'Taksim Platform' presented demands to gov't

Platform members stated that "common demands" were presented to Bulent Arinc in the meeting.

'Taksim Platform' presented demands to gov't

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's Acting Prime Minister Bulent Arinc met with "Taksim Platform" on Wednesday.

Turkish protest group demanded that the government abandon plans to redevelop an Istanbul park and that it sack governors and police chiefs the group holds responsible for violence during days of clashes across Turkey.

Members of the Taksim solidarity group told reporters they had delivered the demands - also including the release of arrested protesters, a halt to police use of teargas and the removal of obstacles to freedom of speech - to Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc at a meeting in the capital Ankara.

The Gezi Park protests which started in reaction to a construction project in Taksim's Gezi Park in Istanbul turned into nation-wide demonstrations against the government. 

At a press conference on Tuesday, Arınç apologized to the peaceful protesters who were exposed to excessive force applied by the police. He made a distinction between the peaceful demonstrations held by environmentalists and the subsequent violent protests, adding that the ensuing fierce protests across the country have cost the country over TL 70 million.

Arinc is serving as the acting prime minister as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a trip to North Africa.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Haziran 2013, 14:54
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Freedom of speech and safety from government brutality are basic human rights. Those who violently attack peaceful protesters do not deserve to govern.