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Demonstrators form a human chain in front of security forces at Taksim square late June 12. REUTERS photo

Demonstrators form a human chain in front of security forces at Taksim square late June 12. REUTERS photo

Demonstrations in Gezi Park carried on peacefully on the 16th day of the protests, a night after violent clashes at the Taksim Square, as the government proposed a referendum on the fate of the park. 

Despite the announcement from the Istanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu via his Twitter account that no intervention would be made during the night at the park, some frictions arose between some small groups and the police. 

As police issued a warning to protesters “not to get close” to the area where officers were stationed, some protesters formed a human chain to prevent any scuffle from breaking out at the square, which is adjacent to the park. 

Deputies from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) also showed up in the demonstrations while artists organized a sit-in in the evening at the park 

Taksim Platform refuses referendum

Meanwhile, members of the Taksim Solidarity Platform that met the deputy prime minister last week said that they did not accept the government’s proposal of a referendum. “Nobody met with us. We rose up because we refused the police oppression that continued until this morning. [The ruling AKP's spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik] said those who stay in the park are marginal. No one will abandon the site tonight,” the group said in a statement. 

June/13/2013

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mara mcglothin

6/13/2013 3:33:30 PM

What is gas for anyway???AMERICAN AMERICAN

american american

6/13/2013 2:19:39 PM

police subsequently gas human chain in order to continue friction

nky otj

6/13/2013 11:41:46 AM

Gross vandalism ensued, totaling $45 million in damages. (As of June 4rd 2013) 280 workplaces, 6 public buildings, 103 police vehicles, 207 private cars were damaged by protesters is it democracy ? it's a good picture thet chosen with people behind the turkish flag and Atatürk's poster at the back side !

K M

6/13/2013 8:14:03 AM

both here and in the Syria situation, the Akp shows repeatedly that it has no understanding of negotiation. It means talking with opponents, not friends. (Is it really that complicated?)
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