June 7, 2013 / 12:07 PM / 5 years ago

EU urges Turkey to probe excessive use of police force

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey must investigate whether police used excessive force in a crackdown on days of anti-government demonstrations and hold those responsible to account, European Union enlargement commissioner Stefan Fuele said on Friday.

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“Peaceful demonstrations constitute a legitimate way for ... groups to express their views in a democratic society. Excessive use of force by police against these demonstrations has no place in such a democracy,” Fuele said in a speech at a conference attended by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

“I am happy that even the government admitted that. What is important now, is not only to launch a swift and transparent investigation but also to bring those responsible to account.”

Reporting by Asli Kandemir and Justyna Pawlak; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Daren Butler

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