President, opposition leader meet over Taksim protests

Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Turkey's main opposition CHP leader Kilicdaroglu met on Monday over the recent protests regarding Istanbul Taksim Gezi Park, as CHP officials continue targeting Erdogan.

President, opposition leader meet over Taksim protests


World Bulletin/News Desk

The leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP), which has supported the protests sparked by police violence exerted while dispersing a sit-in protest at Taksim's Gezi Park last week to prevent the park's demolition, has asked for an appointment with President Abdullah Gül.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu met on Monday over the recent protests regarding Istanbul Taksim Gezi Park.

Following the meeting, Kilicdaroglu told reporters that he conveyed to Gul that expressing demands was very natural in democracies.

Kilicdaroglu said he expressed his concerns about the protests, adding that the remarks of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan could escalate the protests instead of calming down, and reminded Gul that the President had some responsibilities.

Upon questions from reporters, Kilicdaroglu said that police used disproportionate force on protestors.
Kilicdaroglu said that the prime minister should apologize to the public, adding that they did not approve a protest which vandalized the public properties.

Protests should not turn into violence acts, otherwise, they become undemocratic, said Kilicdaroglu.
Meanwhile, the CHP presented a motion to Turkish Parliament about the protests. The CHP will ask the Parliament to debate the motion on Tuesday.

In another development, CHP Deputy Chairman Gökhan Günaydın said it is time for a prime minister who is by now calling his visitors “plunderers” to leave.

Another CHP deputy chairman, Faruk Loğoğlu held a press conference on Monday, saying the Gezi park incidents were proof that the government is “done for.”

He also said the CHP has no party links to this “people's movement.” Erdoğan has accused the CHP of being behind the events. He said the government should revoke all the bans it has introduced and drop its cruelty.

The government has recently been criticized by some segments of society for introducing restrictions on alcohol consumption. Erdoğan also referred to anybody who consumes alcohol as an "alcoholic."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Haziran 2013, 10:54
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