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Erdogan says protestors ‘mobs’, police fails to disperse demos

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Erdogan says protestors ‘mobs’, police fails to disperse demos

Al Manar

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused foreign actors on Tuesday of inflaming the protests in Turkey that continued despite the police raid against Taksim Square in Istanbul.

During a meeting with his parliamentary bloc in the Turkish capital, Erdogan asked the protestors to stop “the violent actions,” stressing “there will be no more tolerance for demos across the country.

“Some political parties intend to cause harm to the Turkish economy through driving the protestors to continue these violent actions,” he said.

Describing the protestors as “mobs” due to what he called “the sabotage they have committed, Erdogan pointed out that his cabinet does not discriminate between the Turkish people.

“We do not discriminate between the Turkish people according to their religious, geographical, or political affiliations,” he said.

Erdogan further accused the social networks of stirring up the demonstrations that have left 4 killed so far.

The Turkish PM also praised the police move in storming Taksim Square Tuesday, and challenged the protestors saying “I will not beg you to stop the demonstrations.”

The Turkish police had stormed Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday morning, yet it failed to evacuate protestors from the square although the policemen used water cannons and tear gas to disperse them.

The clashes in Taksim Square have continued for the tenth day. On a daily basis, more protestors are wounded and more others are arrested by the police.

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Turkish Riot Police Storm Taksim Square, Clash with Protesters

Al Ahed news

Hundreds of Turkish riot police entered Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Tuesday, firing water cannon and teargas to scatter small numbers of protesters involved in demonstrations against plans to redevelop a park there.

Police removed protesters’ banners which had been hung from a building overlooking the square and the local governor said the police had no intention of breaking up the protest in the adjoining Gezi Park.

“Our aim is to remove the signs and pictures on Ataturk statue and the Ataturk Cultural Centre. We have no other aim,” Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu wrote on Twitter. “Gezi Park and Taksim will not be touched.”

Hundreds of protesters with gas marks and plastic building site helmets gathered on steps leading from the square to the park, while police stationed water cannon vehicles around the square.

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Turkey’s police arrest 13 Twitter, Facebook users

Press TV

The Turkish police in the southern province of Adana have arrested 13 more users of Twitter and Facebook, as anti-government demonstrations enter the eleventh day.

The Twitter and Facebook users were sent to court on Monday on charges of provoking protests and orchestrating attacks on police forces.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week that social networks are “the worst menace to society.”

On June 5, police detained twenty-five people for posting materials on Twitter, which the police said contained “misleading and libelous information,” state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Dozens of Twitter users have been arrested since the upheaval began on May 31.

However, Ali Engin, a local official for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said they were detained for “calling on people to protest.”

On Sunday, Erdogan made a series of speeches, warning that there’s a limit to his patience, demanding an end to the protests, and threatening to hold those who don’t respect his government to account.

He has also called for major pro-government rallies in Ankara and Istanbul next weekend. – See more at: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/06/10/308282/turkey-nabs-13-twitter-facebook-users/#sthash.GETi6gVZ.dpuf

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