Monday, June 3, 2013

Turkish PM Erdogan calls for calm after days of protests

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called for calm on Monday, after a weekend of fierce anti-government protests, urging people not to be provoked by demonstrations he said had been organized by "extremist elements".

The main Turkish share index fell by 6.67 percent when markets reopened. The lira was also lower and bond yields rose.

"Be calm, relax, all this will be overcome," Erdogan told a news conference at Istanbul airport before his planned departure on an official visit to Morocco.