Friday, June 7, 2013

Turkish PM cheered in show of strength as protests go on

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told thousands of cheering supporters on Friday his authority came from the ballot box and urged them not to be drawn into violence, in a show of ruling party strength after a week of fierce anti-government protests.

Addressing crowds at Istanbul airport from an open-top bus after returning from a trip to North Africa, Erdogan called on his ruling party faithful to show restraint and distance themselves from "dirty games" and "lawless protests".

Turkey has been rocked by its worst political unrest for decades over the past week, as anti-government riots dented Erdogan's authority, sullied the country's image abroad and highlighted concerns about human rights and freedom of speech in the EU candidate nation.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/07/us-turkey-protests-idUSBRE94U0J920130607