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Jun 12, 2013

Skirmishes in Turkey after police storm Istanbul 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.

Jun 12, 2013

Turkish police battle protesters after Erdogan warning

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.

Jun 11, 2013

Clashes in Istanbul as Turkish PM says he won’t yield

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.

Jun 11, 2013

Clashes as Turkish PM urges protesters to quit park

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
demonstrations.

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.

Jun 11, 2013

Turkish riot police clash with protesters in Taksim Square

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.

Jun 9, 2013

Tens of thousands on streets, Turkish PM Erdogan defiant

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.

Jun 9, 2013

Turkey rules out early polls, thousands defy call to end protest

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.

Jun 8, 2013

Thousands of Turks defy Erdogan’s call for end to protest

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.

Jun 7, 2013

Thousands of Turks defy Erdogan as protests rumble on

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 the worst political unrest of his decade in power.

In central Istanbul’s Taksim Square, where riot police backed by helicopters and armored vehicles clashed with protesters a week ago, activists spent the night in a makeshift protest camp, sleeping in tents and vandalized buses, or wrapped in blankets under plane trees.

Jun 6, 2013

Turkey’s Erdogan set to return to nation rattled by protest

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish police clashed with demonstrators overnight ahead of the return of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to a nation rattled by a week of protest against his leadership.

Erdogan returns from a visit to North Africa to face demands he apologize over a fierce police crackdown and sack those who ordered it, following six days of protests that have left two dead and more than 4,000 injured in a dozen cities.

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