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Turkish Demonstrations Enter 10th Day

Protesters gather in Kugulu Park in Ankara, Turkey, late Friday, June 7, 2013.
Protesters gather in Kugulu Park in Ankara, Turkey, late Friday, June 7, 2013.
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Turkish police in Ankara and Istanbul have fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters early Sunday, the 10th consecutive day of unrest.

Late Saturday in Ankara, protesters slowly moved closer to the U.S. Embassy, burning barricades nearby as clashes broke out with police.

In Istanbul, thousands of demonstrators continue to occupy the city's central Taksim Square, marching, chanting and raising signs that call for the prime minister to step down. Protest-related violence has killed at least three people and wounded thousands since the demonstrations began.

The protesters remain defiant of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has called for an immediate end to demonstrations. Erdogan's governing AK party on Saturday rejected protesters' calls for early elections.

The protests were sparked more than a week ago by government plans to tear down a public park in Istanbul for new construction.  Erdogan has so far refused to scrap those plans.

Demonstrations have taken place in major Turkish cities in response to what a growing number of Turks see as Erdogan's authoritarian government.
 

 

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by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
June 09, 2013 9:53 AM
Erdogan needs to stop antagonizing his own people; the last thing that any one needs is another civil war in the ME. The potential exists that foreign, anti-turkey, elements exploit this civil unrest and an insurrection gets under way, leading to a civil war. Erdogan needs to defuse the conflict, with his own people; potentially set up a commission that brings voices from all sides to start dealing with a de-escalation of the policies that are causing these internal frictions.

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