Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Biden urges Turkey to respect protesters, We do in our Country (see image)

Vice President Joe Biden urged Turkey's government on Tuesday to respect the rights of its political opponents after a violent crackdown against anti-government protesters raised concerns about the NATO ally.

Turkey's deputy prime minister, Bulent Arinc, issued an apology to people involved in a protest last week when a group demonstrating against plans to build at an Istanbul park was met with teargas and water cannons.

That protest then grew into the biggest and most violent anti-government demonstration in years as Turks complaining of what they say is Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's authoritarian style took to the streets in dozens of cities.