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U.S. State Department Spokesman Jen Psaki and the European Commissioner for enlargement Stefan Füle’s spokesperson have both called for the right to freedom of assembly to be observed. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah Gürel

U.S. State Department Spokesman Jen Psaki and the European Commissioner for enlargement Stefan Füle’s spokesperson have both called for the right to freedom of assembly to be observed. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah Gürel

The United States State Department and the European Union expressed their concern May 31, following the brutal police raids on demonstrators protesting the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park in the heart of Istanbul.

U.S. State Department Spokesman Jen Psaki said Washington was concerned about the number of injured in the police raids, emphasizing the respect for the rights of the protesters. 

“We believe that Turkey’s long-term stability, security and prosperity can be guaranteed with the protection of the fundamental freedoms. That’s what the [protesters] seemed to be doing. These freedoms are very important in a healthy democracy,” Psaski said, adding that they had seen Amnesty International’s report condemning police’s violence. 

Psaki also noted that the crackdown of the police forces armed with tear gas and water cannons happened in one of the most touristic places where many of the biggest hotels are located, indirectly warning that a travel advisory for U.S. citizens could be issued. “We will follow regularly the latest developments,” he said.

Meanwhile, the European Commissioner for enlargement Stefan Füle’s spokesperson Peter Stano also stressed that the freedom of assembly should be protected. “The European Commission is concerned about the recurring clashes between police and demonstrators in Istanbul. We condemn all excessive and disproportionate use of force,” Stano said in a statement. Füle will raise the issue during his meeting with Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin in Istanbul next week, Stano added. 


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Dave Chapman

6/3/2013 9:08:29 AM

@ Blue Dotterel: Oh indeed, we have all seen how Erdogan picks and chooses and misrepresents all manner of global policies to suit his own agenda. But why do you still refuse to acknowledge what this story is about? It is about the vile and callous way in which his forces are attacking HIS people. He makes no apology nor condemnation of the excessive force, and if you turn the wrong corner, friend, it will be you too. I wonder if by then you will understand the point?

Blue Dotterel

6/2/2013 6:42:21 PM

How many people have died in Greece as a result of EU austerity measures? Far more than died in Taksim, surely. How many people in the US have had their homes fraudulently stolen by the banksters? The same tactics used against the demonstrators in Taksim were used against the Occupy movement in the US, including the burning of possessions and the early morning attacks. people need to wake up in the West! Erdogan takes his cue from his NATO allies.


6/2/2013 3:28:11 PM

@mike alexander. Fortunately and not a moment too soon, Alexander the Macedon fed them a generous and well deserved serving of humble pie... Regards

Bagudu Bagudu

6/2/2013 1:03:21 AM

we dont want such nation in the EU

mike alexander

6/2/2013 12:02:34 AM

For those who did not understand my previous characterization for Blue Dotterel, the citizens of Athens considered all citizens of the other Greek cities states as barbarians. So they use to say: Those who are not Athenians are barbarians" !

young genius

6/1/2013 10:40:32 PM

The U.S. should stop supporting the AKP/RTE!! They still are.. It's sick. No support for the Turkish people whatsoever.

Geir Fugleberg

6/1/2013 10:39:34 PM

Blue Dotterel- I thought the loony left,SWP et all,the, comrades that knew only infatile slogans and not real arguments went extinct sometimes around 1990,-apparently I was wrong!!

andrea dealmagro

6/1/2013 5:37:28 PM

I deplore the attacks against the Turkish protesters in Istanbul as I protested the attacks against Occupy Wall Street protesters in NYC and other U.S. cities. Both episodes bring shame to political leaders.

mike alexander

6/1/2013 5:17:41 PM

Wow .... "Western barbarians" !!!!!! ... Blue Dotterel must be an Athenian !!!!

Al Rashid

6/1/2013 4:23:51 PM

This is the headline event throughout the European press, including the BBC in Britain. Needless to say it is also being linked to the banning of the sale of alchohol in Turkey after 10.00pm and the creeping islamisation of a supposedly secular country with european aspirations. I don't think the PM has really grasped how the alchohol ban has come across in europe and I can assure him and your readers it is nothing like the licensing laws of european states. It really is a disaster for Turkey.
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