Turkey Anti-Government Protests

August 8, 2013 by  

Turkey Anti-Government Protests, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to crack down on any anti-government protests as the conviction of hundreds in a coup plot fueled tensions.

Protests over government plans to redevelop an Istanbul park engulfed Turkey’s major cities for most of June amid resentment over what critics say is Erdogan’s increasing authoritarianism. Asked today if his government expects protests to flare again after summer holidays, he replied, “Opting for such a way would create problems for our country.”

“This country will respond in whatever way necessary with the full power of its security forces,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul after prayers marking Eid al-Fitr, the holiday celebrating the end of the Ramadan fast month. “It is very clear that none of these have anything to do with the search for freedom,” he said, referring to protests.

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