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No clear result after talks between Turkey’s Erdogan, Taksim Solidarity members

Press TV

Negotiations between Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the representatives of anti-government protesters have ended without a clear result.

Members of Taksim Solidarity, a group that has been organizing protests at Gezi Park in the city of Istanbul, met with the Turkish premier overnight on Thursday in the capital, Ankara, in an effort to end a long-running protest sit-in at Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square without resorting to police intervention.

Witnesses said police fired tear gas at some 200 protesters who had gathered in Ankara city centre, near the offices of the prime minister, while the meeting was underway. Five demonstrators were also arrested.

Following the meeting, Huseyin Celik, a spokesman for Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), said construction work at the park would be suspended until a court ruling on the issue.

The Turkish official added that a referendum could be held on the future of Gezi Park after the court’s decision.

However, the Taksim protesters say that the issue is not just Gezi Park, and that they will continue their protests, which many of them say are against the ‘increasingly authoritarian style’ of Erdogan’s administration.

Taksim Solidarity does not represent all the protesters.


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