Turkey: revolt continues. White House calls for end to violence

Demostrator dies. Erdogan accuses protesters of foreign ties

03 June, 20:52

    Anti-government demonstration in Turkey Anti-government demonstration in Turkey

    (ANSAmed) - NEW YORK/ANKARA - The White House is closely monitoring events in Turkey and calls on all parties to stop provoking violence, spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday. Peaceful demonstrations are vital to democracy, and the US hope the Turkish government will promptly investigate the episodes of violence, Carney said.

    At least 1,500 demonstrators have been arrested overnight and detained in unlawful conditions, Turkish opposition MP Aylin Nazliaka told Hurriyet online newspaper on Monday. Security forces herded detainees onto city buses at Kizilay, in the center of the capital, where a demonstration was underway near the president's office. "They were packed like sardines in a can, with no room to breathe", Nazliaka told the newspaper.

    Thousands of anti-government protesters have returned to Taksim Square in Istanbul on Manday evening. Clashes occurred with the police, which lobbed tear gas, local media reported.

    At least 1,500 demonstrators have been arrested overnight and detained in unlawful conditions, Turkish opposition MP Aylin Nazliaka told Hurriyet online newspaper on Monday. Security forces herded detainees onto city buses at Kizilay, in the center of the capital, where a demonstration was underway near the president's office. "They were packed like sardines in a can, with no room to breathe", Nazliaka told the newspaper.

    One week after the beginning of protests over Gezi Park in Istanbul, the situation is still very tense. Last night, police and anti-government demonstrators clashed in Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul. One of the demonstrators who reported serious injuries in recent clashes, Ethem Sarisuluk, who was being treated for a gunshot to the head, is brain dead, the secretary of the Turkish human rights foundation, Metin Bakkalci, announced. 'Doctors declared him brain dead', he said. In spite of high tensions across the country, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan maintained an official three-day visit to Maghreb and left Istanbul this morning after calling for calm. Erdogan also accused the protest movement of 'foreign ties' and being organized by 'extremist groups'. Violence in the past days and high tensions across the country led to a drop in Istanbul's stock market which registered a 10% downfall on Monday.

    Protesters, who are asking for the premier to step down, have denounced the 'censorship' by the main Turkish broadcasters of the protest movement, claiming they are following government orders. They also claim internet connections are being repeatedly interrupted in areas in which the excessive use of force against demonstrators has been denounced by international media outlets and by foreign capitals

    According to Amnesty International, five of the hundreds demonstrators who have reported injuries during the demonstrations are in critical condition and risk their lives. (ANSAmed).

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