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Gezi Park Reeks Says Erdogan

World  (tags: 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', 'HUMANRIGHTS!', clash, conflict, Erdogan, Protest )

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Turkey's prime minister called on protesters camped out in Istanbul's Gezi Park to pack up and leave. "We are running out of patience," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told members of his party in the capital, Ankara, on Thursday.


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Kit B (276)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 7:52 am
Photo Credit: CNN
Riot police fire tear gas canisters at protesters in Taksim Square on June 11.

Istanbul (CNN) -- Turkey's prime minister called on protesters camped out in Istanbul's Gezi Park to pack up and leave. "We are running out of patience," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told members of his party in the capital, Ankara, on Thursday.

"I am making this warning for one last time."

Rather than softening his stance toward the protesters, he intensified his heated rhetoric, at times pushing into the absurd.

Gezi Park reeks, making it high time for police to clear it out, Erdogan said.

"It stinks of pee. In fact, some of them even poo in there."

He lashed out at rowdy demonstrators, whom he called "vagabonds" and "thugs." But he also told peaceful protesters they need not complain about the actions of his police, because they had put themselves in the line of tear gas fire by associating with the wrong people and illegal groups.

"Where dry wood is burning, fresh wood will also burn unnecessarily," he said. He vowed to continue routing out rowdies. He ordered peaceful protesters out of the park, asking them to leave police alone with "illegal groups."

"I call on mothers to take their children from the park," he admonished them. "Gezi Park does not belong to occupiers. It belongs to Istanbul's people."

Erdogan's party has organized counterprotests for the weekend to give a voice to Turkey's "quiet majority to the people and the world," he said. They will show the international community "a real, true picture of Turkey."

Two rallies will be held away from anti-government protests to avoid possible confrontations, he said.

No negotiations

Potential negotiations between Erdogan and protest leaders deteriorated Wednesday, when many of the leaders backed out over resentment of heavy-handed police measures the previous night.

The meeting turned into a powwow between the prime minister and protesters friendly with his government, one protest leader who did not attend said.

With no sign of meaningful negotiations with protesters on the horizon, Turkey, a NATO ally with a democratically elected government, could see clashes grip more of the country. And harsh actions against protesters could strain Erdogan's strategic friendships with much of the West -- relationships that are particularly critical in light of the civil war ravaging Turkey's neighbor, Syria.

Opinion: Past and future collide in Turkey clashes

The anti-Erdogan protests show no sign of abating.

What began in late May as a demonstration focused on the environment -- opposition to a plan to build a mall in Gezi Park -- has evolved into a wider protest against Erdogan that's spread around the country.
****Updated at 9:39 EDT - 13 June 2013

By: Ben Brumfield and Gul Tuysuz, CNN

* See also Letter of Pride from Protesters

Diane K (134)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 8:25 am
All I can say is "true colors" seem to show, for what the government & police of Turkey are really like.
thanks for post

JL A (281)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 8:25 am
Seems the human rights violations will continue until and unless the UN steps in

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 8:33 am
Thank you! I suspect this will spread to each and every country around the world as the corporations take more and more from every country.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:16 am
So sorry, Erdogan, but my sympathies lie with your protestors - perhaps a little negotiation would help?

roxy H (350)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 11:31 am
Leave the park alone to the people? Think that might be a simple solution? the Turkey Govt can take over plenty of other green area's ... Take a different TREE! dammit..leave the protester keep that one... pretty simple

roxy H (350)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 11:36 am
P.S. After I broke open my newest headlines, once again, all my internet and access to the outside media was immediately stopped, all my computers were attacked and my main computer was totally wiped out. I lost all my hard drives and files. SOOOO, hurdles and money spent to get my crap back together. If I have to, I will go to the library to get online, there is always ways to contact. Like it or not, they can not keep this Kitty-Wolf quiet...muahahahaha

Jo S (619)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 12:22 pm
It seems these poor people will never know the right to be free, so sad.
Noted & shared.
Thanks Kit

Judith Hand (55)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 12:39 pm
Noted. I was going to say that it's sad and a shame that the Prime Minister isn't going to listen rather than just warn and that 'but of course it's not America'. Then I thought of how the Occupiers were treated in New York and decided to simply say that it's sad and a shame.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 1:31 pm
His plans now of a referendum are quite smart and tricky, knowing a majority will vote for his plans, thus he can show his"democracy" again to the world. I think it was particularly bold and brash of his official to claim how much more Erdogan is liked by Turkish people than Obama and other leaders by their people.

Jae A (316)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 2:38 pm
My thoughts also Jude Hand.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 2:44 pm
Jude amd Jae-right, and that is why he got so smart to say to you and Europeans "clean your own house"

Birgit W (160)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:47 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 5:24 pm
Thank you.

Vallee R (280)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 7:04 pm
Thanks Kit - hope you are well.

rana azzam (51)
Friday June 14, 2013, 6:37 am
Democracy should prevail

Gabriele Abbey (11)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:09 am
Thank You - Democracy Now And Ever - Anywhere
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