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Jun 22, 2013

PM says protests serve Turkey’s enemies, crowd gathers in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told thousands of supporters in the Black Sea city of Samsun on Saturday that weeks of often violent protests against his government had played into the hands of Turkey’s enemies.

As he finished speaking, around 10,000 protesters had gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, many of them to attend a planned laying down of carnations in memory of the four people who had been killed in the unrest.

Jun 20, 2013

Turkey warns Germany as Berlin obstructs its EU path

ISTANBUL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday not to play politics with its European Union ambitions as Berlin blocked moves to open a new chapter in Ankara’s EU membership talks next week.

Turkey said failure to open the chapter would be a major setback in Ankara’s relations with the bloc and one senior Turkish official said it would “draw a strong reaction”.

Jun 20, 2013

Turkey warns Germany not to play politics over EU entry talks

ISTANBUL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday not to play politics with its European Union ambitions, and said failure to open a new chapter in accession talks next week would be a major setback in Ankara’s relations with the bloc.

Many EU capitals want to take the long-awaited step on Turkey’s path towards the EU next week, arguing Europe should capitalize on Ankara’s rising influence in the Middle East.

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 police fight protesters, clear square

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.

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.

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