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Turkish PM Erdogan meets protest representatives

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 - 01:14

June 12 - Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan meets with protest representatives, while some demonstrators say they had no voice at the meeting. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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After close to two weeks of demonstrations Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan sits down with a group of protesters to discuss the wave of anti-government demonstrations across Turkey. The meeting follows unrest after riot police cleared the Istanbul square at the center of the demonstrations. Some demonstrators say they have no representation at the table. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) GEZI PARK PROTESTER, DENIZ POLAT, SAYING: "We think that it is absurd and wrong to call this group. They have nothing in common with the lifestyle and problems of the people living in this country. They are not able to represent the demands of people who are showing this resistance." Others say they know too little about the people attending the meeting. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) GEZI PARK PROTESTER, ECE MERT, SAYING: "Of course there are some people who we can support. But, because we do not know why they are in this group and why they were invited, we have questions. So we are expecting a more open and transparent negotiation from them -- and until then -- we will remain here." As the talks ended demonstrators continue to gather in Turkey -- with protests once again expected to go into the night.

Turkish PM Erdogan meets protest representatives

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 - 01:14

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