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Eroğan has reiterated that the government's patience was 'coming to an end', making a very negative description of the situation at Gezi Park. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Eroğan has reiterated that the government's patience was 'coming to an end', making a very negative description of the situation at Gezi Park. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Resuming his rhetoric of distinguishing between “well-intended” and “ill-intended” protesters, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has resorted to an extremely bitter and threatening language in slamming those ill-intended ones.

Addressing an audience of former heads of municipalities that had been closed upon the adoption of a law on metropolitan municipalities on June 13, his remarks came just a day after he met a group of activists, an initiative considered to be a conciliatory gesture after his tone inciting tension for the past two weeks.

Erdoğan shockingly used a less than insulting approach against the “ill-intended” protesters. “Right now, Gezi Park is filled with filth, in the name of environmentalism. Some say it is magnificent and all, no offence but they should not attempt to fool us. You can hardly walk in the smell of piss and most of them are defecating there. All of that is identified. I do not mean the sincere ones. They go and fulfill their need in the hotels they made a deal with,” he said, estranging the protesters.

In line with his order of removing the “ill-intended” protesters from Taksim Square within 24 hours, Erdoğan declared that it was his “last warning” for protesters to evacuate Gezi Park. “Our patience is coming to an end. I’m making my last warning: mothers, fathers please withdraw your kids from there,” he said. 

“We cannot wait any longer because Gezi Park does not belong to occupying forces. It belongs to everybody,” he said fostering his uncompromising stance. “I am telling my sincere, environmentalist, honest brothers: Do not upset us any longer, withdraw and leave us alone with those extremist terrorist organizations.” 

Erdoğan also buttressed the actions of the police, saying that “Security force uses tear gas when needed. This is their most natural, legal right.” 

While using the verb “clearing” to refer to the harsh police intervention on June 11 in Taksim Square with the declared intention of removing flags and banners, Erdoğan also argued that in both EU law, advanced democracy, including the U.S., tear gas was used, alongside regular and colored water cannons. “They are saying those under custody must be released. Your wish is my command. We will release them immediately,” he added, sarcastically.

Erdoğan also issued a warning to the judiciary saying, “I am expecting the judiciary to fulfill its duty. I am saying this clearly. The address of this message is clear. Because using Molotovs is a crime, destroying, disrupting public peace are crimes.” 

The media was also not exempt from receiving criticism from the premier, as he said “Right now, certain media, alongside some international media institutions, are in a deceptive as much as an immoral attempt to show demonstrations as a Turkey landscape,” he said, while explaining that the reason of his planned rallies soon to take place in Ankara and Istanbul was to make the world hear the voice of the silent masses, presumably the 50 percent of the population that voted for the AKP he said they were barely holding back.


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An Observer

6/14/2013 5:55:43 PM

This is what you get when you elect a former semi-professional footballer as head of government. It's like making Wayne Rooney the next Secretary General of the UN - it just doesn't work...

vladimir kocur

6/14/2013 12:09:37 AM

Why is no one asking who OWNS Gezi Parki? Why MUST this park be developed? Why has the contract to do the job? Who is going to profit? Where are the documents about the sale? These should be public documents, accessible to all interested parties. It cannot be that a large piece of public land can be 'taken' by ....shadowy business groups and no one knows who they are. THERE IS RULE OF LAW in Turkey.

Gregory Weiher

6/13/2013 11:37:10 PM

Most troubling is the thinly veiled threat to the judiciary. Not only does he insult the protesters, he instructs the judiciary to punish them. If this is the way he wants it to work, why have an independent judiciary at all?

young genius

6/13/2013 11:02:24 PM

I'm just wondering how far can and will RTE go. People that buy into his claims are daft.

young genius

6/13/2013 10:50:25 PM

@James Hanvey his mother. she'll be part of the conspiracy theory too.

Free Speech

6/13/2013 10:17:51 PM

President Erdoğan MUST apologize to all those injured and killed and MUST compensate the families of those killed with one million dollars each - these were President Erdoğan's very own demands following the Mavi Marmara incident.

James Hanvey

6/13/2013 10:11:26 PM

Is there anyone that Mr. Erdogan is not blaming for the crisis in Turkey? The list seems to grow with each additional speech.

John Smithicks

6/13/2013 10:02:58 PM

so he has moved from commenting on drinking habits to commenting toilet habits? how intrusive is this man's agenda?

True Turk

6/13/2013 9:43:19 PM

Erdogan did not say; "You can hardly walk in the smell of piss and most of them are defecating there." What he said was; "I grew up around Gezi park and you could hardly walk in there for the smell of piss and some people even defecated in there. We were trying to improve matters rather than destroy them." This is the first time I have see with my own eyes HDN misrepresenting what was said. I hope it is a mistake.

Blue Dotterel

6/13/2013 9:26:01 PM

Erdogan thinks he is an environmentalist now? Can't think of anything he has done for the natural environment off hand. Can anyone? 2B, ah, no, Gezi Park, ah, no, the Bosphorus and Belgrade Forest, ah, no, the Black Sea coast, no. I'm sure there is something somewhere, maybe way back when he was a mayor. Come on guys, think!
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