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The country is already experiencing a 'Turkish Spring' that will not become a winter, Erdoğan says. AA photo

The country is already experiencing a 'Turkish Spring' that will not become a winter, Erdoğan says. AA photo

Turkish intelligence is looking into possible links between the incidents in Taksim Square and foreign powers, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at a press conference today before leaving for Morocco, accusing internal and foreign actors of supporting the Gezi Park protests.

“Our intelligence work is ongoing [to determine the foreign actors behind the protests]. It is not possible to reveal their names. But we will have meetings with their heads,” said Erdoğan.

Turkey mild against protesters: Erdoğan

“Those who advise us to be moderate must themselves first come to moderation,” he said, referring to the international reactions to the use of force against protests that have erupted in all corners of the country.

Erdoğan claimed 160 police officers and 60 citizens were injured yesterday, saying the high number of injured police officers was a proof that it was acting moderately.

“There is 50 percent of [the country who voted for the ruling Justice and Development Party - AKP], and we can barely keep them at home [and prevent them from coming onto the streets for counter-protests]. But we have called on them to calm down,” the prime minister also said.

“If necessary we will square accounts with them. We are determined in this and there are some visible evidences,” said Erdoğan.

The country is already experiencing a “Turkish Spring” and will not give way to those who want to turn it into a winter, Erdoğan said, referring to the economic development that has benefited some during his rule.

Per capita income has reached $10,500 during the ruling party’s tenure, he said, adding that this had made some “jealous.”

June/03/2013

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K M

6/6/2013 4:39:55 AM

T. C. Yes, there are outside provocateurs -- the same people who attacked the protesters in Rize. you think the AKP of all people doesn't understand how to do that?

Eric Martin

6/5/2013 11:23:07 PM

Foreigners loved the POOR and Undemocratic Turkey didn't they? Thanks hurriyet. my previous comments never got posted.

Anita Asar

6/4/2013 9:58:23 PM

Just had to laugh at the word INTELLIGENCE something not shown clearly by this ruling party. People can now see that the person and party they elected has not come up with the goodies! Very funny that just at this time there are the visits taking place to the other countries that kicked out their governments through people power. This government has lost its credibility and roll on next elections!

ege capulcu mustafa

6/4/2013 9:41:51 PM

Only gullible sheep believe Erdogan's 'foreign agents are responsible'. The rest of us believe what we are seeing and hearing from our friends via the social network.

Peter Kypros

6/4/2013 7:23:38 PM

The PM needs to face reality. He cannot take people back to dark ages. People like to be free to speak and demonstrate, have a drink when thy feel like it, believe in any God they want to including no God and if the occasion arises have a kiss in public too. Kissing is far more humane than killing and tear gassing and brainwashing to believe what some think is good to warship

ebby m

6/4/2013 4:23:28 PM

'foreign links' to Taksim protests will be announced when he visits Gaza.

Vangelis Denaxas

6/4/2013 2:48:19 PM

Although conspiracy theories are usually ridiculous, up to a point, if I was where he is now, I would also check out through intelligence agencies. This doesn't mean off course that a significant proportion of the population isn't unhappy about a range of Erdogan's policies. But at the same time, the broader geopolotical balances in the region are so fragile, that you never know...

P Elan

6/4/2013 2:05:41 PM

Nice picture with the article.

sam stevens

6/4/2013 1:48:43 PM

They were TURKS Mr Erdogan, whom you have angered. TURKS who should have the same rights as you & your Islamist voters, the right to 'choose' their own lifestyle. They are educated & think for themselves, you play with them at your peril.

Volkan Vurla

6/4/2013 11:55:44 AM

He's finally understood that it's not Ghandi or Ergenekon who is behind the protests but the CIA and the Gulen network. His Gulenist ministers and the Gulenist president Abdullah Gul are speaking out against him. Gulen himself just preached passive resistance against "oppression by beleivers." The Gulenists in the police are acting brutally to inflame the protests. The CIA is going to replace Tayyip with Gul because of Tayyip's support for the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra front in Syria.
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