anti-government demonstrations.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan struck a defiant note, declaring he would not yield to the protesters, while in a further sign of the effects the 10-day-old crisis has had on markets, the central bank said it would intervene if needed to support the lira.
ISTANBUL, June 11 (Reuters) – Turkish riot police fired tear
gas and water cannon at hundreds of protesters armed with rocks
and fireworks on Tuesday as they tried to take back control of a
central Istanbul square at the heart of anti-government
As Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called on the demonstrators
to leave Taksim Square, the central bank said it would intervene
if needed to support the lira.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police fired water cannon and teargas at hundreds of protesters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Tuesday, Reuters witnesses said, entering the square for the first time since demonstrations against plans to develop a park there turned violent.
The police move came after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan agreed to meet protest leaders, whose peaceful demonstrations two weeks ago spiraled into protests against his government in which three people have been killed and about 5,000 hurt.
ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told a rally of thousands of flag waving supporters on Sunday that his patience with anti-government protests had its limits, while tens of thousands flooded an Istanbul square demanding his resignation.
The majority Muslim but constitutionally secular nation has been shaken by a week of its fiercest protests in decades, unrest which has exposed fault lines between a religiously conservative heartland fiercely supportive of Erdogan and a secular middle class who fear creeping authoritarianism.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party on Saturday ruled out early elections as tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators defied his call for an immediate end to protests.
Huseyin Celik, deputy chairman of the Justice and Development (AK) Party founded by Erdogan just over a decade ago, said local and presidential elections would be held next year as planned, and a general election in 2015.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Thousands of Turks dug in on Saturday for a weekend of anti-government demonstrations despite Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s demand for an immediate end to protests that have spawned the most violent riots of his decade in power.
In central Istanbul’s Taksim Square, where riot police backed by helicopters and armoured vehicles first clashed with protesters a week ago, activists spent the night in a makeshift protest camp, sleeping in tents and vandalised buses, or wrapped in blankets under plane trees.