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Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu recalled the protests on Wall Street in the U.S. He said such incidents were regarded as ordinary elsewhere, but extraordinary in Turkey. REUTERS photo

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu recalled the protests on Wall Street in the U.S. He said such incidents were regarded as ordinary elsewhere, but extraordinary in Turkey. REUTERS photo

Sevil Erkuş Sevil Erkuş sevil.kucukkosum@hdn.com.tr

The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has reproached his U.S. counterpart over four different statements that have come from Washington criticizing the police crackdown on Turkish protesters.

“These sorts of incidents happen everywhere and they are considered unexceptional. Then why are they regarded extraordinary when happening in Turkey?” Davutoğlu said in response to statements from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Following the fourth statement from Washington since last week, most recently on Tuesday from Vice President Joe Biden urging Turkey’s government to respect the rights of its political opponents, the Turkish foreign minister called his U.S. counterpart by phone on Tuesday to respond to criticism of the police's violent crackdown against anti-government protesters.

“There is not a second class democracy in Turkey,” he said.

“In democracies, these protests may happen. There is a right to demonstrations in Turkey. We respect peaceful demonstrators, but there are also ones who abuse,” Davutoğlu told Kerry, citing those harming public property, according to the diplomat.

The minister recalled the protests on Wall Street in the U.S and said similar incidents were regarded as ordinary, but the ones in Turkey were considered extraordinary.

Meanwhile, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said that both ministers had a very positive relationship; however the U.S. State of Secretary could not remain indifferent when there were serious concerns.

Kerry did not attempt to categorize Turkey, Psaki said, adding that the support of officials for the peaceful protests would help to appease the situation.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hoped the Turkish government could “find a solution to the problems, which are not easy, set forth by opposition and civic society.”

Those protests would be discussed on legitimate platforms in such a way that people would hear each other, said Putin.

June/05/2013

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mara mcglothin

6/7/2013 3:52:31 PM

AMERICAN Didn't you mean "zero" problems???

Aryeh Rapaport

6/6/2013 10:25:17 PM

When Israel kills terrorists Erdogan and Turkish leadership knows to condemn, note morality but when Turkish officials kill 2 demonstrators- who have a right to protest in a Democratic country- Erdogans morality gets thrown out the window. Wait- maybe Turkey is just an Islamist extremists democracy; hence if you dont agree with Islamic policy or agenda you deserve to die. Disgraceful. May dead protesters rest in peace. May living protester continue upholding their right to demonstrate!!!

american american

6/6/2013 9:31:34 PM

but you still have no problems coming and begging us to help you asim

mike alexander

6/6/2013 7:09:49 PM

The key here is not if somebody should ignore Mr Kerry or not. It is that there is the perfect opportunity to kick out from Turkey the Islamists trio. Erdogan, Davudoglu and Bagis, before it is too late for the Turkish people. This should be the final objective so the 3 Innocent Turkish lives were not lost in vane. It seems that Al-Assad is not any worst than this trio when it comes to people's freedom, because their final goal is to apply the sharia law in Tiurkey !!!

mara mcglothin

6/6/2013 5:18:23 PM

KEN Everyone ignores John Kerry!

Ken Alden

6/6/2013 4:39:20 PM

It is sad to see that the "Top US Diplomat" Mr. John Kerry behaves in such un-diplomatic manner, as to use the public channels in discussing State Matters! The stress of one of the World's top jobs must be wearing him down, so much so, that he immagenes himself to be the ProConcul, at the time of ancient Roman Empire! Mr. Kerry, as a "Diplomat" you are counterproductive! P.S. No wonder that Israeli politicians ignores him!

Asim Ata Asim

6/6/2013 1:31:09 PM

US still think, they are the father of world..They didn't learn the lesson from Afghanistan. In each corner of world they pleased to tease Muslims. These so called secular, foreign supported protesters will not sustain long Insha Allah ..

A European

6/6/2013 12:29:47 PM

Nobody outside of Turkey really cares about what Ahemt has to say. The fact is, his country is in civil unrest, 3 innocent people have been killed so far, thousands wounded by unprovoked attacks by a brutal police force which resembles a gang of thugs and Turkey's financial markets are collapsing. Ahmet needs to wake up and smell the coffee before his country starts to fall apart at the seems.

Laz Kemal

6/6/2013 6:15:11 AM

He must have learned “happens in US too” nonsense distraction from Akyol. Few deaths in Occupy WS came after weeks of camping by the protestors. Couple of people died, one shot by another and a dead body was found in a tent believed to be drug related. After which police distributed flyers warning of unsanitary conditions created by these camps and gave them time to leave or be arrested. If he thinks AKP’s police behaved the same way he must have had a sip of wine and become a drunk alcoholic

Lawrence Clark

6/6/2013 12:53:17 AM

"To robbery, butchery, and rapine, they give the lying name of `government'; they create a desolation and call it peace". Did Tacitus foresee modern policy on urban redevelopment, protection of the environment, and the handling of public protest?
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