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Night clashes in Turkey

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 - 00:58

June 12 - Clashes break out in Ankara and Istanbul as protests go into the night in Turkey. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Riot police fired smoke grenades to disperse protesters in the Turkish capital Ankara. Protesters supporting the Gezi park occupation clashed with police in the Sultangazi suburb of Istanbul on Wednesday night. Marching in the streets of the suburb chanting anti government slogans, protesters attacked police by hurling stones and throwing molotov cocktails at armored police vehicles and water cannons. What began more than a week ago as a campaign against government plans to build over an Istanbul park has spiraled into an unprecedented display of public anger over the perceived authoritarianism of Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party, leading to the worst riots in decades. Three people have died and close to 5,000 have so far been injured. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who has dismissed the demonstrators as "riff-raff", met a group of public figures on Wednesday to discuss the unrest. Turkey's ruling AK Party spokesman said after the meeting it would consider holding a referendum on redevelopment plans which sparked almost two weeks of violent demonstrations. The decision comes as Turkey's president called for dialogue with legitimate demonstrators after riot police cleared the Istanbul square at the center of almost two weeks of protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Abdullah Gul, who has taken a more conciliatory tone than Erdogan during the unrest, said it was the duty of government to engage with its critics but appeared to close ranks with the prime minister, saying violent protests were a different matter.

Night clashes in Turkey

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 - 00:58

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