Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Turks clash with police despite deputy leader's apology

Protesters clashed with police across Turkey overnight despite an apology for police violence from the deputy prime minister designed to halt an unprecedented wave of protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc was due to meet on Wednesday with organisers of the original demonstration against plans to build a replica Ottoman-era barracks on Istanbul's Gezi Park in Taksim Square. But he refuses to talk to uunamed groups he accuses of exploiting the situation to foment violence.

On Taksim itself, now focus of broader protests against what many see as Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian style of government, thousands remained at a makeshift camp despite rain. On a street off the square some skirmished with police who used tear gas.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/05/us-turkey-protests-idUSBRE94U0J920130605