UN secretary-general urges calm and dialogue in Turkey protests
UNITED NATIONS – Anatolia News Agency
Ban Ki-moon has called for calm in Gezi Park protests, his spokesperson told reporters. AA photoUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for calm and respect for the right of assembly in protests that have been continuing for two weeks in Turkey.
“The secretary-general appeals for calm and stresses the importance of addressing differences through dialogue,” said U.N. Secretary-General spokesperson Martin Nesirsky June 11.
“Protests should be peaceful and the right to assembly and the freedom of expression should be respected, as these are fundamental principles of a democratic state,” Nesirsky added.
Ban’s statement came as police intervened once again against protesters in Taksim Square in an attempt to clear the site of “banners and flags.”