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Erdogan 'Losing Patience' With Protests

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Ankara Jun. 9, 2013.
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Ankara Jun. 9, 2013.
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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told thousands of his supporters that he has limited patience with the anti-government protests, now in their 10th day.

Erdogan delivered several speeches Sunday, demanding that the protesters give up. He said the marchers would "pay a price" and he said he would have to "speak the language" they understand.

He also urged his supporters to avoid violence themselves and use local elections next March to "teach a lesson" to their opponents.

Police used tear gas and water cannons to break up more demonstrations in Ankara and Istanbul Sunday.

Three people have been killed and thousands hurt since the protests began 10 days ago against government plans to tear down a public park in Istanbul. They have since turned into protests against what marchers call the prime minister's imposition of his Islamist views on a secular nation.

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by: Anonymous
June 10, 2013 4:18 AM
EU and US shoud call on Erdogan step down like they do for Assad.
and EU & US should provide support to protester, maybe called rebel or opposition


by: Fatima from: Turkey
June 09, 2013 4:19 PM
here we have another brutal Muslim dictator and what does Obama do...?? does he call Erdogan the "step down"...??

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by: Anonymous
June 09, 2013 7:03 PM
Haha, you got him

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by: Alexander Benn from: Victorville
June 09, 2013 6:28 PM
YESSSSSSSS , why Mr. Obama , don't ask this mean , dangerous turk politician , to step down , like you asked to Assad and Gadhafi ?????????? .Mr. Obama be honest , with all , not with just Assad , who fight against "ALKHAIDA "

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