- Title: TURKEY: Riot police detain protester in Ankara
- Date: 13th June 2013
- Summary: ANKARA, TURKEY(JUNE 13, 2013) (REUTERS) RIOT POLICE MARCHING AS SMOKE RISING FROM THE GROUND MORE OF RIOT POLICE ARMOURED VEHICLE ON ROAD WATER CANNON DESTROYING BARRICADE POLICEMEN VARIOUS OF RIOT POLICE DETAINING A PROTESTER AFTER TAKING HIM OUT OF THE CAR RIOT POLICE FIRING SMOKE GRENADE VARIOUS OF RIOT POLICE STORMING A LIQUOR STORE AS THEY CHASE PROTESTERS
- Embargoed: 28th June 2013 13:00
- Location: Turkey
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Crime,General,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA5TTLIBEDGXHF3YO62Q1B2MKT0
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- Story Text: Riot police detained a protester and stormed local stores, chasing anti-government demonstrators early on Thursday (June 13) after they dispersed the crowd firing smoke grenades.
What began more than a week ago as a campaign against government plans to build over the park has spiralled 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 Erdogan, who has dismissed the demonstrators as "riff-raff", met a group of public figures on Wednesday (June 12) to discuss the unrest, which began as a peaceful campaign against plans to build on Gezi Park abutting Istanbul's Taksim Square.
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 centre 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.
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