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.
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.
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.