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'Patience has limits': Turkey PM

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 - 01:54

June 10 - New protests after Turkey's prime minister warns anti-government demonstrators there was a limit to his patience. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL The Turkish prime minister's warning of limited patience appears to have fallen on deaf ears. These were the scenes in Ankara on Monday as police broke up yet another protest to demand Tayyip Erdogan's resignation. What began as a campaign against government plans to build on an Istanbul park has turned into an unprecedented display of public anger. The focus of that anger is the perceived authoritarianism of Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted party. It's led to the worst rioting Turkey's seen in decades. Earlier on Sunday Erdogan told a rally of his supporters his patience had limits. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "We were patient, we will be patient, but there is an end to patience. Therefore those who do politics by hiding behind the protesters should learn the meaning of politics." His words brought a defiant response from those who want him out as protests continued in many towns and cities across Turkey. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH WOMAN, PROTESTER, SAYING: "Let me tell you this prime minister, we are also at the end of our patience. We have been resisting, protesting here for days without sleep, without food. We are asking for democracy, our rights. We do not want him to intervene in our rights - to decide how many children, our abortion right, and alcohol right." The violent police response to the protests has unleashed a wave of international criticism. The troubles have also brought turbulence to Turkey's financial markets and investors are bracing themselves for a similarly rough ride this week.

'Patience has limits': Turkey PM

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 - 01:54

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