POLITICS > Turkish PM Erdoğan to meet with Taksim protesters on Wednesday, Deputy PM says


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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet with a group representing the Taksim Gezi Park protesters on June 12, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said today, speaking after a Cabinet meeting headed by Erdoğan.

“The prime minister has given an appointment to some groups for Wednesday. They will be briefed on the facts of these incidents and our prime minister will listen to their thoughts,” Arınç told a group of reporters in Ankara after a six-hour-long Cabinet meeting.

However, Arınç did not identify the groups that would be met.

Meanwhile, the Taksim Solidarity Platform, which organized the protests against the park’s demolition from the very first day and held a meeting with Arınç on June 5, announced via its Twitter account that it was not the group that would be meeting with Erdoğan.

Arınç said “illegal demonstrations” would no “longer be allowed” in Turkey. “If the issue is the environment, democracy and human rights, then we really want to talk to the addressees of these issues,” he said, adding that damage to business places caused by the ongoing protests would be covered.

Meanwhile, the Deputy PM also said the government had “more than one concrete piece of evidence” about "foreign actors" behind the Gezi Park protests.

“We are seriously working on the domestic and foreign dimensions of the incidents. It looks as if these incidents are planned from one center and that there are internal efforts to make the incidents seem more than what they really are,” said Arınç.

He also said that Çarşı, football club Beşiktaş’s legendary supporters’ group, had declared that it would no longer support the protests, adding that other supporters’ groups might make similar statements soon.


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mara mcglothin

6/12/2013 5:23:44 AM

How will he ever be able to show his face in front of the people he has abused for the last 24 hours??? Oh! Sorry, he probably wouldn't be watching the LIVE coverage of Taksim. How very sad for Turkey to have this represent them on the international stage.

young genius

6/11/2013 10:59:56 AM

Why would the PM want to meet with the protestors anyway? Does he want to get eaten alive?

Dave Chapman

6/11/2013 8:48:20 AM

PM wants to talk? With a gas mask on presumably. Disgrace. Last crumb of credibility/sincerity gone

Blue Dotterel

6/11/2013 6:43:16 AM

@KM, I can't imagine why Çarsi would retreat over the stabbing of one of its members by a beer lout. Worse happens in the aftermath of Turkish football matches. It would be interesting to know who actually did the stabbing and what his background is.

Misses Ataturk

6/11/2013 12:36:56 AM

Why bother with this? He won't listen. Mr Dicktator will only do what he likes still.


6/10/2013 10:52:02 PM

And Carsi announces on its Facebook page that it is not retreating. Cover that, HDN!

Can Lamberoglu

6/10/2013 10:50:10 PM

That should be interesting. Will he be carrying gas guns and pepper spray to emphasize his rhetoric to the ungrateful, drinking, kissing, twittering Capulcu's? Is he going to mix with the crowd to talk to them, or will he hide behind his TOMA water guns? Maybe he will send mandatory attendance instructions, provide the customary buses and pay the customary 100 TL each to his supporters to come to Taksim, and then talk to them? Who is paying for their propaganda machine? His 50% or all Turks?


6/10/2013 10:43:04 PM

Everything the gov't claims so far has been exposed as a lie. The "Foreign Actors" story still has no basis. How long before cArsi issues its rebuttal?


6/10/2013 10:34:57 PM

will it be picked by big boss ...can we have see live if there will be no fixing

Blue Dotterel

6/10/2013 10:08:48 PM

"According to the Turkish Medical Association's firsthand data, as of 5th June, 3 people are dead; 4,355 have been treated for injuries, 10 have lost their eyes, and 3 are in critical condition because of anti-riot police brutality." And that is without foreign governments arming and funding terrorists to kill the security forces and civilians.
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