Thursday, June 6, 2013

Turkey Protests Continue As Erdogan Returns

As protests continue in Turkey for the seventh day, supporters of the prime minister have been urged not to welcome him on his return from abroad.

"The prime minister does not need a show of power," deputy PM Huseyin Celik said after thousands of angry demonstrators called for the resignation of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

When Mr Erdogan flew out of Turkey on Monday - on a four-day visit to north Africa - he dismissed the protests, saying they would have died down before he returned.

However, protests continued, with police on Wednesday evening using tear gas and water cannon to disperse demonstrators in Ankara's central Kizilay Square.