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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.

Jun 5, 2013

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

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan returns on Thursday to a nation racked by protests against his leadership, in what could prove a pivotal moment in Turkey’s worst political unrest for decades.

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

Jun 3, 2013

Turkish PM Erdogan sees himself leading ‘Turkish Spring’

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – If there is a “Turkish Spring” to rival the pro-democracy uprisings that swept the Middle East, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan believes that he, and not protesters in Istanbul, is leading it.

Erdogan has used his blustering, assertive style and a common touch that courts the conservative Islamic heartland to dominate Turkish politics like no leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the modern secular republic in 1923.

Jun 1, 2013

Turkish PM calls for immediate end to protests as clashes flare

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called for an immediate end on Saturday to the fiercest anti-government demonstrations for years, as protesters clashed with riot police in Istanbul for a second day.

Erdogan vowed to push ahead with the redevelopment of the city’s central Taksim Square, a plan which triggered the demonstrations, and said the issue was being used as an excuse to stoke tensions.

May 17, 2013

Turkey’s Erdogan says U.N. must decide on any Syria no-fly zone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday it would be up to the U.N. Security Council to decide whether to establish a no-fly zone inside Syria and said he backed the involvement of Russia and China in planned peace talks.

Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington a day after discussing Syria with President Barack Obama, Erdogan said a no-fly zone could be discussed at a planned international conference on Syria backed by Washington and Moscow.

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