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Protesters Give Turkish Government List of Demands

Anti-government protesters in Turkey have given the deputy prime minister a list of demands, including firing officials responsible for using force against the marchers.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc met Wednesday with demonstrators who are demanding freedom for all jailed protesters. They also insist the government give up plans to tear down a public park in Istanbul.

Plans to destroy the park for a new building sparked the protests last Friday. They have since turned into demonstrations across the country against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The marchers demand that he resign, accusing him of imposing his conservative Islamic views on secular Turks.

Police have used tear gas and water cannons to break up marches in Istanbul and Ankara. Two people have been killed, thousands hurt, and thousands of others arrested.

Arinc has apologized for the use of force. But Mr. Erdogan has dismissed the protests as bitterness by the opposition over lost elections.

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