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Scores Detained In Turkey As PM Backs Police Use Of Pepper Spray On Protesters

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85 protesters have been arrested for allegedly damaging public property and inciting violence.in Turkey following more than two weeks of anti-government protests.

Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler said on Tuesday that 62 people had been detained in Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city, while 23 others had been arrested in the capital Ankara as a result of raids in several cities.

“The operations are against members of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party, who also attended the Gezi Park protests, as part of an investigation being conducted by prosecutors for more than a year,” Guler added.

Earlier, police detained a dozen people who stood still at Istanbul’s Taksim Square in a form of passive defiance against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authority after activists were ousted from a sit-in at Gezi Park over the weekend.

Erdogan defended the police crackdown and use of pepper spray against the protesters on Tuesday after earlier use of tear gas and water cannons against peaceful protesters were widely condemned.

“Using pepper stray is natural right of the police. Have they fired a bullet, have they used guns?…The police forces have passed the democracy test,” Erdogan said in an address to his Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) parliamentary group at the assembly.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu sharply criticised Erdogan for his speech.

Accusing Erdogan of behaving a like a dictator, Kilicdaroglu said that Turkey’s reputation had increased as a result of “youth’s cry for freedom”.

“Our youth won. Recep Tayyip Erdogan lost,” Kilicdaroglu added in an address to CHP’s parliamentary group.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has stated that it documented “a huge wave of arbitrary detentions and police attacks” during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul over the weekend.

In a statement published on its website on Tuesday, HRW said Erdogan government’s use of force in a clampdown on protesters has “precipitated a deepening human rights and political crisis in Turkey”.

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  1. PROLL4ALL2SEE

    June 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    The suituation in Turkey, has risen to an alarming rate, may be as a result of political issue. Prime Min. Tayyip Erdogan has to trade carefully with its citizens, as recent crack down and detainment involves the Youths who are also participants in politics of the country. Here, care has to be taken when detaining protesters who are involved, so as, not to detain innocent youths going about there various calls of duty, and letting the protest escalate to serious fighting that could cause massive deteriotion and undevelopment in the country!

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