Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Turkey Apologies To Protesters As Strike Starts, Government Blames Police

The Turkish government has apologised to people wounded in days of clashes and blamed police for sparking the initial clashes.

Overnight riot police in Istanbul and Ankara fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters who set cars ablaze and hurled stones in a fifth day of anti-government rallies that have now claimed the lives of two people.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc this morning blamed the firing of tear gas by police for sparking Friday's clashes that erupted at a demonstration to save a public park in Istanbul.