Turkish PM urges protesters to leave Gezi Park

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he s asked a small delegation of protesters to convince hundreds of others occupying an Istanbul park to withdraw, hopefully within hours.

 

Turkish activists leading a sit-in were considering a promise Friday by Erdogan to let the courts and a potential referendum decide the fate of an Istanbul park development project that has sparked Turkey s biggest protests in decades. The pledge was made during last-ditch negotiations after Erdogan had issued what he called a “final warning” to protesters.

 

Erdogan told party members that the protesters in the park had “stayed long enough.”

 

Erdogan said he had told the protest representatives: “Go and speak to them … Don t let us be forced into reverting to different measures.”178530_85364650

2013-06-15

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